Quote of the Day: Mike Matheny, slave to orthodoxy

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If I were to make up a cliche quote from a manager about bungled bullpen usage, I probably wouldn’t make this one up because it’s too cliche and too on-the-nose. But Mike Matheny said it:

The save stat dictated what the manager of a team facing elimination did with his bullpen. That’s just . . . amazing.

Here’s a managerial quote I prefer:

“You don’t save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain.”

Leo Durocher said that. It applies both literally and figuratively.

Tigers sign Edwin Jackson to a minor league deal

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The good news: most-traveled-player ever Edwin Jackson has a job again. The bad news: it’s not with team number 15. He’s repeating himself, going back to the Tigers, for whom he pitched in 2009. Oh well.

Jackson, 35, posted a ghastly 11.12 ERA in 28 and a third innings over eight appearances with the Blue Jays this season, five of which came as starts. If he can manage to be merely bad instead of terrible he’s likely to get several starts for Detroit in the second half as the Tigers are playing for nothing and teams playing for nothing are well-served by veteran arms.

And heck, if he starts one in the next week or so and is amazing, maybe — just maybe — Detroit can flip him to team number 15? We can dream, can’t we?