OPEN MIKE!

microphoneIt’s Tuesday folks, which means it’s your day! Tuesday is the day for you to be heard. Today is the one day during the month where you get the opportunity to comment on the Tiger topic of your choosing. It’s time once again for “Open Mike!”

As usual, 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 to a maximum of 8 sentences. So let ‘er rip!  Pick a topic and let us hear from you. We know there’s a lot on your minds…

13 thoughts on “OPEN MIKE!

  1. Al Kaline is 82 years old now and he won’t be around Comerica Park forever to throw out ceremonial first pitches. He’s the only living Tigers HOF’er. Because of this one would think the Tigers would want to promote to the national baseball media as many fringe HOF’ers as possible (1.3,47) for a HOF endorsement. With so few numbers retired the Tigers won’t be running out of numbers anytime soon. Also, with 9 HOF’ers, the Tigers have the fewest among the Original Four American League franchises. They may have the fewest HOF’ers of all the original Major League franchises altogether. With 423,000 fewer tickets sold since 2014 and millions in lost revenue due to that, wouldn’t it be the perfect time to retire 1,3 and 47 in dignified separate ceremonies? And to be proactive to get the HOF attention and get the national media talking much like they are in the case of Edgar Martinez?

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  2. Tigers rank 12th out of 50 teams that have ever participated in the major leagues. Granted, the team shows no sign of changing its stance on promotion of the two “fringe” hopefuls from Tigers teams of the ’80s, but that’s now in the hands of special committees of the Hall of Fame, and it’ll be years before they qualify. Two from that era and two from the current team would boost the franchise from nine to 13, placing the franchise in the top ten. Wishful thinking?

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    • Yes,it is wishful thinking! Yzerman and Lidstrom did win more championships here in Detroit as Red Wings and got into the Hockey HOF on guaranteed first try’s. However, the Ilitch family was proactive and retired their numbers before they were inducted into their respective HOF. Under the same owners, why are Red Wing franchise players treated differently than historic Tigers franchise players? Fantasy Camp recognition, pics in the Tiger Club, Tigers clubhouse, the decade monuments in the Comerica concourse and more pics of 1,3,47 in the various front office hallways in Comerica Park (I’ve seen them) is not real and dignified recognition.

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      • Nick is arguably the best blue liner of all-time. He didn’t just play but excelled for 22 years and the all-time face of the franchise with Gordie Howe. Their number retirement meant nothing in terms of their certain HOF enshrinement. No 80’s era Tiger can be compared with these greats. Miggy may be in the same class once he’s done — but that’s it.

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  3. February approaches, and I’m positioned in the crows nest awaiting the Tigers arrival. I REALLY do feel this squad can be competitive and provide Tiger Nation a fun summer. IF. And it’s a HUGE if. If they can stay healthy. So in that vain, I soooo want to see some changes in routine, workouts, and devotion to body maintenance these next 2 months during the grapefruit season. Certainly not rocket science and even Admiral Brad should be able to make that happen. I’ll be watching and perhaps Holly, I, and others can report our observations bi-weekly during Feb/March.

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  4. As long as we’re talking about retiring numbers, how about 11 & 29 from the 68 team? Bill & Mickey both deserve to be in both the BBHOF as well as any Tigers HOF. (Yes I know 11 was already retired for Sparky).

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  5. Hi Deke. You’re absolutely right that no 80′ era Tigers can compare with the likes of the Wings’ players mentioned in my comment. Those players were going into the HOF on their first try. And rightfully so!Guys like Tram, Lou and Jack, and others in MLB in the same fringe HOF category could always use an extra nudge by their home franchise. Something the Ilitch family has never done for them. As for Miggy and Verlander, they won’t have to wait decades for their rightful and dignified recognition. However, 1,3and 47 keep waiting. This is so wrong on ownerships’ end….

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  6. Being the Tigers will again being paying the luxury tax, It appears that something has become twisted sideways knowing that they will be struggling to compete for a wild card slot. Dave Dombrowski left the team with a legacy of debt, while Al Avila seems stuck in the past, trying to pull the Tigers wagon out of the muck without the benefit of a blank check. The organization had a chance to obtain Terry Francona and blatantly whiffed on the opportunity. Are we looking at an organization that refuses to believe it’s time for a complete rebuild?

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  7. Jack simply doesn’t have the numbers. Lou and Tram are in the ballpark, so to speak, in terms of numbers. The fact they are by far the longest running keystone combo in MLB history–18 years!– should have put them over the top.

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    • I respectfully disagree. I`m talking two different positions on the field but if a catcher, Gary Carter, can get into the HOF with a .262 batting avg. then Jack Morris, a pitcher, ought to get into the HOF via one of the sub committees with a 3.90 e.r.a. Jack: 254-186 with a .577 win pct. 175 complete games, winningest pitcher of the 80s, 1 no-hitter, led league in wins 2x, 3x 20-game winner,17 or more wins 8x, 1 strikeout title, 2,478 k`s, 5x all-star, 4-0 in the `84 and `91 World Series, `91 W.S. MVP and pitched a 1-0 complete game shutout in game 7, 4x WS champion. Jack was grouchy with the press often. Gary smiled for the cameras and the media. Winning a championship in N.Y. certainly helped his cause.

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      • I agree that Jack is more deserving than Carter. And I wasn’t aware of that 8 times a 17-game-winner stat, which is impressive. But that 3.90 lifetime ERA is hard to swallow. That said, you make a better case than I thought possible.

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