QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDOS & CONCERNS

By:  Kurt Snyder & Holly Horning

Saturday’s segment is a day to touch on as many issues as possible. Now that the Hot Stove League is heating up, there is plenty to contemplate about the home team and where they are headed.

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

CONCERN

If the Tigers actually do what the media is speculating about and they do indeed deal Verlander, Cabrera, JD Martinez and who knows who else, does anyone have concerns? Do we have the right people in place to head into such a radical transition? Unlike the Cubs, we didn’t bring in an All-Star like Theo Epstein to reshape the franchise.

QUESTION

Since we have let all of baseball know that we will consider deals for our top stars, why not let teams sit on that notion until the trade deadline, when contenders are more vulnerable and desperate to get over the top? That way you can do 2 things. You give yourself another shot at a playoff run with a still very good team and the caveat that if we fail, we deal at a time when you can get the best talent.

COMMENT

I understand that given the years that both Verlander and Cabrera had last season, they are probably sitting at their highest trade value possible. It’s why the Tigers look like they are considering this now more than later. But are they prepared for the scrutiny and the bevy of empty seats at Comerica? If they are and that doesn’t matter, than it’s more clear than ever that this team is for sale.


HOLLY

QUESTION

Remember those couple of years where Miguel Cabrera had amazing seasons of productivity and yet didn’t win the MVP Award because the common thought was that the winner had to take his team to the playoffs? So why is Mike Trout being heralded by many of these same people as deserving to win this year’s MVP Award despite the Angels finishing in 4th place and below .500? I am really getting tired of the media’s doublespeak and insane lovefest with him.

CONCERN

I had no idea just how bad the Tigers’ defense was in 2016 until I saw the stats. Defensively, they placed second-to-last out of 30 teams. JD Martinez ranked dead last by a mile out of all RFers and cost the Tigers 22 runs, mostly due to his lack of range. Add this factor to the pile of reasons that he will be traded this Hot Stove season.

KUDOS

When you look at the stats, and especially those focused on run support, Justin Verlander clearly deserves to win the AL’s Cy Young Award. And I don’t blame him – given recent years where writers don’t do their homework and the Tigers notoriously don’t support their own players when it comes to awards and the Hall of Fame – for publishing proof and supplying it to the media. As Will Rodgers said, “It ain’t braggin’ if it’s true.”

12 thoughts on “QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDOS & CONCERNS

  1. Holly, people need to stop worrying about attendance. The Tigers need to tear this thing down or end up like the Phillies. They know as an offshoot, that attendance will crash. It has to be done and the quicker the better. If they don’t their finances will hamper the team for a decade.

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  2. I’m not bothered so much by the possibility of trading JV and Miggy but I am terrified at the likelihood Avila will not make smart trades. I keep thinking of that disastrous Doug Fister deal. That is the problem dealing known commodities for prospects.

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    • I see your point & I too would particularly hate to JV or Cabrera go. However, to the point that prospects can be scary—did you know who Norris, Boyd, or Fulmer were 18 months ago? I know that I didn’t & look now—they’re universally viewed as the future of the franchise.

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  3. The wait until the trade deadline idea is sound Holly. It’s a shame that the farm is so barren and as a result, they really have no choice but to trade stars for multiple prospects. But that is the reality…hope they choose wisely in their potential acquisitions and then start putting more money and emphasis on rebuilding the farm system.

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  4. We didn’t bring in a Theo Epstein & we certainly didn’t bring in a Joe Maddon. In fact, it’s reunion time for a coaching staff who couldn’t bring it home with some of the best talent in the league. Confidence? Nope. If it’s true they’re in a “spare no one” mode, they’re starting too far down the totem pole.

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  5. 22 runs worst than average for JD’s defense is actually worse than it sounds, when you consider that he was on the DL for six weeks. But nobody on the Tigers is a particularly good defensive outfielder,. Clearly the organization needs to revamp its minor league coaching.

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  6. Tigers must address their farm system. It has constantly been ranked near the bottom by Baseball America for several years. Do they have the wrong personal evaluating talent? Is it poor coaches, or is it both.

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  7. A mostly empty ballpark like the early-2000s with the franchise faces and all-stars gone, with a chance at that time the team is being prepped for sale, wouldn’t this spur Derek Jeter into possibly buying the Tigers? He’s never been involved in messy, costly divorces and the right people would line up to finance him and or his group

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  8. I agree—the media love affair for Mike Trout is ridiculous & really signifies that smaller markets like Detroit DO get discriminated against. Trout couldn’t shine Cabrera’s shoes. Cabrera’s this generations KING of baseball. If he were in NY, LA, SF, or Boston, that’s all we’d ever hear.

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