The Tigers have no shortage of right-handers to throw batting practice, from coaches to bullpen catcher Scott Pickens to former Major League catcher Joe Siddall at home games. However, they haven't had a lefty in several years.
It sounds like a trivial matter, but to players, it makes a difference. Prince Fielder compared it to trying to take a math exam without doing the homework leading up to it.
"It definitely helps having a lefty and a right-handed pitcher, because you're going to see both," Fielder said. "Especially for me, being a lefty, from the seventh inning on, that might be all I see. I definitely need it, personally, just to make sure I'm doing everything I can to prepare and help my team in those situations."