For the first time in the last 30 years, José Offerman was separated from the Tigres del Licey without assuming any role. The veteran leader was at home away from the field. To his surprise, he received a call to take over the leadership of the blue team for the sixth time in the middle of the season and the poor performance of the striped cats.
“They weren’t my plans,” Offerman said about donning the driver’s jersey for Licey. “I was asked for that role and at the end of everything I try to do what the Licey organization requires of me, I try to help him and that is one of the reasons why I am back here.” The Petromacorisano takes the reins for the dismissed Tony Díaz.
Offerman last coached in the 2014-15 season when he started as manager Blue, the only time he has started from the beginning with the Tigers. On that occasion his team finished with a 19-31 record, five games behind fourth place for the standings.
After that, Offerman, who as a player made his debut in the 1988-89 campaign, the first of his 12 seasons in that line, held different positions with the Tigers, including that of commentator, such as the previous contest. “This year I was in the house, actually. This year has been the only one who was seeing everything from afar, ”says the leader.
When he thought he would rest this season, his schedule changed when he received the call, which left him somewhat surprised. “At a certain point yes. It was not what I was looking for and I tried not to get involved in what was asked of me, but one way or another I ended up accepting the challenge and here I am ”.
Not including Sunday’s game, Offerman is 4-4 after taking over with a 4-8 record in the basement, where he is today.
With the current one, in which Offerman has been the blue helmsman in six campaigns (2008-2009 / 2009-2010 / 2009-2010 / 2013-2014 / 2014-2015) he takes it easy on venturing to take the Licey to what would be for him his third crown as manager.
“This is a sport that you have to walk that way every day and at this moment that is the intention,” said Offerman, champion manager in 2008-09 and 2013-14.
That is further helped by the unstable ball that his team has been playing, which last won in 2016-17, although it was at the end, in 2017-18 and 2019-20. “Play by game is what teaches you what are the points to follow. Nothing can be predicted in this, ”Offerman warns.
What it’s all about “is just doing the best job possible and going from day to day,” suggests the manager.
“This is a sport that things can be good now, they can be bad later,” he adds.
For the Licey, meanwhile, the good is yet to come.
The Tigers, with the inclusion of Offerman, immediately reacted and improved in the standings by winning four straight runs and going .500 at 8-8.
In the following four commitments, not to mention this Sunday, the Licey returned to the same losing route.
And not that there was any magic potion in that victorious period. “The main point is just to give each of the guys confidence,” something they have, but they have to keep trying harder. “Seeking harmony, looking for the focus of each of them and that depends on everything, since the talent in this league is quite good, so it is simply to square all those things.”
Will the Licey do it?