By: Holly Horning & Kurt Snyder
After 28 games (15-13), the season is in full swing and plenty of storylines are playing out before our eyes during the first weeks of 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.
While off to a memorable start, JaCoby Jones struggled to hit for the 10 games prior to being hit in the face and going on the DL. The Tigers made the best decision in delaying his return, especially with the usually-difficult West Coast trip. Keeping him in Toledo will help him re-assimilate, get his swing and confidence back – as well as help him recover mentally from the after-effects usually created by a beaning.
SHAME (a new category just for today)
I don’t believe one word uttered by the Boston Red Sox regarding their “unawareness” of the racial slurs uttered by fans to Adam Jones last week. In January, David Price did an interview where he was the first to openly accuse fans of racial attacks, but “retracted” the story several days later saying he was “mistaken.” It took someone who was not employed by the Red Sox (Jones) to make it nationally public and since then, many more ballplayers have come out about their similar experiences at Fenway Park – and not just this year.
Just because Jose Iglesias dropped Scott Boras for Marc Anthony as his agent, don’t think it will make re-signing him any easier. Since he switched agencies, Iggy is now being featured quite prominently throughout social media several times a day. Pictures and video of Iggy showboating with his glove, looking pensive with deep-thinking quotes and singing show that there are intentions of taking him to a wider audience, bigger market – and a bigger paycheck.
Anytime the word ‘journeyman’ is placed in front of your name, it typically has a negative connotation for a player who has jumped around from team to team, mostly based on inconsistent performance that doesn’t allow them to take root in the Major Leagues. Jim Adduci, who played most recently in Korea before joining the Tigers, has been a huge addition for the team since he was called upon to shore up the depleted outfield. The much-needed lefty bat has been a godsend as the team is beginning to add some depth at the position.
The beanball incidents between Boston and Baltimore reached a level of silliness that I would just prefer see end once and for all. The play that set it off where Dustin Pedroia was spiked by a sliding Manny Machado was not only clearly unintentional, but a poor excuse to begin the kind of running feud that continued from city to city. The irony of it all was that the 2 players who were involved in it to start with were the only 2 who didn’t make it an issue; it was a situation that was absurd, pointless and embarrassing.
The introduction of the new 10-day disabled list can be viewed both positively and negatively. On one hand, it gives teams an opportunity to sit a player nursing an injury without being forced to keep them out longer than they require. But, on the other hand, for teams with the reputation of bringing players back too soon from injury, the 10-day DL only supports their reckless habits.