It’s incredible to comprehend, but it’s here already! Lakeland will welcome a full complement of Tigers today for the first spring workout; while many of us will enjoy 60 degree temperatures back here in Michigan. Feels like baseball, doesn’t it?
Saturday’s segment is a day to touch on as many issues as possible. Let’s see what’s on the minds of our writers this week. They don’t share their Saturday topics and it’s only for the readers’ benefit. So, expect a wide array of thoughts.
There is a reason that seemingly everyone’s player to watch this spring is Jordan Zimmermann. It’s the camp’s worst kept secret, the seriousness of Jordan’s condition and the likelihood of him having another mountain of injury problems this season. Things can get pretty worrisome when one of your best pitchers must find a way to pitch knowing he can pinch a nerve in his neck at any time.
Whose grand idea was it to start this WBC extravaganza? Don’t we spend enough time worrying about our stars just emerging from spring training healthy? And who really pays attention to this competition; am I alone in my disinterest?
It wasn’t long ago that many viewed JV’s relationship with Kate Upton as a distraction; something that may have been a cause for the struggles he was having prior to last season. But questioning that was unfairly questioning his mental toughness. If there is one thing that never should have been scrutinized, it was JV’s razor sharp focus and work ethic.
If Jim Leyland advised JV not to pitch in the WBC, why didn’t he do the same for Michael Fulmer? Some analysts are concerned that Fulmer is ramping up his innings pitched too quickly given that he threw 40% more innings last year despite having his starts slowed down. The WBC requires an even earlier start to the year and will elevate his pitch count (if he does indeed pitch) even before he steps on the rubber for the Tigers, creating a valid concern over the long haul this year.
Speaking of Fulmer, there are those outside of the Tigers who want to protect his talent. With the news that another team’s pitcher fell through his roof as he tried to repair it, MLB commentators quickly pointed out Michael Fulmer’s off-season job as plumber. They said that the Tigers need to stop that work NOW because it is way too easy for him to injure an arm, hand or fingers in his line of work.
In a week where news articles are supposed to offer fluffy and uplifting stories as spring training starts, there have been a number of articles where the journalists are concerned about the health of certain players. It’s never good news when you read that Shane Greene still has symptoms of blood clots in his arm which make his fingers go cold or that it is still unclear whether Jordan Zimmermann is out of the woods with last season’s issues. The health and injury concerns have already started – and it’s not even March.
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If you haven’t checked out our site (@totallytigersbb) yet, here’s what you missed this week:
– The controversy surrounding Ian Kinsler’s ranking of the best 2Bers
– Proof that Miggy is considered by most to be one of the very top 1Bers
– How Daniel Norris is very similar to Michael Fulmer
– The Tigers’ placement within the 100 best prospects in baseball
– MLB’s rankings of each position and where each Tiger stands
– VMart still ranks as one of the very best despite his lack of running
– Why the Pirates handled their CF issue much better than the Tigers
– Personal thoughts directly from JV, Miggy and Ian Kinsler
– Pace of play updates
– Tigers ranking of best uniform hats
– The best quotes about Mr. I from those who knew him best
– And more! What are you waiting for??