QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDO & CONCERNS

By:  Holly Horning & Kurt Snyder

After 22 games (11-11), the season is in full swing and plenty of storylines are playing out before our eyes during the first weeks of regular season play.

Saturday’s segment is a day to touch on as many issues as possible. Let’s see what Holly and Kurt have on their minds this week. They don’t share their Saturday topics and it’s only for the readers’ benefit. So, expect a wide array of thoughts.


HOLLY

CONCERN

In a radio interview earlier in the week, Al Avila was asked about Brad’s best qualities as a manager. He came up with exactly one – (sic) “always stays calm and never gets upset” as we saw during last weekend’s incident with Jones getting injured, Boyd getting ejected and benches clearing. What’s really concerning is that there was no mention of the skills that actually win games – like strategy, flexibility, or adapting to game situations.

KUDOS

Being a utility player gets no love and little understanding but where would the Tigers be without Andrew Romine? Named by some national media this week as the Tigers’ most athletic player, the man has earned his weight in gold by molding himself into any position or need created by injuries and lack of depth. And to “up” his hitting game because he wanted to make a bigger difference is even more value added.

CONCERN

The Tigers have been very sloppy in the field this year with the frequency of their gaffes gaining speed. A program recently on “clean play” discussed how errors don’t tell the complete story and every team needs to practice it if they want to win consistently. The analysts (including some Gold Glove winners) also said it is primarily the manager’s responsibility to ensure that “clean play” principles are preached, practiced and enforced.


KURT

COMMENT

I have been borderline insulted since the day Brad said it. When faced with questions about a very worrisome situation with our closer, Brad felt that people finding fault in KRod’s performance had “short memories.” Sorry, but in evaluating his current ineffectiveness, I find no value in considering that he used to be good. My memory is just fine and I realize that KRod has had a great career, but this part of his career is approaching the end for a reason.

KUDOS

We scratched our heads during the off-season as countless free agents were brought in to fill our minor league system. But it’s been refreshing to have 2 ‘veterans’ come up and contribute. Chris Ilitch is happy with the young guys (Jim Adduci, 31 and John Hicks, 27) but may want to check their birth certificates before considering them the next diaper dandies.

CONCERN

Are you getting tired of beating on the annual disappointments in the bullpen? Well, there is always the lousy defense to fall back on! Since the nightmare in Tampa, the Tigers only wish they could still blame a roof on their continuing troubles. But among others, ‘Nick’ Castellanos only has his glove to blame for 3, count them, 3 errors Friday night, in an ugly loss to the ChiSox.

7 thoughts on “QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDO & CONCERNS

  1. Sorry, I don’t think the team would lose much if Romine was released tomorrow. He’s a decent utility player, but a utility player nonetheless, and they are a dime a dozen. He should not be starting on a contending team. If he is, your team has a serious depth problem.

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  2. Holly, I would add the word “again” before this year in you concern statement. They just don’t seem to be able to or want to be focused.

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  3. There were at least 2 major coaching mistakes Friday that could have affected the outcome, despite the terrible defense in the 1st and 8th innings that killed rallies. I presume that Ausmus made these decisions.This happens too often.

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  4. Brad’s admonishment went beyond “short memories” re: K-Rod. We’re not patient. He’s “hesitant to rush to judgment”, so I guess we better zip it. The rest of the mess? “Tomorrow is a brand-new day” & “everyone can be a Monday morning quarterback, you know?” So there’s that.

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  5. They used to praise Chuck Tanner as a manager for his serenity as well. He calmly presided over a White Sox team that was torn to shreds by Dick Allen’s sociopathy and then a Pirates team that collapsed due to a cocaine crisis. I have an image of a general calmly leading his army through a lethal hail of bullets and not changing course.

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  6. Exactly right Holly. Sloppy play needs to be fixed and that isn’t going to happe with Ausmus in the Managers seat. .500 seems where The Tigers are headed. If April’s the preview of more of the same for Juneand July. I look for the AA garage Sale come the trading line.

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