QUESTIONS, COMMENTS AND CONCERNS

By:  Holly Horning & Kurt Snyder

Saturday’s segment is a day to touch on as many issues as possible. With 54 games behind us, readers have the opportunity to read and think about a number of different topics.

Holly and Kurt don’t share and it’s only for the reader’s benefit. It almost always translates into a wide array of thoughts. Suspect nothing different today.


HOLLY

QUESTION

Why would a manager ever say publicly that he’s “tired of fighting”? Isn’t a manager supposed to lead and rally his troops into pushing their performance and competitive levels in an attempt to find a way to win each and every game? A most damning confession by Ausmus that supports many fans’ beliefs that he is not inspiring nor a leader or motivator.

COMMENT

The quest to boost ticket sales has now started in earnest given that the Tigers are picking up speed in losing attendance. With ticket figures that put them at #20 (net loss), the special price promos and increased advertising by Mario and Rod are telling. With the White Sox and Jays coming into town, bet that the attendance figures for these two series will be watched carefully and considered in the overall assessment and moves made by the organization going forward.

CONCERN

Especially this year, there is a marked difference in the energy levels, especially during celebrations, in the Tigers dugout. They are so restrained in comparison to other teams even when those big HRs are hit. None so evident then when VMart hit a monster HR and came back to the dugout jumping and screaming in an effort to get his team fired up.


KURT

CONCERN

Splattered all over the notes of everything I have ever written about this season is the notion of how critical Anibal Sanchez is to any championship aspirations the Tigers may have. To say he can be replaced would only open up another hole they won’t be able to fill in the rotation. So his return to form and placement back in the rotation is near the top in level of importance.

QUESTION

Doesn’t every team pitch their 5th starter in between their 2 best?  The Tigers have the ability to shuffle their rotation and pitch Verlander against Sale today.   But, considering how much sense that would make going forward,  it will be Pelfrey.  We are so often asked to lighten up on our manager, but this is another one of those critical ‘under the radar’ decisions that ruffle my feathers.

CONCERN

As we flip through the calendar, first April, then May and now June, we are still waiting on Justin Upton. Watching him at the plate, guessing his way through an at bat, swinging through strikes, is beyond puzzling. Mike Ilitch wanted more offense for the lineup and spent big money to get it, but Upton’s offense heading into the summer would be more accurately described as offens-ive, but boy, does he look good on paper.

11 thoughts on “QUESTIONS, COMMENTS AND CONCERNS

  1. Holly, where did you see the “tired of fighting” comment that I can catch it? In what context was he making the comment? Kurt, solid point about Pelfry v. Sale. It’s as if Brad has conceded defeat or thinks Pelfry is Sales match. Both are ruffling indeed. Would be a booster for him and the club if his first W was against him though too.

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    • Hi, Matt – Ausmus said “I’m getting tired of fighting back but losing” after the team lost to the Yankees and presumably (although a number of publications interpreted the comment differently) about losing a lead. But no matter how one sees it, it’s a complaint and not a statement that inspires confidence in his leadership or motivation of the players. Thanks for your comments! – Holly

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      • I don’t think this is fair, Holly. Essentially, he said he is tired of losing, not tired of fighting. To quote him out of context as saying is “tired of fighting” is almost a cheap shot. There are plenty of valid points to make about Ausmus; this is not one of them.

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      • Hi, Max – But Brad did say he was tired of fighting back. Exact quote. Maybe he didn’t mean it as it sounded but when you use words that have weak connotations, it’s often indicative of how you feel. And it got a lot of press both locally and nationally with analysts openly wondering. By far, I’m not the only one who’s concerned about his statement.

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    • In Brad’s mind the Tigers cannot sweep the White Sox, so he gives up Game 2 throwing Pelfrey under the bus against Sale and plays his best card in Verlander vs. Quintana hoping at least to win the series.

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  2. There was a special $6.01 ticket sale. It is graduation and wedding time. I am guessing the typical Detroit area fan has the mind set that the Tigers are floundering in mediocrity . The fans want Brad gone. They are not going to win with this guy. We have nice games once in a while with a budding pitcher and the HRs by the big stars.

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  3. Question: Is it realistic to believe that this team will turn it around and contend this season? Comment: Empty seats have been a very telling visual. Promotional deals may help, but competitive baseball is the solution. Concerns: Uninspiring manager, team disengagement, and the continual poor performance of key players.

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  4. I think Ausmus’ comment was that he’s tired of having to come from behind so often. As for Sanchez’s importance to the team? I don’t see any player as irreplacable, except Cabrera. They seem to have enough young pitchers now, Sanchez can be jettisoned. I never thought Upton looked that great, even on paper.

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