SILENCE IS GOLDEN

By:  Holly Horning

He usually doesn’t speak publicly. He has a reputation of avoiding the press and being reluctant to give interviews mostly based upon several messy incidents with alcohol and the law. And despite the fans’ desire to hear him speak, it’s probably a good thing he doesn’t.

Rut, roh.

Miggy has broken his silence over the past couple of weeks by giving 3 interviews. None of which have endeared him to fans. Or to ownership. Or, to the PR Department. The latter rumored to have every member currently curled into fetal positions as they try to dig out of this mess. The mess that happens when your remaining franchise player repeatedly expresses his unhappiness with where he is and the people who directly and indirectly pay for his massive contract.

But didn’t we know that something bad would happen again? Or did we think that Miggy had permanently left his poor public moments behind?

There were the troubles of 2009 that involved drinking, disorderly conduct, an arrest and spousal abuse. Followed by 2011’s DUI, public threats of violence and disobeying law enforcement. In both instances, he became angry when denied and was heard saying “Don’t you know who I am?”

A period of rest, or so we believe, until the mess of the second family that started to become public in late 2016, blew up in 2017 and continues into 2018.

And now, instead of laying low, Miggy has chosen this inopportune time to show his unhappiness and lack of gratitude. Never mind that some of his unhappiness may be justified. That is not the point. What needs to be remembered is that perception is reality.

It is a period of challenge and change for Miggy. A time when he can no longer control what happens to him and when pure, stupendous talent can no longer easily deflect the questions and criticisms.

And it’s easy to see why he may be unhappy:

– Lingering injuries

– A team in transition

– Declining skills

– The ageing process

– A team performing well without him

– A new manager unafraid of veteran players

– A World Series quest unfulfilled

– Recognition that another World Series is improbable

– Understanding that, unlike JV, Detroit remains his only option

But now, Miggy is experiencing an unvarnished evaluation of him, as a person. No longer able to hide completely behind the stats, his character must now take over some of the workload. And he is the last to understand this.

If we’re honest about it, Cabrera has been a selfish person for much of his career. Making his own needs a priority over those of others – his wife, two sets of children, playing with significant injuries that did not help the team and focusing on individual stat building instead of team success. And then there was the infamous partying with the opposing team that allowed the Tigers to lose a 3-game lead with 4 games left in the season, letting the AL Central title slip away.

This year, it was acknowledged he didn’t bother to learn many of his teammates names. Because, obviously, other people aren’t important to him or important enough for him to make the effort.

And often, people who are so focused on themselves are the ones who achieve greatness in their careers.

But now, in the wake of getting older and needing more time to recover from injuries, Miggy is feeling the pressure and finding it hard to cope and adjust. And when it is hard or even impossible to turn inward and take a critical eye to oneself, the frustration turns outward at others.

The resentment ends up being directed to those critical of him. The media and the fans primarily. It is how those unaware find a venue to make themselves feel better.

First is his statement that includes a broad generalization of fans being critical. Including fans who have supported him through the years with both their cheers and money. Money that made his gargantuan contract possible. Expenditures that often came with sacrifice.

Fans who also forgave him for his past transgressions from 2009 and 2011. If Miggy had played in a number of other cities during these times, fan bases would not have been as accepting and made his stay with those teams a living hell if not impossible.

And one would think that given today’s ongoing battle with marital infidelity, a mistress, 2 children and child support, that Miggy wouldn’t be attacking the people he really needs to support him. Other than the lawyers, that is.

But he also doesn’t see why certain supporters of the Tigers may be angry. The fact that he makes $160,000, an unfathomable sum for many, per day even when he’s not playing.

And when all is said and done, when he hangs up his cleats, Miggy will be MLB’s most expensive player ever in the history of the game. A professional income totaling over $400,000, 000. It’s not unreasonable for fans to rightly think that he’s the one who should be grateful. Mr. I, the Tigers and one of the best fan bases made his enviable lifestyle possible.

A sense of entitlement on his part? It sure appears to check all the boxes.

And that’s also part of the problem. And Miggy needs to have a reality check sooner rather than later because the worst is yet to come.

