QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDOS & CONCERNS

By:  Kurt Snyder & Holly Horning

Saturday’s segment is a day to touch on as many issues as possible. With 96 (50-46) games behind us, readers have the opportunity to read and think about a number of different topics.

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.


KURT

KUDO

From the department of giving credit where credit is due, it’s time to throw Anibal Sanchez a bone. It’s become an assumption this season that a Sanchez start equals a Tiger loss; it’s gotten that bad. But Anibal made us all take notice with an impressive performance including 10 strikeouts his last time out; a major boost for his confidence; don’t give up on him yet.

COMMENT

I hate to make too much of a rumor before the trade deadline, but if there is any truth to the Royals getting ready to sell off talent, it says a lot about their organization. They recognize the market they have to compete with and that their window is small. Championship mission accomplished, now go build another winner. Tigers should take note.

KUDO

If you still haven’t decided whether the Prince Fielder-Ian Kinsler trade was one of the best or maybe even the best ever made by the Tigers, well it’s just about sewn up. With Prince heading for more surgery on his neck, his career is certainly in doubt. Fielder was an ironman in durability when he came to the Tigers, but when he left, things fell apart for him; while Kinsler continues to be a model of offensive and defensive stability in Detroit.

HOLLY

COMMENT

The national media continues its discussion about how questionable Ausmus’ handling is of his starting rotation and bullpen. And if you need visible proof, it was seen in JV the other night when Ausmus came to pull him and Justin squared up his body into “fight mode” and threw out some f-bombs at his manager. But this is not the first time it’s happened between the two as their arguments can be traced all the way back to Brad’s first year.

KUDO

Hats off to JV, Sanchez and Pelfrey (and no surprise, Fulmer) this week who all showed they can step it up and pitch really well. It gives us hope that the starting rotation can hold it together when injuries and rookie shutdowns happen. The only thing missing concerns the issues about pulling them at the right time while they are still in a position to win.

CONCERN

I was watching video of JD working out and wondered who the morbidly obese guy – who easily weighed at least 300 lbs. and had a BMI off the charts – was next to him. My jaw hit the floor when I found out it was the assistant trainer, of all people, and a guy who moved with great difficulty due to his girth. I mean, seriously, is this a joke?

7 thoughts on “QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDOS & CONCERNS

  1. The JV F Bomb incident was not the 1st nor isolated moment of a star pitcher being yanked. It’s what the players REALLY think of Brad, not what nice-nice quotes they give. Holly, great spot on reporting of the ass’t trainer and the on-going medical department “joke”. The only thing worse, if he would have been puffing like JL.

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  2. Gut hunch. Part of the reason for the teams underachievers is 1-lack of respect for shamus and some might want to move on. Cabrera ‘s and other’s indifference and JV”s article about trade rumors are possible hints.

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  3. Holly the concern you voice today has been a topic in our house for years. Think back to the playoff games when the trainers line the field. They are a parody of the health & fitness they are hired to teach & promote. IMO their lack of physical fitness reflects poorly on the organization.

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  4. Holly your comments re. the “morbidly obese” trainer tells me more about you and your disdain for obese people than about the trainer. He might be an expert in his field. Many of us have friends and/or family that suffer from obesity. It seems that the obese are the last group that can be openly ridiculed.

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    • Hi, Joseph – My observation is based exclusively upon the job and not the weight. I would say the same thing about a doctor who chain smokes. If the trainer had a different job that was not physically-based, it would not have merited a comment from me. But for someone who is supposed to keep athletes in top shape, and can’t even walk without laboring as I witnessed, this is head shaking. I work with a number of athletes and have to interact with the team trainers on many an occasion, and I can tell you from that experience, as well as my own lifetime habit of working with trainers personally, I have seen nothing like this. Hope this helps clarify that I judge solely based upon the situation, and not the condition. – Holly

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  5. Al Avila just stated that Brad Ausmus has handled the bullpen well this year and that Ausmus is not a lame duck manager, that there is no such thing in baseball. Please tell me that he is kidding.

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