On Monday, LA Times columnist T.J. Simers (pictured) penned an unflattering portrait of Dodgers left fielder Marcus Thames, who played for the Detroit Tigers from 2004 to 2009. The tone of the piece has rankled both Detroit journalists and some of the player’s former teammates.
Adding her voice to the chorus of boos today is Fox Sports Detroit reporter Dana Wakiji. She takes issue with Simers’ ridiculing of Thames last name, as well as with the aggressive line of questioning he pursued for the piece:
Simers seemed proud of the fact that his first words to Thames were, “Are you that horrible on defense that teams don’t think it’s worth playing such a home run threat?” Although Thames just smiled at the rudeness, Tigers manager Jim Leyland would have had something to say to about that–none of it printable.