A contract that goes on for another 6-8 years at $30 – $32 million a pop as he progresses into his late 30’s and early 40’s. Higher and long-term salaries don’t mix well with increasing age and lowered production. The scrutiny and criticism will only grow. And there will be fans who will grow increasingly negative because his performance will not match up well with what he is being paid.

And many of these same fans will see his contract as the main stumbling block to developing a competitive team.

It is highly probable that Cabrera doesn’t yet realize any of this. It is the norm in any sport and is the price players pay for having such expensive contracts. No one is immune from the criticism that comes with the territory. And going forward, fans will not be as forgiving as they have in the past.

Miggy should know by now that when you malign fans with either words (VMart) or obscene gestures (Tyler Collins, Joe Nathan), it never goes well and you will never win. Someone needs to teach him the phrase “silence is golden.”

He needs to understand that much of the criticism he receives is based upon his own behavior – whether personal or professional. That fans are only willing to forgive for so much and for so long. That when you criticize those who have supported you, you will only lose their support and increase the voice of criticism.

Will Miggy realize this on his own? Probably not. We’ve seen him spend over a decade making bad personal decisions without thinking how they would impact his life. Some even repeated proving that he is unable to learn from his mistakes.

It’s logical to assume that a man who is unable to successfully manage his personal life is also unable to take an honest look inward to see how he is harming his future years with the team and with fans. And conceivably, the rift he has created could grow worse.

The Tigers, of course, have seen the growing problem and their PR department is now on overdrive trying to correct it. Miggy is unlikely to hire his own media specialist so the duty will fall upon the Tigers to keep him silent and away from anyone with a recording device.

That or invest in a case of duct tape. Because someone has to help Miggy understand that “silence is golden.”


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NOTABLE NEWS

By:  Holly Horning & Kurt Snyder

The Tigers have hit the road after a successful home stand where they won 2 series versus the Mariners and Indians.

But, what caught the attention of our writers since then? It’s been an interesting week on the field and off, to say the least. Topics in baseball have come from every angle.

Holly and Kurt don’t normally share their topics with each other in the interests of getting a wider range of perspective. During an interesting week, they could head in any direction.

Let’s see where they ended up based on what has transpired through Thursday’s game in Seattle.


HOLLY

The Robinson Cano suspension for using a drug masking agent banned in MLB has created an incredibly large ripple across the game. First, seeing his stats historically and how they have skewed the importance of some of the game’s greatest players.

But then you learn that Melky Cabrera and Alex Rodriquez have been his best friends for years and inseparable when they played together for the Yankees. And now all 3, along with Andy Pettite and Francisco Cervelli, have been caught violating MLB’s drug policy and suspended. That’s 5 players, all connected to Biogenisis, cheating and winning a World Series ring in 2009 for NY.

And this week we learned that the Yankees reluctance to re-sign Cano and allowing him to leave for Seattle is now explained as the team believing he was taking PEDs for years.

But what is now raising eyebrows is that Cano is very good friends with Jeimer Candelario and the two work out together – a friendship that dates back to their fathers who were very close friends.


KURT

Count me out on the criticism of Miguel Cabrera despite all the comments this week about him feeling unappreciated for playing when he’s hurt, and the whole discussion about him wanting to be in Miami, which is laughable considering the mass exodus of players out of South Beach this season.

But I guess it goes with the territory when you’re a star who is not playing and there are no performances to evaluate. To many, he is just an oft-injured, overpaid, over-the- hill superstar holding his team captive under an enormous, immovable salary.

However, if you evaluate the situation when it comes to the Tiger rebuild, it is the exact opposite when you consider the comments about him being stuck in Detroit, when in fact, it’s the Tigers who are stuck with him; if he could be moved, he would be.

In the meantime, I just see all this as a lot of talk that has taken on a life of its own. I will continue to concentrate on a team continuing to grow and mature under a manager who simply wants Miggy back in the lineup. Then we can all concentrate on Cabrera’s play, which, by the way, was just fine when he left the lineup.

And if you still want to worry about something when it comes to Cabrera, consider how upset he is with the suspension of Robinson Cano, an association of which Miggy needs to stay clear.


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FORUM FOR FRIDAY

microphoneHappy Friday! It’s time again to head into the weekend hearing from our readers.   You have the rest of the week to hear from Kurt and Holly, today is the day to let them know what you’re thinking on a selected topic.

