By: Holly Horning
If you haven’t had the chance to read why Totally Tigers was created, check it out under the “About” link at the top of the page. Our purpose is to offer in-depth perspectives and analysis…. to cover issues that the mainstream media ignores… and to introduce topics that stay with readers beyond the morning and hopefully throughout the year. This is a blog meant to make us think and keep us curious about this wonderful sport and our favorite team.
And today’s blog is a perfect example of why we created Totally Tigers. There’s no analysis. No arguments for one side or the other. Sometimes the most revealing pieces are those that require the reader to do the heavy-lifting.
Take the questions listed below and run with them. Take them with you to the water cooler, coffee bar – or any bar for that matter – or even your Zumba class. Approach, engage, examine and argue your case. Have fun!
1. With the retirement of Jeter, Chipper Jones, Posada and Rivera, will there ever be another player with 10+ years MLB experience to spend his entire career with one team?
2. Do we overvalue a GM’s skills and contributions if the team’s owner makes it possible and easy for him to sign the best and most expensive talent?
3. Is MLB’s yearly “Faces of Baseball” contest suspect given that all the “winners” have been American-born players?
4. Has managing the talent-loaded Tigers for 8 years favorably-clouded Jim Leyland’s managerial reputation given that only 5 of his previous 14 years resulted in over .500 seasons?
5. Is a manager’s greatest impact about employing effective in-game strategy or is it the power to get players to buy into his ideas and motivate them to perform at their peak levels?
6. Is it possible to effectively coach fundamentals to established players at the MLB level?
7. Given how the Tigers are tied financially to all the other Ilitch businesses, will they ever be allowed to go into non-contention and rebuild mode that would create a drop in attendance?
8. Are teams possessing a bolder corporate culture (risk takers, proactive decisions) more likely to end up with more post-season appearances and titles?
9. With the trend towards using relievers earlier in games, will starting pitchers who win 20+ games eventually become extinct?
10. Is it possible to assemble a cohesive collection of players with a single team World Series goal if most or all of them have come from other farm system/team cultures and only recently started playing together?
Which of these resonated with you? Get out there this weekend with these conversation-starters.