Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila showed up in the press box Wednesday morning for what was described as an impromptu chat with reporters, his first such talk since the end of spring training.

Hours later, the Tigers completed a four-game sweep of the Cleveland Guardians at Comerica Park. Now the team hits the road against three American League Central foes, sitting at 34-47 with 12 games to go before the All-Star break.

“We’re all responsible,” Avila said Wednesday, a few months after stating a goal of making the postseason. “The players have to be accountable. The coaching staff has to be accountable. The front office has to be accountable. And it all starts with me.”

Tigers' Jonathan Schoop (7) greets teammate Javier Baez after Baez scored during the fifth inning against the Cleveland Guardians, Wednesday, July 6, 2022, in Detroit.

This season has left plenty to be accountable for.

An confluence of injuries and underproducing players has left the organization befuddled. The Tigers, with one of the worst offenses in baseball history, have a 0.5% chance to make the playoffs, according to FanGraphs‘ simulations.

The bright spot is rookie center fielder Riley Greene, who has settled in as the team’s leadoff hitter at 21 after missing the first two months of the season with a broken foot. His June 18 debut has sparked the Tigers to a 10-7 record with 5.29 runs per game, compared to an average of 2.6 runs a game before Greene’s promotion.


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