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Did you have a negative or a positive reaction to Miggy’s proclamation that he’s done playing hurt.  Explain. 


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HURTS SO GOOD?

By:  Kurt Snyder

There are a couple of different ways you can look at all the Tiger injuries and how they are affecting this baseball team and this period of rebuilding.

Injuries plague every team at some point during a long regular season.

In many cases, they weaken a team, but in some cases they provide opportunities.

Injuries can be blessings, depending on the overall goals of the team. In the case of this Tiger team, you are seeing players get more opportunities to play given the injuries, and some are taking advantage.

Who am I talking about? Well, we can start with JaCoby Jones (hurt himself after Wednesday afternoon’s game), whose talents have been on display while he fills in for Leonys Martin, who currently sits on the 10-day DL. Jones has been so good; it will be hard to keep him out of the lineup even after the return of some of the injured regulars.

Niko Goodrum couldn’t have anticipated this much playing time when the season began.  He was filling the role vacated by Andrew Romine.  But he has filled in all over and has provided much-need power from the utility position.

John Hicks has taken advantage of Miggy’s absence, contributing to some big Tiger victories already this season, while holding down the fort at first base. Hicks has shown his ability to hit for power and also play a little small ball, winning a game with a surprise walk-off bunt single.

Hicks as a first baseman, who had been slated as the backup catcher when the season started, has now necessitated a move at that position as well. His time at first has forced the Tigers to bring up a third catcher, where Grayson Greiner has filled in quite admirably, not blinded at all by the bright lights of the big leagues. His opportunity for experience is invaluable and wouldn’t be realized this soon without the injury plague.

Unfortunately, or fortunately, whichever way you choose to look at it, injuries have also spread to the bullpen, where Alex Wilson, who carries a heavy load in the pen, is also on the DL, which has opened doors for a number of pitchers heading back and forth from Toledo. Once again, a pitchers like Zac Reininger,  who may not have gotten a chance to audition with the big club until say, September, is getting an opportunity now.

Are all these guys ready to play in the big leagues? Of course not! Not many expected to see Dawel Lugo in Detroit this season, but here he is, being added to the squad as a backup infielder in the wake of an injury to Nick Castellanos.

Mikie Mahtook, who started the season so miserably that he was sent to Toledo for a little seasoning, found his way back up here when the Tigers needed another outfielder. His first response was that he’s never leaving. He’s never going back to Toledo. I guess we will see about that, when some of these guys get healthy and are ready to return to the lineup.

Lastly, let’s not forget Pete Kozma, an under-the-radar free agent signing in the off-season, who has come up from Toledo to fill a void and has played very well offensively and defensively.

So just when you think things could really fall apart when guys are dropping like flies, they could be blessings in disguise.

No one wants anyone to get hurt, but when your team does get hit with the injury bug, it’s good to know you have people who are hungry and ready to put their own stamp on the team.

What we are learning with this Tiger team is that the Ron Gardenhire factor is good for everyone. He’s been the reason this team is competing more than we thought possible. So injuries aside, it can only help these guys, who are benefitting from rubbing elbows with the new Tiger manager.

And isn’t that really the most important thing? Regardless of the success that these players have up here, any amount of time they get to talk with Gardy is great for them.

It will be something they can take back with them should they be sent back down to the minors. It’s not just all about playing, it’s the opportunity to gather and absorb information from an experienced manager who has seen it all in this game.


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EVERY DUGOUT NEEDS A MOMAGER

(2018 edition)

By:  Holly Horning

Having celebrated Mother’s Day earlier this week, I would be remiss if I didn’t offer my annual homage to all moms. I wrote my first ode 2 years ago and unbelievably, our readers made it one of the most requested topics to bring back. And given the team’s ever-increasing roster of younger men, well, let’s just say that moms are needed to help this team more than ever.

It is way past due for baseball to recognize the contributions of moms because without us, teams wouldn’t have anyone to draft, trade or sign. And if you’re still not sure, I’m here to tell you that moms can run a dugout much better than a manager – although this year we have a little more confidence in the current skipper.

We are, simply, momagers.

And most of us work for nothing. Think of the savings and value added, owners! All we really need is to be loved and appreciated.

