Watching the Tigers on the basepaths can sometimes feel like watching Wile E. Coyote trying to catch the road runner.
Dust is flying, but they just don't seem to be getting anywhere fast - and when they finally do arrive, it's just in time for the catcher to drop an anvil on their head.
It's frustrating to watch, obviously. And third-base coach Gene Lamont took plenty of heat for it, some well-deserved, some not.
Lamont has been relegated to the bench in 2013, with Tom Brookens guiding runners home, but don't expect wholesale changes in approach.
As manager Jim Leyland told reporters over the weekend at TigerFest, the fans might want to see more action on the bases, but that's not the kind of team president and general manager Dave Dombrowski has built.
This team hits singles, doubles and home runs. It won't often leg out triples or go from first to third on a base hit.
And that's perfectly fine, so long as the team's hitting doubles and home runs.
It's those power outages that cause concern and send fans' blood pressure through the roof when runner after runner is stranded.
You can't always wait for the home run. Even the best power hitters only average three home runs for every 10 fly balls.
Sometimes you need to force the issue or score that key late-innings run.
That's why the Tigers have to be better on the bases in 2013.
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