QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDOS & CONCERNS

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By:  Kurt Snyder & Holly Horning

Saturday’s segment is a day to touch on as many issues as possible. Even as the Tigers have continued their silence this off-season, there is always something to talk about.

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

Kirk Gibson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame this week. Gibby cemented his Tiger legacy in Game 5 of the 1984 World Series with 2 home runs to seal the deal on a Title. I can’t stress enough how important timing is for Gibby to be honored by the Tigers as well; a statue showing Gibson with his fists in the air, the crowning moment of the last Tiger championship seems appropriate, and the sooner the better.

QUESTION

When was the last time the Tigers had someone emerge unexpectedly from spring training to play a critical role in the success of the team? In 2006, it was Verlander and Zumaya. Does anyone on the current roster stand out as a potential head-turner? I can’t help but think the light is about to go on for Bruce Rondon, as maturity and visible belief in his potential for dominance has begun to emerge.

COMMENT

My dad was always of the mind that distractions within the ballpark used to further entertain the crowd represented antics used by losing franchises. The day that ballparks needed to provide more than just the game to draw fans was the day he never wanted to see. Today, the game now offers more reasons to leave your seat than to stay in it – watch for more of this in 2017 if the team begins to go sour.


HOLLY

CONCERN

At least 1-2 writers are outed yearly for their outrageous and unsupportable ballot decisions. On a recent show, a panel filled with Hall of Fame members, top broadcasters and experienced analysts expressed great concern over many who are allowed to vote. A majority of the panel agreed that given the times, new media and the tendency for many of these voters to use this opportunity as a PR-generating venue for themselves, that writers are poor choices for deciding who enters the Hall.

COMMENT

Al Avila said he received no nibbles regarding trading his top players after declaring that all were available. But now he reports that multiple teams have inquired about Anthony Gose – the same guy demoted twice last year by the Tigers, fought with his manager, refused to show up for the next day’s game and ended up in AA. Unbelievably, Al said he turned down trade offers for Gose because of the “outside” chance he could play CF in 2017 – making this his most embarrassing statement to date.

COMMENT

Many excuses have been offered for why no team has snapped up JD Martinez yet. But national analysts have and it involves JD’s ranking as MLB’s worst RF in 2016 resulting in teams hesitant to put him in the outfield. JD went from saving 4 runs defensively in 2015 to costing the Tigers 22 runs in 2016 while his UZR (measuring fielding prowess compared to an average player) went from an admirable 7.7 in 2015 to an unbelievable -17.2 last year.

14 thoughts on “QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDOS & CONCERNS

  1. I agree that a statue of Gibson with his fists in the air is appropriate – maybe put it near the Harwell one or place it at the right field entrance of the park.However, much like honoring Sparky Anderson, the Ilitch family will probably wait till Gibson passes to do something like this if they own the team at that time.

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  2. If Anthony Gose is our starting centerfielder, the problem is worse than I imagined. In my opinion, the two biggest mistakes this franchise made were retaining Ausmus and hiring Avila as GM.

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  3. When the Hall opened, writers were the logical choice to vote because they were about the only ones able to watch 154 games a year. Next year should help when the ballots become public. However, BBWAA members are a staggering minority of people that watch countless games in the 21st century.

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  4. A piece in local rag yesterday again found AA mouth running -this time covering Gose’s attributes. Just a “sell Job” after total “wiff” trading last years only spark plug. Yes, the stadium needs 4 statues immediately, Gibby, Sparky, Lou and Tram. Before the next merry-go – round please. Writers are almost as bad as fan voting for HOF and AS game.

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  5. J.D. did it to himself by not excepting the offer last winter showing everyone that he wants to be overpaid when he becomes a free agent even though he is just an average defender with below average speed who did not hit well in the 2 spot. I wonder how he would hit if not in the lineup behind Cabrera and Victor?

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    • Matthew, I see no advantage to hitting behind Miggy and Vmart. Ahead of, yes. He would see a lot of strikes. Please explain. Besides, I think the attraction to J.D. is purely on the offensive side. However, he could play corner OF as well as any of those NL DH’s disguised as outfielders.Shwarber, for one.

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  6. I agree with Kurt’s dad about the distractions at the ballpark. But, I really don’t get these people who sit in the expensive seats and look down at their phones for most of the game.

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    • …..Or the people who plunk down $4.50 for a hot dog when all you have to do is pay an extra .50 for an adult meal that includes the hot dog plus a small soda and a bag of chips.

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  7. “the last time the Tigers had someone emerge unexpectedly from spring training to play a critical role in the success of the team?”

    Uh, Michael Fulmer, last year?

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  8. JD was the same OF in ’16 he was in ’15. Another example of how poor and unpredictable most defensive uber stats are. Don’t forget, they had to be tweeted because they were showing Trout as much below average CF a couple years ago and while he is barely an above average CF on the defensive side.

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  9. i think JD got real tentative chasing balls (especially near the wall) after his broken elbow. Probably was protecting himself too much. Hope he lets that go.

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