Until or unless Ilitch is willing to share the burden of responsibility, via engaged ownership and committing to spending like a serious contender, it won't matter who the Tigers' general manager is — Detroit will continue to wander the baseball wilderness.
How else can you explain Chris Ilitch allowing the man who's completely botched this rebuild oversee another? Ilitch's priority is to maximize the Tigers' profitability with minimum investment, and Avila serves that interest.
Howard Johnson was traded to the New York Mets in the winter following the 1984 season. Hojo had just won a World Series ring with the Detroit Tigers led by Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson. Johnson looked at the deal as an opportunity and the rest was history. The two-time All Star was nice enough to join The Drive with Charlie & Dan on Tuesday and talk about his Mets career All Star Game experiences.