QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDOS & CONCERNS

By:  Kurt Snyder & Holly Horning

Saturday’s segment is a day to touch on as many issues as possible. With 147 (78-69) 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

The Tigers are collapsing at a most inopportune time; when the schedule was in their favor. There was hope and there was promise. But the key word happens to be “was” as the Indians once again toyed with the Tigers while Detroit looked like buffoons throwing the ball all over the yard Friday night.

COMMENT

Every Tiger loss now moves the discussion away from the playoff chase and closer to an off-season fallout. This is a discussion that really should be saved for after the season, but we have learned this week that both Anibal Sanchez and Mike Pelfrey need to become ex-Tigers. Ilitch is going to have to eat some money.

KUDOS

You have to give Brad a lot of credit for continuing to stay composed during this September collapse. Showing confidence in his starting pitchers far beyond their effectiveness is well, different, I must say. It keeps his offense on their toes as well when their manager’s decisions make it as difficult as possible to stay in a game or pull away. (Any twinge of sarcasm has been correctly detected).


HOLLY

QUESTION

So much for the highly-touted easy schedule which was supposed to be a huge advantage for the Tigers. The team is playing under .500 baseball this month and have only won 1 out of 4 series. If they can’t take the Twins and White Sox, how can we expect them to do better in the remaining series against the Indians (2 series), Twins (again) and the Royals?

COMMENT

More than 1 former player/ GM-turned-analyst this week has brought up how each team takes on the personality and energy of their manager. They pointed to managers like Terry Collins and Joe Girardi who have amped up their energy and become more scrappy these past couple weeks as part of their strategy to inspire their players into fighting harder for those wins. Girardi has done a tremendous job after many of his top players were traded away – exchanged for rookies – and resulting in surprisingly better play and upward movement in the standings and wild card.

KUDOS

Jack Morris has turned out to be a great on-air partner for Mario. He’s really improved since last year and offers excellent commentary and the much-needed critique factor, along with a professionally-trained speaking voice and higher Q-factor (likeability). The only question is whether the Tigers can pry him away from Twins broadcasting full-time.

10 thoughts on “QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDOS & CONCERNS

  1. Are these pages taken from the “Tiger’s Way”. Time and time again, this team plays up to their manager’s level of energy level. At the same time, there’s never a visible reprimand for not meeting expectations. It’s sad to have to talk about off-season moves at this point in the season but Al Avila cannot repeat the nauseating pattern of “maintaining the course”.

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  2. Get a .49 cent Forever Stamp and just mail it in. The season is over. No fire, no swagger, no fight, no confidence, totally lackadaisical play all around. I thought they’ d wait till they got to Atlanta to do this. It’s time for a managerial change but who are the good candidates out there?

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  3. Comment: The expiration date on the 2016 season was as humiliating as it was maddening. Tuned in to see a fierce, competitive battle between contenders & got rick rolled. Saw instead 3 hrs. of sloppy play, juvenile mistakes, lifeless bats, & camera panning close-ups of a seed-spitting manager in a perpetual stupor. Product recall time.

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  4. A couple of nights ago I listened to the Tigers TV feed for the first time in a long time, and heard Morris. What a breath of fresh air!

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    • Morris has sounded terrific when compared to Gibby. Still, Rod Allen is “Mr. Smooth” when he’s on. The problem with Jack landing a regular role with the Tigers is, the Twin Cities are his home, where he was born and bred. I know money talks, but would he leave behind his 2 favorite sports after baseball, hunting and fishing in his native Minnesota?

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  5. I tend to be in Holly’s corner in respect to her insights on our Tigers. Player performance and energy correlate with that of the manager. The Tigers need a change in the dugout and at GM to light a fire under these under-performers on the field. Jack Morris is an absolute improvement over any color commentator Tigers have had in awhile!!

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  6. Why was this inevitable lose to the Tribe a surprise to anyone? What hope did fans really have that we could sweep them? Mishandling starters sucked all hope from their/my soul a week or so ago. Best move now is to fire brad before the end to signal to everyone what’s up. Perhaps even this series. Not joking. I am certain he will be scooped right up.

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  7. If Miguel wants the fans to stop being negative toward the team then he and his teammates need to cut off their social media viewing habits and the team needs to play more inspired and fiery baseball. Both is asking for too much though

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