So how would momagers handle things? Like the Marines, we “run towards the sounds of chaos” and in the past year of more frequent beanball wars, we offer our teams a distinct advantage and all without having to resort to using weapons. That’s why we are well-equipped to handle anything that presents itself.


Here’s my list of what mom-agers would handle much better than man-agers this year:

– There’s no excuse for not knowing your teammates’ names. If I can train my non-baseball fan husband to learn the Tigers’ entire starting lineup, Miggy can learn the first and last names of the entire 25-man roster.

– Cold blustery days require shirt sleeves and bright sunny days require sunglasses. Leave them in the dugout, or sitting on your hat, and you’ll get a visit from me while you’re on the field – in front of all your teammates, fans and friends. And umpires wouldn’t dare count it as a mound visit.

– I will do what the umpires cannot – stop basebrawls before they happen. If a team is known to hold a grudge, I will make eye contact with the opposing pitcher while doing my best impersonation of Robert DeNiro as the ex-CIA agent in Meet the Parents. The infamous gesture where the index and middle fingers point from my eyes to the suspect indicating “I’m watching you” is a powerful one, especially when they know one never messes with a mom.

– And if you do happen to throw at one of my cubs, er players, I will be the first one over the railing coming at you. And after I’ve finished, I’m going to call your mom and tell her what you just did. Forget the Commissioner’s Office and any fines.

– And if you throw a sucker punch at any of my players, I’m sending in my enforcer, Doug Teter, with orders to pound you into a jelly.

– In a perfect world, brawls will no longer happen. I will pass out super soakers to both sides and tell them to settle it. And I’ll make sure that Gary Sanchez only receives a water pistol. And blind fold.

– Should any players gets hurt, I will be the first one to reach you and take charge of the situation. I am confident I move much faster than both Ron Gardenhire and Doug Teter.

– I am much better equipped to evaluate your physical health – not the coaches, manager or trainer. Just try to hide the problem or deny it – moms just know. If I see you dragging a body part or two around the bases and by the time you reach the dugout, your appointment with the specialist will have already been made.

– Enough with all the pulled hammies, quads, groins, ligaments, hips and bad backs. If you can’t palm the floor, you’ll have a standing appointment with me for yoga or Pilates. We meet in CF. At sunrise. Oh, and bring your mat.

– For those players who are unable to self-monitor themselves in the off-season whether due to diet, training or complicated family issues, I will be in touch. Regularly. I can tell simply by the sound of your voice on the phone if you are not holding up your end of the deal.

– I have no issues with facial hair. But do know that if you look like a member of ZZ Top or are suffering from what appears to be a very bad case of mange, I’m coming after you with grooming products – as well as some hot wax. That’ll teach you.

– If you are playing and trying to run wearing necklaces that resemble the size and weight of a snow tire chain, I’m taking them away from you especially if you are not fleet of foot on the base paths. Besides, a man should never have better and bigger jewelry than a woman.

– I won’t fall for the “family emergency” schtick so you can skip a team event. Especially if you live in Miami during the winter. And speaking of families, expect “the talk” when it comes to what constitutes responsible family planning.

– I’m also a big fan of technology which is why Bluetooth ear pieces will accompany both Dave Clark and Nick Castellanos whenever they hit the field. For Nick, he’ll get his fielding instructions from the Right Field Whisperer (guess who?) and for Dave, we’ll draw fans’ names out of a hat.

– Home plate rule? Neighborhood play? Length of games concerns? Let’s add to the list of things to update. What boob thought it would be a good idea to combine celebrating Mother’s Day with breast cancer awareness and offer a two-fer deal? Let’s also include the sexist Princess Day for little girls. Girls should be taught that baseball caps are way better than fantasy and fake tiaras. Besides, this is the “D”, which stands for Detroit, not Disney.

– As a mom, officially I have to say that all my players are my favorite children but JaCoby Jones is changing my mind. Did you see what he put on his eye black for Sunday’s game?

Sooo, did you call your mother this past weekend? If not, then we need to talk…


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TWO FOR TUESDAY

By:  Kurt Snyder & Holly Horning

It’s easy to overreact to a player having success for the first time in his young career. You tend to want to draw conclusions too soon. But it’s never too soon to evaluate whether a player has a bright future or not.

