Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont regrets sending Prince Fielder

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Prince Fielder was thrown out at the plate in the second inning last night when third base coach Gene Lamont decided to wave the 300-pound slugger home from first base on a Delmon Young double.

After the game manager Jim Leyland called Lamont’s decision “a little overaggressive” while noting that it was still a bang-bang play.

Lamont also admitted: “If I had to do it over, I would have held him.”

Instead of potentially breaking through for a big inning with no outs and runners on second and third base the Tigers ended up failing to score and were shut out by the Giants while managing just two hits.

In retrospect the fact that Detroit was shut out might suggest Lamont made the right call to be very aggressive early in the game, but with Fielder as the runner and zero outs in the inning it was a very iffy decision.

Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash

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Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.

The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.

The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.