QUESTIONS, COMMENTS AND CONCERNS

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.


HOLLY

CONCERN

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.

COMMENT

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.

COMMENT

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.


KURT

CONCERN

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.

COMMENT

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.

COMMENT

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…..

10 thoughts on “QUESTIONS, COMMENTS AND CONCERNS

  1. Kurt: Kind of makes Mario and Rod look silly, seeing as there were multiple newspaper articles just the other day saying that the Tigeres weren’t likely to promote Jacoby Jones to the majors this year.

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  2. Here’s a concern: the manager overlooking Justin Wilson and using Blaine hardy because “other guys need to step up.” That’s the reason for putting ineffective players into tight games instead of Wilson? Strange rationale.

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  3. Here is another millstone that won’t get a lot of attention: Mike Ilitch is on the verge of losing his 2000th game as Tigers owner which could happen before the weekend ends. And still no World Series championships and they won’t do it this year either.

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  4. Question: Do you think Moya will prove to be an adequate stand-in for J.D.? Concern: J.D.’s injury will require longer than 4-6 weeks to heal. Comments: Nick Martelli’s “stuffing a potato up a tailpipe” remark (June 15 One Topic-Two Takes) takes the prize for best allegorical masterpiece of TT’s comment section.

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  5. Everyone keeps looking for that magical turnaround from this team, and it’s usually based on the tease factor as this team will play well for short periods of time, then again bottom out, leaving most fans completely frustrated. It will continue like this folks. There’s an old saying: Even a blind squirrel will find an acorn.

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  6. Of course Moya will be not only adequate but a great replacement for JD. The Tigers are notorious for having stocked and talented Minor League systems with players at the ready to join the parent club when injuries occur! This of course is a sarcastic comment.

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    • Many times we’ve seen the team get energized when a key player is out, and often they start putting together more wins than they did before the star player got injured. I hope this is one of those times.

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  7. It is highly unlikely that Miggy’s career will match Aaron’s. First, there is the issue of speed and body type. Second, Aaron moved in mid career from an extreme pitcher’s park in Milwaukee to the Launching Pad in Atlanta, which boosted his stats in his thirties.

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  8. Rick Renteria. Holly, you’ve got to be kidding. Rick couldn’t manage his way out of a paper bag. 73-89 in his only year as a big league skipper. The White Sox would be better off with their former catcher, Don Wakamatsu, currently Ned Yost’s bench coach in KC. At least he had one winning season when he managed the Mariners for 2 years!

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    • Hi, Hamp – Just reporting what the Chicago media is saying. There’s more than just a 1-year record and it’s known that Renteria is very well-liked by both his former and current teams. The Sox’s bench coach was fired to bring him on board and it was widely assumed he’d become manager. He also speaks Spanish and has a great rapport with the Latino players. Besides, KC would never allow their bench coach to interview for a job within their division. Maybe we can hope for some interest in them interviewing Lamont. 🙂 Thanks for continuing the discussion! – Holly

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