On this Tuesday, our writers have a question to ponder. If you are new to Totally Tigers, please note that Kurt and Holly do not share their answers to weekly topics in an attempt to give you, the reader, a wider range of perspective.

Here’s our topic for today.


Is JaCoby Jones finally living up to his potential or will his current success more likely to be short-lived?


KURT

This is not a short-lived kind of talent. There is too much potential for Jones to find himself in that category. But he is young and the struggles of a long season bring challenges to stay consistent, which can plague even the most seasoned of veterans.

But Jones is becoming a better ball player every day. He is showcasing his tools, which are highlighted by his speed, athleticism and defense. But most importantly, he is becoming a confident player as he experiences more and more success.

It’s his bat we have been waiting on; his patience at the plate and his willingness to hit the ball the other way, have made him a better hitter, with plenty of room to grow.

JaCoby brings a lot of energy and the way he carries himself this season, you can tell the game is slowing down for him, a very encouraging sign of future success. In my eyes, he is primed to become the Tigers’ centerfielder and potential Gold Glover some day.

Expect him to take advantage of what Ron Gardenhire has to offer, who has the ability to develop him and move his career in the right direction.


HOLLY

We all know how the Tigers tout each promising newcomer as the second-coming of Hank Greenberg and Al Kaline all rolled into one. Thus I’m cautiously optimistic that he will turn into a solid player, maybe even more, but not for the reasons you may think.

JJ had his cup of coffee back in 2016 but plans for his future development got derailed in April 2017 when he was seriously injured after taking a pitch to the face.

As former ballplayers and even Giancarlo Stanton will tell you, when that happens, it takes quite a while to recover and regain your confidence and composure.

Barring another accident at the plate, this could be JaCoby’s year as he is visually much more confident, energized and aggressive both at the plate and in the field.

You can tell he is passionate about the game which is the fuel that feeds talent and performance. Have you seen how he can’t contain himself in CF, at the plate, in the dugout or even as the team goes through its end-of-the-game ritual after a win?

His hitting acumen and patience are much improved, he runs the bases with both savvy and spirited speed and roams the outfield with a swagger we haven’t seen since… since…. since I can’t remember. And now he has a manager who can actually coach him and is known historically to bring out the best in his roster which makes a big difference.

As long as he has that passion and drive to succeed, count on him to improve noticeably each season.


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WAS CLARK A GARDEN-HIRE?

By:  Kurt Snyder

I thought it was just Miggy. Didn’t you?

It’s been like this for a couple of years now.  But it seemed like it was just an extension of the disrespect shown Brad Ausmus, when he was the Tiger manager.

The Tiger veterans didn’t show Brad much respect when the bright lights were on. And Miggy in particular, continually ignored one of his coaches. Any message Dave Clark was trying to get across to him when he rounded third base, was often ignored by Miggy.

Dave Clark is like a yield sign in Michigan – to many, they are merely suggestions. But what we discovered this past weekend, specifically yesterday, is that this goes beyond Miggy now.

The young upstarts are beginning to realize that Dave Clark can’t be trusted.  On one occasion, JaCoby Jones came flying around third looking to score and Clark’s stop sign slowed him for a split second before he blew by Dave, ignoring him, and scoring from first on a play that should not have been as close as it was.

Only Clark made it close.

So, this is confusing to me. Because under the helm of Ron Gardenhire, this team has been encouraged to make plays when they present themselves. It’s a better and smarter base running team. And the guys who have speed have been asked to push the envelope.

There is certainly a thin line there as well because you can run yourself out of innings if your instincts are wrong. But Gardy has mastered that line and his team has responded with smart plays on the bases when they are there to be made and they are making few mistakes.

But having said that, we can’t have a third base coach who seems incapable of delivering the same message and helping players to execute what they have been taught. You can’t have a coach confuse a runner when he sees an opportunity to score.

Am I wrong? Does Clark seem like a Gardenhire coach? Am I picking on him unnecessarily? Don’t get me wrong, I am not naïve enough to think that what I see and what I know, may be completely different.

