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

COMMENT

After so much promise, Stephen Moya more than likely has more value as a trade piece than a consideration for the Tigers’ roster in 2017. Any deal involving someone like JD should also include Moya, who is still at least a year away and fading. He’s just another disappointing example of a thin farm system that has yielded very little position player talent.

QUESTION

How valuable is a power hitting threat off the bench when you consider the Tigers may indeed miss a .171 hitter in Jarrod Saltalamacchia? Talks of Alex Avila returning to the Tigers would constitute a downgrade both as a bat off the bench but also as a reliable backup catcher. It really tells you where the team may be headed when players the caliber of Avila are considered for a return to Detroit.

QUESTION

Taking everything under consideration, who could have envisioned Brad Ausmus managing the Tigers for 4 seasons in Detroit? It’s interesting how he is now more of an appropriate managerial choice in his 4th season, with lower expectations, than he ever was in the first 3. My level of frustration heading into December? High.


HOLLY

QUESTION

There are only a handful of teams in the position to take on some of the Tigers’ mega-contracts, including Boston. But will Al Avila want to risk dealing with Dave Dombrowski, who is an expert at getting the best in trades? Will the two even want to discuss a trade given the messy departure and rumored bad feelings?

COMMENT

As the jousting between some of baseball’s top media and Kate Upton continues, an official poll was done to identify the top 25 Worst Sports Power Couples. And this is an award that Justin and Kate shouldn’t be happy winning as sports #1 “most insufferable” couple, beating out the likes of Tom Brady and Gisele Bunchen, Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari, Aaron Rodgers and Olivia Munn and the Beckhams. They were labeled as the “King and Queen of doing too much online…..constantly feeling cheated of their due, but also constantly in a position to tell others what their inherent right are.” Ouch.

COMMENT

It seems that the Cy Young Award brings out the worst in players (or their fiancés). After inventing a social media stunt – where his wife “accidentally” threw his no-hit jersey into the trash – Max Scherzer was at it again with a fully staged, unabashed theatrical celebration of his win for live TV complete with supporting cast and exploding bottles of champagne cascading all over a jumping, screaming Max. So much for winners graciously accepting their awards and paying respect to their competition as Scherzer selfishly rubbed it in to Kyle Hendricks and Jon Lester. Tacky.

11 thoughts on “QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDOS & CONCERNS

  1. I am in violant agreement with all three of Kurts points today. I don’t care what ANYONE says, if they sign Alex as back up catcher it is 1000% due the family relationship. Notice there is also the other younger Avila son on the Tigers legal staff. Is Mrs. Avila there too? It is that sort of Illich “take care of your own” philosophy that has us in the current situation.

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  2. I don’t know why Alex Avila is disregarded so much. His metrics and the analytics show he is still a top catcher, while McMann who is loved in this town is always near the bottom. If you platoon McCann and Avila the catching position would be improved greatly.

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    • Couldn’t agree more. If Avila came he would be the backup catcher. The main purpose of a backup is defense anything a they do offensively is a bonus. The Cubs backup catcher was Davis Ross and he helped the pitching staff and was very important to the team despite hitting .229 which was also his career average.

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  3. If they bring Alex back they might as well bring Pat Leyland, Bo McClendon, & Wade Lamont on board too. Let them be a part of the reunion..it’s tradition after all. I need “leaner & younger” defined for me. Not sure I’m using the same dictionary as AA.

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  4. I remember after the Tigers won the ’12 A.L pennant, Mike Ilitch congratulated his players and famously beamed that there is not “one hot dog in the entire bunch.” It appears now JV and Max have become the biggest ones. I hope JV doesn’t end up being a distraction for the clubhouse or the team.

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    • I think people hate Verlander because he gets to go home to Kate Upton, and then invent reasons why he is a bad person. He works his heart out, pitches through pain, and by all accounts has been a generous mentor to the young pitchers on the staff. If somebody offered me his salary, I wouldn’t turn it down either.

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  5. I noted stories in the Detroit papers the last couple of days regarding the attendance at Comerica being down for the third year in a row. Didn’t take long for my analytical brain to deduce that those were the Brad Ausmus years. A boring manager who does nothing for Team Chemistry has also affected attendance in a big way.

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  6. Right on chuck Terry. Time proves that JV and Max are both ‘charactors’ lacking character. Guess that’s part of the reason neither’s teams have won it all.

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    • If guys like Manny Ramirez and Alex Rodriguez can be pivotal pieces on their world series teams, than Verlander and Scherzer would definitely not be an issue. If you’re not in the club house, how would you know?

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      • Man-Ram, A-Rod? You must be talking about those Red Sox and Yankee teams managed by Hall of Fame managers Terry Francona and Joe Torre, respectively. Those managers did have head cases in the above-mentioned but those were “teams.” Jim Leyland had 25 ballplayers- big difference.

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  7. It appears that I am the naive one. I never look at these things written here as bad. I only saw them as reasonable reactions. Then I read RT and see the darker side of the issues.

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