QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDOS & CONCERNS

Holly Bio PicKurt Bio PictureBy:  Kurt Snyder & Holly Horning

Saturday’s segment is a day to touch on as many issues as possible.

It’s hard to imagine that pitchers and catchers will be headed to Lakeland soon. So there is much to contemplate as Spring Training nears.

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


KURT

COMMENT

I have an unpopular perspective on Hall of Fame eligible players presumed to be PED users. Some of the greatest players to have ever played the game are guilty of cheating their way to some lofty numbers and accomplishments. But we have travelled through many eras of baseball and we should not be ignoring these stars of the game who cheated, as if they didn’t exist; they still have their place in the Hall, as dark as that hall may be.

COMMENT

The Commissioner of Baseball continues to look for ways to shorten the game. It has to be much more difficult to have that lofty position during a time when it is so hard to please and keep the interest of today’s fan. Few fans still appreciate the value of the game within the game which mostly takes place between pitches, when ballparks are obliged to play music as if nothing is going on.

CONCERN

In evaluating new changes to the game to make it more appealing to a changing fan base, I might recommend a session of What Went Right and What Went Wrong. Is the Commissioner happier with the game now that most collisions at second base and home plate have been eliminated? At a time when it has never been more important to make the game more desirable to watch, removing excitement for fear of injury never seemed like the smartest of ideas in the interests of entertainment.


HOLLY

QUESTION

A recent analysis was done using a variety of measuring tools indicating that Victor Martinez is the worst baserunner in baseball. One of the biggest reveals is that VMart essentially can only run from one base to the next which helps, in part, to explain 2016’s significant differential between the team’s high overall batting stats and the middlin’ success they have in getting those runners in. Will this be the year that Brad moves Victor down in the batting order in order to boost the chances of scoring?

COMMENT

The World Baseball Classic is going to be a significant factor in fans’ decisions about traveling to spring training given that the US and Dominican Republic teams are the only teams of note playing in the US (Miami). If you want to see Miggy, Ian, KRod, Rondon, Leyland, Omar and VMart (along with a significant number of top players from other teams), they will be gone (almost a full month) save for a handful of days at the very beginning and very end of spring training. Sadly, one of several factors contributing to my decision not to go to Lakeland this March.

COMMENT

Former GMs in a round-table discussion all agreed that it is important for the team and manager to emphasize to their veteran players the importance of setting standards for the rest of the team. Younger and newer players look to the veterans to set the tone and emulate them in behavior and play. The former executives mentioned hustle, running out hits, mental fortitude, attending practices and work ethic are the biggest issues where veteran standards are most needed.


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15 thoughts on “QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDOS & CONCERNS

  1. Kurt….not for nothing, but why exactly do cheaters have a place in the Hall? I don’t get that. As far as I’m concerned, if you were a confirmed cheater in ANY way, you shouldn’t be in any Hall of Fame and none of your records should count. Why is that even being debated?

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    • Patrick – the game is what it is. Full disclosure. This is the way I look at it – that McGuire / Sosa duel was one of the most riveting seasons in the history of the game. Did finding out they cheated change anything? It stinks that they cheated, but it doesn’t erase the memories. I appreciate your comments. Thanks, Kurt

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  2. (sic) Holly’s comment on veteran role models: The point I’ve been trying to make for the past 3 years. So long as Miggy is too “special” to hustle out every play, the kids WON’T, and the Tigers will be a very talented LOSING team.

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  3. Kurt, EVERYONE was complicit in the PED era. MLB, owners, players, fans and the press. BB had no Bernstein and Woodward, and then the same men are the gatekeepers for the HOF. That is hypocritical. If you watched Sosa and McGuire in ’98, then you reap what you sow. On a lighter note, Holly, I am sorry I won’t see you in Lakeland.

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  4. Holly, my Question Is what motivated you to start this blog; my Comment is I’d like to see a picture of old Tiger Stadium on your masthead. I have only Kudo’s for you in this endeavor thus far and lastly, what are your Concerns going forward with Totally Tigers. Are you satisfied?

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    • Hi, Nick – How much time ‘ya got? 🙂 Way too much for this space so I would refer you to our first blogs as well as our Bios and Why Us? at the top of this page. As for TT, it’s always a process of growing the blog and balancing it with our families and careers. It’s never as fast as we like but we are moving forward and growing. Thanks for your well wishes! – Holly

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      • Holly, todays comments by you both were, IMO, some of your best thought-provoking ones to date! Wish I had more space to write. Please, keep up the good work.

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  5. Didn’t I read somewhere that ball players were introduced to amphetamines while serving in WWII and thus, “Speed” was introduced into MLB? How many of the records after 1945 were affected by those drugs? With that said, I still take pleasure in knowing that Babe Ruth did it all on hot dogs, beer, and sex.

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    • Maybe it would be risky to inquire, but we ought to be able to find out from interviewing old-timers whether speed (the drug not the skill) was widely used in the 50s and 60s. Class acts like Musial, Aaron, Clemente, and Koufax couldn’t have been cheaters, could they? Say it ain’t so.

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      • Speed doesn’t build muscle or improve hand-eye coordination. Seems as if nervousness, irritability, paranoia, confusion, and anxiety would actually outweigh the benefit of increased energy. In the immediate short-term even, unlike PEDs, whose adverse effects come generally much later.

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  6. The Yankees are putting in play areas in Yankee Stadium for kids and their parents to hang out and play while also keeping engaged with the game being played. Once again, baseball is bending over backward for the millenials because they`d rather stand, watch and socialize.

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  7. In the olden times of Ruth it was flappers, speakeasys and jazz. Became our sex, drugs, rock’n roll. All the same. Also the biggest changes for the younger crowds were peanut and hot dog venders. Plus Sunday baseball and beer in the stands.

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  8. Music is OK between innings. Ban it between pitches, except for Chief Wahoo’s bass drum. Still love that. Eliminating the batting glove and 6-10 seconds of adjustment between each pitch would help. The Tigers’ veterans setting an example of how to hustle? LOL

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