2010 TigsTown Player Capsule: Gerald Laird

Ready to take a look back at the performers of 2010 and what's in store for them in 2011? Head inside to read the 2010 player capsules! Next up is the other member of the catching duo, Gerald Laird, who didn't seem to bring his bat to play in 2010.

Five Numbers That Sum Up The Season




CS% ‘09

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What It All Means

It doesn't take much to know that Gerald Laird didn't have a great 2010 season, but if you needed some data to back it up, there's plenty available. His batting average was low, and his OPS+ shows that was by far the only problem, as even a bad average can be made up for with a solid walk rate and some power, but Laird finished at about half the median player. He was typically known for being stellar defensively and was so in 2009, but in 2010 his caught stealing percentage fell almost ten percent – and he allowed just one less stolen base in 2010 than he did in all of 2009, despite playing in only 65% of the games. What does it all add up to? A WAR below 0, indicating the Tigers would have been better off with a typical replacement player than they were with Laird.

What Does the Future Hold

Laird feels he should be an everyday catcher, and the Tigers are ready to move forward with Avila being their primary guy, so the writing is clearly on the wall that Gerald won't be a Tiger in 2011. Whether or not Laird will be able to get the opportunity he's looking for is yet to be determined, but for him to get that sort of chance and keep it, he'll have to produce better at the plate than he did in 2010. But either way, he won't be doing it in the olde English ‘D'.

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