THE TOPIC FOR TUESDAY

It’s Tuesday folks, which means it’s your day! Today is the day for reader feedback. Most weeks like today, there will be a topic on which to respond, while once a month for “Open Mike,” readers get the opportunity to comment on the Tiger topic of their choosing.

This is the one day of the week where we open up the comment parameters for you, so you can really get those juices flowing. Comments on THIS DAY ONLY can be expanded, if you choose,  to a maximum of 8 sentences. So let ‘er rip! Let’s get this party started! We can’t wait to get your feedback on the following topic.


Were the Tigers wise to have started the “younger and leaner” phase now or should they have gone “all in” for one more year?

17 thoughts on “THE TOPIC FOR TUESDAY

  1. Of course they were wise to start it now! Since 2006 took all of us by surprise, and perhaps the franchise and team itself, let’s use 2007 as the starting point. Ever since that year coming off an A.L pennant, they have been “all in,” whatever that means. Anyhow, since then they’ve signed big name free agents as well as traded the farm for players that have since come and gone all the while bloating payroll too large for a market this size. We were there in ’12 and were on the doorstep in ’13 before David Ortiz singlehandedly beat us for the pennant in one game. Simply, the formula did not work to get the biggest prize. Putting off a rebuild for one more year is doing a disservice to the veterans and us fans. The sooner a rebuild begins the sooner we can perhaps get back to being serious playoff contenders.

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    • To piggyback on my comment above, what is kinder to the ears? Rebuild? Retool? Younger/Leaner? Or “charting a new course,” which the front office is now using in an attempt to try to not really hoodwink the fan base.

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    • I second that! Clueless Brad’s Ivy League education that’s so often touted doesn’t mean squat in this sport. He lacks good ol’ common sense & management style. I’m done paying them to go watch a loser anymore, and I told my season ticket rep. all of that when we talked. Managers DO matter. Ask Cleveland, SF, and Chicago fans.

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  2. Younger and leaner can start right now if they are able to move Zimmerman, Upton, VMart, Lowe, Sanchez, or Pelfrey. It’s going to take a fair bit of magic to do any of that. Younger and leaner must apply to the front office as well – starting with the Scouting Department. We can trade away all our pricey veterans but if we miss on the prospects we get in return and on draft picks, it won’t matter. Finally, I don’t mind cutting back, but in my humble opinion, trading Miggy or JV for prospects is absurd. They are the faces of the franchise.

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  3. Suppose you were the zillionaire owner of the Tigers. Who is your top wish-list candidate to run scouting and minor league operations so the Tigers can actually develop a decent crop of young prospects for the first time since Gibson, Parrish, Lou, Tram, Morris, and Petry all came up?

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  4. I find it impossible to refer to something they should have begun after the 2015 season, as wise. The moves made in the most recent off season lacked logic and/or foresight and made an already worrisome future, completely hopeless. I found the way they let Dombrowski departure unfold utterly disgusting and incredibly unprofessional, making the current debacle that the new(but same, just much worse) front office personnel has only made much worse, as bittersweet. The fans deserve much better than having to witness the consequences of this front offices terrible mismanagement but, the next generation of Ilitchs and their team of “yes” people are getting exactly what they deserve! From perennial championship contenders to laughing stock of the league in the blink of an eye.

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  5. Do we now know the reason for Tiger payroll cutting, with the announcement this morning that Little Caesar’s Arena has cost over runs totaling 105 million, all paid for by Olympia Development of Michigan? That’s a lot of money, even if the Ilitch’s are making changes in the arena plan, to make way for the Pistons, thus the over runs.

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  6. I am amazed at the defeatism of all these replies. I believe that with no new additions and one or two fewer extended injuries to key players, the roster that finished the 2016 season would have had about as good a chance to win it all as any team in baseball not named the Cubs. Dumping Maybin amounts to throwing in the towel one year too soon.

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  7. I really felt with a little luck on injuries they, with a couple secondary moves could of made a real run next year. Now
    Were going the way of the old white Sox, gutted to pay for the owners favorite team. In thier case Michael Jordans last couple runs.

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  8. I’ve been a Pirate, then Tiger, fan for 70 years. As much as I ever have, I enjoy the game, which is still basically entertainment, however sophisticated we get with our analyses. I don’t have the answer to Holly’s question, but I enjoy reading the comments of those who contact this site. I usually learn a lot by reading them and think that the Tigers are fortunate to have such passionate and knowledgeable fans.

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  9. Chris. The ivy league doesn’t like common sense. They consider it something for the peasants. Commons sense thinking and personality traits are what the home school curriculum, along with musical instrument training is all about. Please excuse my multiple run on sentence.

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    • Mike f, Having common sense and having a first-rate education are independent variables, both very valuable in a wide range of life endeavors. To say that a manager lacks common sense because he has an Ivy-League education is like saying that a shortstop must not be a good fielder because he can hit.

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  10. I’m as a “Monday Morning QB” as anybody that is a regular TT reader. It’s what makes BB fun and kept me an impulsive fan for 68 years. Cmon folks, admit it. After a huge gulp of hysteria in 2006, we hung on each of Mr I’s pizza pie empire moves every winter. And for the most part, we were amazed and loved each of DD’s ” sexy moves” that made the Tigers strong favorites each spring. I’m with those that feel the Bengals should have “held tight” for 2017. Unless they facilitate moving JV, Miggy and Ian, they are doing them and loyal fans by “charting a new course.” Pedaling Maybin, however paints the picture vividly that a major change transpired in the Illitch empire and Comerica will have many more bobble head promotions in the 2017 campaign.

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