What I do see is a season that represents a big opportunity for JaCoby Jones. And it’s up to the Tigers to help him grow; and they are. He is like a wild colt who is starting to figure out this game. And slowly but surely the reins have come off.

I understand that the Tiger coaches have that same thin line to deal with and they must have the ability to quickly and decisively make the right call, just like that player on base. Some coaches can do it and some can’t.

Can Dave Clark execute the directive? He is proving that he cannot. He should not be coaching third base any longer.

When Ron Gardenhire was brought in before this season, we all sat up with anticipation. Who would he choose for his coaches?

But as the names presented themselves, I don’t know how much excitement was left after Chris Bosio was chosen as the pitching coach. Gardy brought in some of his old coaches from the Twins, but other coaches stayed as leftovers from the Ausmus regime.

But why? Who wanted them? Chris Ilitch? Al Avila? Jim Leyland? Please tell me it was Ron Gardenhire and I will shut up.

Do you see a connection between Gardy’s style of coaching and Clark’s? I don’t. So go ahead. Anyone? Chris? Al? Jim? Tell me Clark was Gardy’s choice.

I’m waiting.


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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

By:  Holly Horning

It’s the one day out of 365 in which moms get recognized for all their hard work. It’s an official off-day for moms and Holly is taking full advantage of it which is why you won’t see a new blog from her today.

But in the meantime, there’s nothing better than reading what has become tradition on Totally Tigers. Blogs about momagers. And here are two from previous years to keep you going until Wednesday, when Holly will continue her argument for why every team needs a momager in the dugout.

https://totallytigers.wordpress.com/2016/05/05/every-dugout-needs-a-momager/

https://totallytigers.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/every-dugout-needs-a-momager-2017/

Enjoy!


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NOTABLE NEWS

By:  Holly Horning & Kurt Snyder

The Tigers, having returned home from a 2-city road trip, can’t be happy with just 2 wins among the 7 games.

But, what caught the attention of our writers over these last 2 series on the road? What’s on their minds as the team begins a new home stand?

Holly and Kurt don’t normally share their topics with each other in the interests of getting a wider range of perspective. During an up and down week, they could head in any direction.

Let’s see where they ended up on another Saturday.


HOLLY

Other than the Tigers performing their own version of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None with their daily contribution to the disabled list, the most important topic to come out of the week is a healthy one.

For the first time in 4 years (maybe more), this Tiger train finally has a conductor with the name of Ron Gardenhire.

During Brad Ausmus’ tenure, we never heard a word about sloppy play, accountability, regular team meetings, stars being managed or players being called out.

But now we learn that Gardy holds regular meetings with players when performance gets messy as well as additional instruction drills to address the issues of concern. You will also see him the dugout during games talking to each player who made a mistake and if someone, like Jose Iglesias, offers excuses to the media, they get corrected publicly.

The walking wounded no longer are immovable forces but now obligingly move to the DL in their – and the team’s – best interest.

And the positive impact Ron has had is best demonstrated by Ausmus’ most vocal critic, Victor Martinez – now seen wearing big smiles on the bases and in the dugout as he banters and hugs his teammates who obviously enjoy playing with him once again.


KURT

Let me be honest, I can admit that the results of the road trip actually upset me, but why now?

Well, the Tigers had so many opportunities to post wins with a hit here or a hit there. But I failed to consider the kind of team they have been fielding over the last week.

The Tigers have been hit hard with ailments and injuries to the point where, if you look at their lineups, on the surface, they don’t look like a team who could compete with anyone.

And that says a lot about Ron Gardenhire and his team – the fact they still get out there and compete and still have opportunities to win games despite all their disadvantages, speaks well about their manager and the character of his players.

Arriving in Kansas City, despite everything, you could say they were the better team that should have fared better. And then in Texas, you could say the same thing, where they were the better team but were not able to capitalize on opportunities.

This is a team, especially now, that could easily lay down and get their heads beat in by just about anybody, but they just won’t allow it, about which we should feel good.


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FORUM FOR FRIDAY

microphoneHappy Friday! It’s time again to head into the weekend hearing from our readers.   You have the rest of the week to hear from Kurt and Holly, today is the day to let them know what you’re thinking on a selected topic.

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After the siege of injuries, who do the Tigers miss the most (besides Miggy) and why?


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