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What I'm Hearing: USA TODAY Sports & # 39; Bob Nightengale tells us what he hears about which MLB players are going home with some hardware at the end of the season .
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One day, you will write about how the Detroit Tigers should sign Dave Dombrowski to a contract extension.

The next day, you walk into the Tigers' club room to find a ghost.

This was on August 4, 2015, when I took the back door, through the house house to Comerica Park and up the tunnel and into a completely chaotic clubhouse.

My jaw was about to hit the floor, as well as the rest of the media. The Tigers sent a pregame email: They fired Dombrowski, the veteran general manager since 2002 responsible for the most prolific stretch of baseball in franchise history, including five playoff appearances and two championships ALCS. Dave Dombrowski watches batting practice from the stands. "width =" 540 "data-mycapture-src =" https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/08/20/USAT/39fd6293-67d7-4852-8ba1-bc2d30febf2d-USATSI_10880498.jpg "data -mycapture-sm-src = "https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/08/20/USAT/39fd6293-67d7-4852-8ba1-bc2d30febf2d-USATSI_10880498.jpg?width=500&height=339" />

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski observes batting practice from the stands. (Photo: Bob DeChiara, USA TODAY Sports)