QUESTIONS, COMMENTS AND CONCERNS

By:  Holly Horning & Kurt Snyder

Saturday’s segment has become a day to touch on as many issues as possible. Once again, readers have the opportunity to read and think about a wide variety of topics.

Take a look and see what our writers have on their minds this week.


HOLLY

QUESTION

Omar Vizquel has been named manager of the Venezuelan team in the World Baseball Classic. It’s always been rumored that he wants to manage an MLB team someday, however his involvement as the Tigers’ baserunning coach and in 2014’s shortstop debacle doesn’t paint a positive picture. Will Venezuela’s performance and finish help polish his resume?

COMMENT

The Red Sox farm system was ranked #1 last summer. After trading for a reliever, in which Dave Dombrowski gave up a whopping 4 prospects all highly ranked within both Boston’s system and MLB’s, the Red Sox ranking has dropped to #10. It appears Dave is staying with his m.o. of stripping the farm system and overpaying for talent.

CONCERN

The Tigers televised games have been losing viewership for the past two years. The move last year to add Gibby and Morris reflected their attempt to right the ship as does this year’s plan to occasionally swap Mario Impemba and Dan Dickerson. Payroll continues to exceed revenue while future payroll commitments total 3/4th of a billion dollars – putting the Tigers in jeopardy if they can’t reverse the trend in advance of a new tv contract set for 2018.


KURT

COMMENT

The team is embarking on another re-rack, now swapping around their TV and radio play-by-play guys. I know it is just a pilot program right now with only 10-20 games where Mario and Dan will switch places, but the organization is clearly looking for a fresh idea.  I think the logical move is to consider addition by subtraction in the interests of something new …

COMMENT

While we are all ramping up for baseball again, let’s take a detour and acknowledge something really  important.  Hearing that Mike Aviles’ daughter is cancer-free after a bone marrow transplant is the kind of story to which we should direct our focus.  After Chad Carr, the 5-year-old grandson of former University of Michigan coach Lloyd Carr lost his battle, it’s nice to hear some encouraging news on that front.

QUESTION

What would be the most exciting storyline to emerge from spring training?  To me, it would be Michael Fulmer giving the Tigers no choice but to bring him north.  Having Fulmer and Norris make meaningful contributions to the team this year would  make us feel pretty darn good about the return on a couple of the big trades last season.

 

7 thoughts on “QUESTIONS, COMMENTS AND CONCERNS

  1. The Tigers have done an excellent job of not putting pressure on Norris and Fulmer and resisting the temptation to rush their development. That said, were both to prove ready sometime this year to realize their potential, the team’s major weakness (rotation depth) becomes a strength. It could happen, but must not be forced.

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  2. We live out of state. I decided midway through last season not to renew the DirecTV MLB package if the Tigers brought Ausmus back. It’s just too frustrating to watch. They did and I cancelled. Loved Gibby in the booth, but commentators are only a small part of the watching experience. I hope to be back watching before this season is over.

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  3. Living in AZ, I find subscribing to MLB TV more financially cost-effective way of watching Tigers than DIRECTV MLB Package. Also, waiting for Tigers to get on-board a more energetic and fun crew of announcers that show and talk about more than baseball – show and talk about the colorful, weird, and unique activities/people attending the game that day/night!

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    • Hi, Tom – I will agree with you on the MLB TV package. Due to the lawsuit about pricing, the cost has actually dropped this year. It is now $110 but if you just want to watch the Tigers (a single team package), the price is $85. Thanks for adding to the conversation! – Holly

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      • I’ve had mlb.tv but you don’t get the pregame show or the Sam Bernstein commercials. Recently those have been the highlights. Also the DirecTV package includes mlb.tv so you still can get the games that way if you need to. Either way, I’m out until something good happens in the managerial position.

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  4. An exciting storyline for me would be Wynton Bernard putting the fear of God in our outfielders and competing for a job. I always root for the underdog!

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  5. Holly, I appreciated your thumbs up on my Rat Pack comment in the Det news today about how Ausmus and his gang have mismanaged the pitching staff for 2 years. Coming from you, that means a lot…Just saying. Keep up the good work!

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