By: Kurt Snyder
Well, here we are. Al Avila has basically told us to hold on with our expectations at the trade deadline. In fact, I wondered if he may have been taking our advice at Totally Tigers.
I believe Holly and I have done a decent job explaining how the best moves for the Tigers to make are probably the ones they don’t make. I felt it was fair that the Tigers who come back from injury should be thought of as “acquisitions,” the identical term that Al Avila used to describe the return of Zimmermann, Norris and JD Martinez.
Given how in sync Al seems to be with us, it appeared like we were providing a valuable service. Two reasonably intelligent writers pretty good at putting words together and enough forethought to recommend what is best for the team. So thanks Al! We were hoping the Tigers would take notice.
But the problem is that Al needs to keep reading. Maybe he just discovered Totally Tigers. Maybe he’s a new reader. And if that’s the case, we welcome him. But we encourage him to keeping strolling back into the annals of this blog which is now approaching around 550 posts. And if he does that, he will discover our position on his manager, which really hasn’t changed much over the course of the almost 2 seasons our blog has been in existence.
Maybe his statement regarding what the Tigers’ plan will be at the trade deadline would have changed just a bit, you know, assuming he’s taking our lead and running with it. He wouldn’t have to go back more than a few days to find out that we aren’t on the same page, in the same book or even in the same library, when it comes to evaluating the performance of his manager.
If you’re not familiar with what Al said on Saturday, let us help you. Al said:
“Right now, what we’re really focusing on is trying to get the guys who are injured back and playing,” Avila said. “Those are going to be our major acquisitions. There’s nobody out there better than Jordan Zimmermann if he comes back healthy. Obviously, J.D. Martinez and Daniel Norris, those are three guys we are focusing on getting back healthy and they will be big acquisitions shortly.”
See? I’m so proud of Al. We’re finally getting through to the Tigers’ brass. Considering the return of injured Tigers as big acquisitions is a brilliant perspective don’t you think? But unfortunately it didn’t end there and it proved that Al hasn’t been reading the best of Kurt and Holly very long at all. This next gem shows the proof is in the pudding:
“This is a team that can compete,” Avila said. “This is a team that can get us to the playoffs and we just have to get back guys that are injured. We gotta stay healthy and we just have to be more consistent and I believe this team has the capabilities of doing that and we have a great manager to lead the way.”
I don’t really know where to head with that. But after being impressed in a big way in the off-season with all the solid moves to improve the roster, things were looking up for our team. But remember, this was all after the shock had worn off after experiencing the most unexpected of announcements; Brad Ausmus would return as manager. And according to Al, it’s the “great” Brad Ausmus.
Al is confident that much is possible when led by a great manager. And he is absolutely right. But the most shocking and disturbing thing is that he has publicly professed that he has one. Al, please keep reading. What team have you been watching? I hate to break it to you, but you don’t have a great manager. Your team would be in much better shape if you did. But you don’t.
Trust us. We are here to help.