Chris Ilitch provides further evidence that he never watches the Tigers

Detroit Tigers owner Chris Ilitch’s comments at Derek Lalonde’s inaugural Red Wings press conference prove he hasn’t seen his MLB team play this season.

After Jeff Blashill parted ways, the Detroit Red Wings completed their head coach search by hiring Tampa Bay Lightning assistant Derek Lalonde. It’s a big move for the Red Wings as Lalonde was part of the dominant Lightning teams that won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2020 and 2021.

Chris Ilitch, who owns the Red Wings as well the Tigers, was present at Lalonde’s launch press conference last week. During that press conference, Ilitch expressed his belief that he was “pleased with the progress” of the Tigers this season.

Chris Ilitch ‘pleased with progress’ of Tigers

Ilitch pointed out that he likes the progress made by the younger players on the team. But he described the team’s 29-45 start on July 1 as “a slow start.” Tigers fans are definitely hoping, but not entirely sure.

The Tigers have spent big bucks this offseason, such as on shortstop Javier Baez in manager AJ Hinch’s second season at the helm. But the win-now moves didn’t result in wins in Detroit.

This is an organization that has not had a winning record since the 2016 season. The team went 86-75 that year but did not qualify for the postseason.

Yes, Detroit has had its fair share of injuries this year, especially in their starting rotation. But there will be some who won’t believe Ilitch that the team is making progress. Look, there’s still plenty of time for the team to turn things around. But right now things are looking pretty bleak. Chris Ilitch provides further evidence that he never watches the Tigers

John Verrall

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