QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDOS, CONCERNS (AND SHAME)?

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.


HOLLY

KUDOS

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.

COMMENT

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.


KURT

KUDOS

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.

CONCERN

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.

COMMENT

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.

23 thoughts on “QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDOS, CONCERNS (AND SHAME)?

  1. Oh, of course they were aware of the slurs hurled at Jones. Ownership and management is also aware of the notoriously racist past of the Red Sox(unwillingness to sign Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays.) A quick Google search also shows how fans hurled slurs at their own players in Tommy Harper and George Scott, just to name a few.

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  2. I would like to see those fans who are caught with irrefutable evidence throwing racial slurs banned from all major league ballparks for life. No exceptions. In surfing the net it appears the AL has 15% more beanballs than the NL. The big argument is why.

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    • How can a ban be enforced? Especially when a person can lose/gain weight, shave their head/grow hair, grow a beard/mustache, etc and can walk up and pay cash for a ticket? Also, if this incident happened in Milwaukee or Tampa Bay, would this have gotten as much media attention?

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      • We don’t catch all of the drug dealers but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. I would like to think the incident would have gotten as much attention if it happened at a minor league game in Grand Rapids.

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    • Why? Could it be because pitchers don’t have to bat in the American League and thus, don’t have to face retribution for their “dirty deeds.” National League pitchers face retribution every day because they have to bat. Time to eliminated the DH and make everything equal and fair again.

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      • Personally, I like the DH. I’d much rather see VMart hit than Jordan Zimmerman. If they are going to eliminate it, it will have to be announced several years before it is enacted, to allow for teams with long term contracts with DH’s.

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  3. Question: Any thoughts on what will/should happen to Aducci when Jones returns? Brad said he doesn’t have to make a decision right now so he doesn’t have to worry about it.

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  4. Use racial slurs at a sporting event, you’ll be ejected and rightfully so. However, the TV, movie and especially the rap/hip hop industry get a free pass and it’s tolerated. Double-standards are sickening.

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    • Calling a specific person a vile derogatory name is very different than using that same word in a song or a poem. I heartily despised hip hop until my teen-aged son forced me to listen to it more carefully. Certainly, a lot of it is garbage–just like any mass-market art form. But there is much of value as well.

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  5. Jacoby Jones need much more time in the minors to develop his hitting. There’s no room for racial slurs and hate talk in major league ballparks. How ’bout throwing the violators out of the park when caught. Iggy is a good player, but his showboating and attitude reduce his value to the team.

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  6. I’m “tighter” than you handing out Kudos for the Jones decision Holly. Tiger brass had it easy with his reassignment to a Toledo. Getting hit in the face is a situation that demands some psychological repair time. They are presently playing with fire with Miggy and perhaps soon Kinsler and JD too??

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  7. I recently read an article attributing Eric Thames (Brewers) super start to his several years facing predominately off-speed pitches in the Korean League. It may be that Aducci benefited from the same Korean experience.

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  8. agree with leaving Jones in Toledo for the time being since Aducci so far as been capable as a fill in (not to mention hitting better than Jones) if anyone should go down it’s the guy they got from Tampa Mahtook (probably spelled that wrong)….still guessing JD goes at the trade deadline

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    • Machado isn’t playing at all. The writing has to be on the wall. At this point no one would claim him and romine is a capable utility infielder

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