QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDOS & CONCERNS

By:  Kurt Snyder & Holly Horning

Saturday’s segment is a day to touch on as many issues as possible. As the World Series gets into full swing, there is still plenty to contemplate about the game and the home team.

Kurt and Holly don’t share and it’s only for the readers’ benefit. It almost always translates into a wide array of thoughts.


KURT

COMMENT

Only in baseball must a team like the Tigers, have to sit one of their best hitters because they finish a tight Wild Card race on the road in a National League city. Only in baseball is a 103-game winner forced to start the World Series on the road based on the results of an All-Star game. Only in baseball can a great Series story like Kyle Schwarber’s be interrupted because there is no DH in the National League city; there’s certainly more to talk about at the Winter Meetings than just trades, isn’t there?

QUESTION

How does Al Avila strike a balance between major changes to a team loaded with popular players while still preserving fan interest? Fans in Detroit are not used to giving up players they have grown to love for players they know nothing about. Are the Tigers willing to face the certain reality of more empty seats in order to get their balance sheet healthier in the future?

COMMENT

When you watch the World Series as a fan of a team who didn’t qualify for the playoffs, you begin to understand why your team is not participating in the first place. The Tigers certainly proved all season they could not compete with the Indians; and the Cubs would have been no different. Sometimes you don’t find out until you watch the playoffs that your team really did not belong among the best of the best.


HOLLY

QUESTION

It may be because we were used to Dave Dombrowski being notoriously tight-lipped, but am I the only one who thinks that Al Avila shares too much information with the public? His interviews just seem to give away too much information, strategy and thoughts on players that maybe should be kept on the QT. Unless this is his way of prepping fans in advance of some big changes in order to help minimize fan and social media backlash.

COMMENT

It appears Dave Dombrowski doesn’t like to share. Less than one year after hiring Mike Hazen to be his GM, and then not allowing him to make trades, Hazen has left the Red Sox for the brighter horizons of……the Arizona Diamondbacks as their GM, going from a payroll ranked #3 to one listed at #26. DD has opted not to hire a GM for the Red Sox, making them the first team to not have that official position.

CONCERN

News continues to leak from other media sources about why Doug Fister was deemed expendable when Dave Dombrowski was forced to make a payroll cutback and it resembles more of a soap opera than anything else. Excluding the desire to get Drew Smyly into the rotation, Fister was dealt because of concern over an alleged personal relationship with the daughter of a Tigers’ coach and his vocal unhappiness over the role another pitcher had in a popular and well-respected employee being unfairly demoted due to the latter’s messy love life. If you add in the rumors about why Prince Fielder and Avisail Garcia were traded, it appears that dysfunctional personal relationships were a significant distraction among the Tigers in 2013.

9 thoughts on “QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDOS & CONCERNS

  1. Excellent observations from both Kurt and Holly. I agreed with Holly in a recent Comment about Avila running his mouth too much. It has to hurt team morale. But it also weakens the team’s bargaining positions because the other clubs now know that the Tigers are almost “forced sellers”. All they have to do is back up the trucks!

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  2. What is the difference WHICH games, so long as they play the same number as the other AL teams? The Tigers had as many games with the DH, as every team finishing ahead in the standings. When they played those games is irrelevant. Where they played those games is irrelevant. They simply didn’t play as though every pitch matters.

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    • I think Kurt’s frustration is over the different rules that put the AL at a disadvantage in interleague and playoff games. Does the current setup really bring the fans the best product, especially in a potential pennant race?

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      • Herbelicious – You are on the right track. What’s interesting as we continue with this DH debate is that National League teams have realized no disadvantage at all. But in an interesting twist, they would have loved for the DH rule to continue when they got home. Thanks to Kyle Schwarber, the Cubs left Cleveland with a huge amount of momentum. Because of his injury, he now sits, no longer able to DH. To me, you get the best product by using the DH across the board in the World Series.

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  3. Good new break Holly & I respect the scoop to be way more than World Series “chatter.” I touched on AA “lips” last w/e & you responded that it was too early to tell. Besides “giving away” Tigs blueprint plans, I maintain he’s talking out of both sides of his mouth.

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  4. I’m beginning to fear Chris I is a penny wise dollar foolish bean counter. If rumors are true about fister/closer story, he resembles lions owner W.C.Ford all too much.

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  5. I fear it’s time to go back to the old days,pre-2006, root for home team but for post season, like lions, have your winners like cubs, Indians or dodgers. Well run with solid players and smart managers.

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  6. Only in baseball can 1/2 the country miss out on a LCS because they don’t have one certain channel. Only in baseball can you purchase the league’s TV package, and NOT see the teams in your area. It is like these knuckleheads don’t want the product to sell.

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  7. Kurt: There’s no equitable way of determining home field advantage in the World Series. Won-Loss records aren’t comparable since the teams play different schedules. I didn’t have a problem with alternating between the leagues like they used to do.

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