By: Holly Horning & Kurt Snyder
Saturday’s segment is a day to touch on as many issues as possible. With 67 (34-33) 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 readers’ benefit. It almost always translates into a wide array of thoughts. Suspect nothing different today.
The White Sox are gauging the validity of changing their manager, Robin Ventura, sooner rather later with his expected replacement to be Rick Renteria. The story should be familiar – ageing owner who saw a good start, then an extended losing trend and believes the team is underperforming. Renteria was only cast aside by the Cubs when Joe Maddon became available and this move would probably put the Tigers at a disadvantage.
How spectacular is Victor Martinez for clubbing 3 HRs in one game from both sides of the plate and becoming the top baseball story nationally the next morning? Enough to give us the priceless picture of watching Ian Kinsler’s mouth hang open in disbelief. VMart is the oldest Tiger player to accomplish this since…..wait for it…..Ty Cobb.
Speaking of accomplishments, not enough attention was paid to Miggy’s milestone of being the 5th youngest player to reach 2,400 hits. Ty Cobb was the youngest, followed by Rogers Hornsby, Hank Aaron and Robin Yount. Cabrera continues to mirror almost identically most of Hank Aaron’s important hitting milestones at the same age.
With the injury to JD Martinez, Stephen Moya now gets a legitimate opportunity to show he belongs in the big leagues. With the Central Division stuck in mediocrity, the Tigers still have the ability to stay in the race, maybe. This injury coupled with Cameron Maybin’s recent inability to stay in the lineup puts the rest of the team on high alert to compensate in both the energy and production department; since a large amount of both are provided by Cam and JD.
In the ever popular TV broadcasting department, here is what bothered me the other night. After JD’s injury, Rod Allen talked about how Jacoby Jones may now get his opportunity with the Tigers. And of course, in perfect harmony, Mario agreed. No mention of Stephen Moya; as if he didn’t even exist.
A few weeks ago, I touched on how there seemed to be no indication of pitchers challenging hitters and throwing inside; something that Rich Dubee preached when he came over as the new pitching coach. Well, I believe it is now emerging and it was never more evident than with Justin Verlander in Game 1 against KC, as JV continually knocked hitters off the plate, even a couple of times to the same hitter. I even saw Shane Greene do some of it in Friday night’s game until I determined that he may just have been wild…..