Arlo wrote:I'm with DHC on this one, as some of you may already know. I love Bonderman's potential, and think he can still become a very good pitcher, but I truly couldn't understand the decision to bring him to the majors so early, and particularly to leave him in Detroit for the duration of that tough season. Send him down to Toledo, give him time to develop, and reap the benefits in the future.
Agreed. I was never a fan of Bonderman making the big suqad last season either. I do think he held his own as well as could be expected. But I'd have much rather seen him in AA Erie or AAA Toledo last season, working his way through the minors until he was really ready.
Last season was a bust, and there was no good reason to have Bondy in Detroit. Everyone knew the Tigers weren't going to be good, so why not use some hack retread to fill in the rotation. Knowing the incompetency of the owner, Bonderman may have been as a ticket seller. "Come see our future stars now". I'm surprised Dombrowski let it happen.
Now that Bonderman's gotten his feet wet, the lineup's been improved, and he has a chance to work with a catcher who's known as a good handler of pitchers, having him in the bigs may not be such a terrible idea.
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