QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, CONCERNS AND KUDOS!

By:  Holly Horning & Kurt Snyder

Saturday’s segment is a day to touch on as many issues as possible. With 80 (42-38) games behind us, readers have the opportunity to read and think about a number of different topics.

You will notice an additional area of attention this week. With all the tremendous individual performances we have seen this year, it’s time we get back to recognizing them when they happen. So Kudos returns to the lineup.

Kurt and Holly 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

COMMENT

Jack Morris has become more comfortable in his role broadcasting for the Tigers. He pairs well with Mario, gives good insight and has obviously spent some time with a media coach given his new and pleasant voice inflection. Unlike the others, he’s able to deftly include his analysis of players’ performances – good or bad – which gives us better insight.

CONCERN

Justin Upton reminds me a lot of Austin Jackson with his ability to pull up short before fly balls land. He’s very tentative in the outfield, often looks less than confident and misplayed a number of fly balls this week. Disconcerting that Cameron Maybin had to guide him to a catch because he appeared completely lost.

KUDO

Where would the Tigers be without the best signing of the year – Cameron Maybin? The man hits, plays “small ball”, runs fast, steals – and adds a number of intangibles to the team with his infectious personality, smiles, energy and team hugs. I think we’ve found the team leader/successor to Torii Hunter.

KURT

KUDO
Cameron Maybin deserves a huge amount of credit for keeping this team afloat. Along with Ian Kinsler, they are a dynamic duo at the top of the lineup, setting the table for the meat of the order. But maybe more than performance, he has provided cohesiveness to this team; a component the team lacked prior to him returning from injury.

COMMENT

It looks like some rest really benefitted Michael Fulmer. After skipping a start, Fulmer returned with a vengeance. I don’t know where this team would be without the emergence of this kid; the unquestioned future ace of this staff for years to come.

COMMENT

Success in July becomes more and more critical with Cleveland continuing their dominant run. With the Indians winning 14 games in a row and counting, the Tigers have been fortunate to remain within 7 games of the division lead. Sounds funny to say that, but I think we all remember how quickly a 7-game lead can deteriorate; we remember painfully.

9 thoughts on “QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, CONCERNS AND KUDOS!

  1. Fulmer is one of the early favorites for A L ROY. Don’t mean to be sour but I hope he doesn’t win it. After ungrateful Scherzer (or his agent) snubbed the Tigers, I promised myself that I’ll never cheer for another Tigers player to win an individual award. It will just mean more money for the player based on past performance.

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    • Isn’t that philosophy the foundation of America…. “Pay for Performance?” My personal outrage is tenure, particularly in education. Imagine Pelfrey’s MLB “tenure” guaranteeing him a spot in the rotation for the duration of his 2-year contract.. Oh, wait a minute. Isn’t that what we’re witnessing?

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    • How else would you propose to pay a player? Even if hypothetically the contract is for presumed future performance, you hafta base your presumptions on something. Do you think they should negotiate contracts after they’ve already performed the work they’re contracting for?

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      • Years ago I developed a method for paying players based on performance. It involved paying every player the same fixed salary and then at the end of the year each club would pay out a portion of their gate to each player based on performance using a formula. But you get the idea.

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  2. Holly, I like Jack Morris also, but I don’t think they are as good a pair as Jack was when he worked with Dan Dickerson. That is the team I want to do the TV games. Though I’d settle for them doing the radio.

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  3. Quest: Any chance the All Star break will slow Cleveland down? A 7 game lead might evaporate but falling back 10 is insurmountable. Concerns: Throws from the outfield being cut off when it appears they had a shot at the plate. Kudos: Maybin and his infectious spirit.

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  4. Spot on to you both regarding your analysis of Maybin, Kinsler & Fulmer. Maybin is the team MVP, Fulmer is our “Cy Young” and Kinsler is the recipient of the “Steady Eddy” award. He is the grizzled curmudgeon that every successful team needs.

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  5. Cameron Maybin hustles. He runs out everything. That short swing is a thing of beauty. You can nearly feel his joy to play the game as you watch on TV. And he made it possible for the Tigers to option a player who is none of these things.

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    • During the game last night Rod commented on how Maybin credited Tony Gwynn in SD for pushing him and to shorten his swing. The result is what you see. He is not worrying about the pressure, just being who is was meant to be as a player. It’s just cool CM gives TG credit.

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