QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDOS & CONCERNS

By:  Kurt Snyder & Holly Horning

Saturday’s segment is a day to touch on as many issues as possible. With 122 (64-58) 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

COMMENT

According to our manager, Miggy felt more pain in his arm when he swings and misses and not as much when he makes contact. Anyone concerned about that? It kind of reminds you of the old joke, which might go like this in this case; Doc, it only hurts when I swing and miss and the doctor says, Well, don’t do that.

COMMENT

This is a critical series with the Red Sox. It’s the equivalent of playing Cleveland, as every game we lose to them pushes us further away from a playoff spot; too bad that we have to point that out. Unfortunately you have to hear about the urgency on this site instead of from the Tiger clubhouse; I guess it’s just another series on the schedule to Brad and the boys.

CONCERN

It’s really a shame that every single year, injuries suck the life out of Tiger teams that have so many expectations; so much promise. On this site, Holly has led several discussions on our training staff and how we train and handle injuries. Again, why are we alone in a cocoon on this topic? It scares me that the Tigers may not be recognizing any kind of problem.


HOLLY

QUESTION

Is being popular a priority over getting to the playoffs? Despite the ongoing saga of innings limits for Michael Fulmer, Ausmus allowed him to pitch a complete game despite a 7-0 lead. Afterwards, Brad admitted he did it in part because Fulmer had a large number of friends and family in attendance.

COMMENT

Three starts ago, Brad came to pull JV from the mound and it turned into an epic, obscenity-laced confrontation from JV – a battle JV won. Ever since then, Ausmus has hesitated in removing him from games. During the last start, JV was allowed to load the bases with no outs despite signs of tiring and giving up a HR in the previous inning that put the opponents ahead. A game that had a 1-run separation and technically winnable but became a 6-1 loss.

CONCERN

Brad Ausmus: “Really, I don’t look at the standings that often. I try to win on a daily basis…. I couldn’t even tell you how many games we are behind Cleveland. I know the gap’s widened a little bit because we haven’t played well lately, but we’ve got 40-something games. I’ll worry about it when we get a little closer.”

So disturbing on so many levels and helps explain the sense of urgency that has been lacking on this team. This is a PR department’s nightmare and I’m sure Mr. I is not happy at all.

17 thoughts on “QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDOS & CONCERNS

  1. 3-7 over last 10. 7 behind. KC surging. Why worry? He kept the gig due to injuries last year right? And Soccia just got a vote of confidence from Angels GM while his last place club is crippled. Heck, losing is the new winning for managers eh? I’m fading fast with football starting.

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  2. The Tigers PR staff’s nightmare is a non-issue as long as the Detroit dailies continue to print the rosey picture pieces that the department hands them! Not sure what’s harder to take; the “soft touch” audio from the games or the printed words in the local papers.

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  3. Uh-oh. Another one of those “that’s baseball” quotes from Ausmus! That excuse is tired and old! For the first time since 1990 I will not attend a Tigers game. Apparently I’m not missing out on much. Even if they get hot again it might be too little too late.

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  4. Readers of TT are all on the same page- injuries, Brad, lack of club mojo, lack of “coaching up,” commentator shuffling” and on and on. We’re getting a bit stale and predictable here H&K and us bloggers too. That is 180 for TT! Let’s step out of the ” batters box” and see if we can play some “small ball.” Send H&K suggestions.

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    • Jerry, today I suggested an actual comparison of DL transactions between the Tigers and a club that practices Yoga and/or Pilates. It would be interesting to see if there is a correlation between the practices and actual injuries.

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  5. These topics aren’t stale as long as they continue to impact what is happening on the field & they most certainly do. The audience here is wider than the # of those who comment so it’s important to keep hammering away. Someone has to be the squeaky wheel.

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  6. The Tigers training/medical staff is considered to be one of the 2 or 3 best in MLB. The Tigers currently are the ONLY team in baseball that’s finished in the top 5 each year for having the fewest players on the disabled list EACH one of the last six seasons (2010-2015). From 2010-2015 they have had the 2nd fewest combined # of players in on the DL.

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    • Stevie Y. Can you share where you researched and discovered these facts? Also would you agree That being hurt or playing hurt is different than record of DL. I recall several players admitting concealing or outright playing hurt…. Ahh choo Miguel Cabrera…. Cough. Alfredo Simon, V Mart. Verlander, Etc.

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      • Every player going to get hurt if they play long enough. Miggy actually been very healthy player as a Tiger as he’s averaged 152 games per season, don’t get much better than that. Last year only time ever been on the d.l. The same goes for JV as he went on d.l. for the 1st time ever last year in 10 year career.

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      • Sorry I just read your comment closer Matt- I was surprised hearing someone say Tigers have lots of injuries thru the years when the opposite was true. It may feel that way to someone who follows a team closely. But Tigers had been one least injured teams for years now.

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      • Since injuries are a topic I cover extensively, I’ll add some info. The official DL is one thing, having athletes play while injured is another. The Tigers have had few on the DL over the years but have been recognized as having a substantial number playing when they should have been on the DL. Miggy played with a broken foot.and a core tear. VMart couldn’t move his leg out of the batter’s box. The list is extensive. The Tigers blamed several years of failure in October on injuries, including last year. Stats need to be viewed within the big picture because one category doesn’t tell the whole story. – Holly

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  7. Ausmus has been invited to participate on the next Celebrity Apprentice. I can’t wait for him to be told, “Brad, you’re fired!’

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  8. Like the line from Kipling’s poem .. “Their names are What & Why & When. And How & Where & Who”. When the answers are the same or similar every season there’s a problem. They might just have the fewest players on the DL because they allow injured players to continue to play. Just a thought.

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  9. “Brad admitted he did it in part because Fulmer had a large number of friends and family in attendance.” Well, shouldn’t he play the superstars every Sunday afternoon? While not necessarily relatives,there are a lot of fans who come in from out of town wanting to see the “A” lineup.

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