QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDOS & CONCERNS

By:  Holly Horning & Kurt Snyder

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.

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


HOLLY

QUESTION

You’ve got BBWAA writers who say they won’t vote for a player because of his political beliefs, both writers from the same city who unbelievably left JV entirely off their ballots (coincidence?), a ballot being turned in before the season ends and votes being cast by polling random players instead of doing the research. Three out of 4 categories in this year’s seasonal awards have come under intense scrutiny and criticism and it’s only getting worse. How many more years will MLB and the BBWAA fail to address the serious issues surrounding voting, as well as the antiquated system developed over 100 years ago that is in need of serious updating?

CONCERN

At one point, the Tigers had 3 Cy Young Award winners on their roster at the same time and this year’s recognition was filled with Tiger winners past and present. One who was robbed of the award and lost out to a former Tiger and yet another ex-Tiger who now is only 1 of 6 in baseball history to win the prize in both leagues. There is something seriously wrong within this organization when you consider that the Tigers have been the only team in MLB loaded with all this talent and all the major individual awards: Cy Youngs, MVPs, batting champs and a Triple Crown winner and yet can’t even get close to winning a World Series.

COMMENT

Just because your anger is justified about a poor Cy Young Award result, doesn’t mean tweeting a tacky x-rated series of rants is right. Kate Upton put her fiancé, JV, in a difficult position with her comments – straining his friendship with Rick Porcello and undoubtedly angering at least 2 writers which won’t help his case in future voting years. At least JV was diplomatic and gracious as he tried to right the ship on the next day by tweeting his appreciation to everyone in MLB and the BBWAA.


KURT

COMMENT

Despite all the outrage surrounding Justin Verlander’s second place finish in the AL Cy Young Award voting, familiar names and ex-Tigers did win the big prize. Max Scherzer won yet another Cy Young Award in the NL while Rick Porcello’s 22 wins bagged him the prize in the AL. If you didn’t know any better, you would have thought the Tigers would have surely won at least onechampionship having had all 3 of these pitchers on their roster at the same time; add in David Price and there is no question right? Wrong.

KUDOS

Speaking of individual awards, the future of Michael Fulmer is indeed bright as he took home the AL Rookie of the Year Award. Fulmer arrived with a boatload of potential in the Yoenis Cespedes trade and has paid huge dividends already. It would surprise no one after having watched him this season, if he someday adds his name to the list of Tigers Cy Young Award winners.

KUDOS

Mike Ilitch should be commended for bringing multiple championships to the Red Wings, having also dotted the landscape of downtown Detroit with a vast amount of successful developments along the way. And of course, he should be commended for his relentless pursuit of a championship for the Tigers; despite what looks like the end of the line for that pursuit. With his influence on the Tigers appearing to diminish, Mr. I is still considered to be near the top on the success meter, but hey, sometimes you just can’t have it all; and if you have read my series this past week, you can probably guess that I can still find some satisfaction in that.

8 thoughts on “QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDOS & CONCERNS

  1. IMHO, JV’s fiance had every right to shoot her mouth off. That is between her and JV. And the general tenor of her comment had some accuracy–2 Tampa Bay writers not putting JV on their ballots. For shame! I doubt that there would have been much attention if a male finance came to the aid of his girlfriend. In any event, I rather admired her blast!

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    • Hi, Thomas – I don’t question Kate’s right to blast away. I do question her choice of words (even though she was technically correct) and whether she ran it past JV before tweeting. It’s never cool to embarrass people, take away from someone else’s accomplishment or strain a relationship between friends. Thanks for continuing the conversation! – Holly

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  2. Regarding Kurts Kudos. I had not thought of it until reading today’s post, but Mr. Snyder could be Mike Illich’s goat curse. Your dad’s nick name wasn’t Murphy was it?

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  3. I don’t want politics thrown in my face while I’m following sports. Sadly, Bob Costas and ESPN along with some sports writers don’t seem to care. Even though Kate and Justin move in rarified circles, she came across as a knuckle-dragger with her choice of words. She needs to grow up.

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  4. You’re right, sometimes you can’t have it all. Most people don’t ever get their truly “happily ever after.” In Mike’s case, a World Series championship would’ve been his happily ever after.

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  5. Concern: How could AA have the marching orders to implode the Tigers this winter? A rookie of the year, a near Cy young winner, Miggy and Ian “star status” and solid supporting remaining lineup. 2017 is a year early!

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  6. The fact that this team has MVP, Cy Young and Triple crown winners, as well as four gold glove finalist in 2016, is a complete contradiction to saying “something is seriously wrong within this organization.”

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