QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDOS & CONCERNS

By:  Holly Horning & Kurt Snyder

After 33 games (17-16), the season is in full swing and plenty of storylines are playing out before our eyes during the first 6 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

COMMENT

Despite their repeated poor performances, Anibal Sanchez and KRod continue to be part of the Tigers’ roster. Taking into consideration that their performances have continued to decline given their history, loss of velocity and the natural ageing process, it is even more telling about what the organization is thinking by keeping them. These two are here to stay (unless they completely flat-line) because of a combination of salary, Chris Ilitch’s decisions, lack of depth in the minors/no viable replacements and what releasing 4 pitchers and $42 million in salary says about the organization and their bad business decisions.

KUDOS

To you, dear Totally Tigers readers. You have been the bomb over the past week with tons of thoughtful comments and long conversation threads spread over the week’s blogs. This is exactly what Kurt and I wanted for this site – a forum that encourages dialog especially among those with great thoughts but wanting to avoid the nastiness running rampant on the major established sites. It’s great to see our wish of having readers talk with each other instead of simply trying to talk to people. Thank you!

QUESTION

When was the last time the Tigers actually had real competition for roster spots and actual play? Competition is a really good thing and we can see players stepping up their game in order to win more playing time. McCann/Avila, Jones/Adduci/Collins, Collins/Mahtook, Romine/Machado and the ever-evolving sacrificial system known as the bullpen – which may never be fully resolved.


KURT

CONCERN

After missing the first 33 games of the season having injured his foot during spring training, the hope and frankly, the assumption, was that JD Martinez would be 100% when he returned. But the description of the status of his injury falls short for sure and is fairly disappointing. “Sore and achy” is not what we wanted to hear about his foot when JD returned to play.

KUDOS

All indications point to a future for Michael Fulmer that will inevitably anoint him as the ace of the staff. Certainly, as long as JV is around, he will have a lot to say about that, and looks to be nowhere close to giving up the throne. But Fulmer’s performance so far this season and of course last season’s Rookie of the Year campaign, bodes well for the Tigers as there is little question about who will lead this staff for many years to come; and who better to emulate than JV himself.

KUDOS

It’s been a great week for Jose Iglesias defensively, as game-after-game he has made all the plays. It’s been the kind of defense that has highlighted his quickness, both with his hands and his feet. Athletically, he is as good as it gets at the shortstop position, something the Tigers cannot take for granted when they determine his future beyond this season.

16 thoughts on “QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDOS & CONCERNS

  1. Rushing JD back could result in disaster if he gets re injured in this series. Plenty of others to fill Aducci’s spot. LGT!

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  2. The troubled,scared and worried look on JD’s face before the game as he sat waiting to play was scary.

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  3. For years the media types hyped the “competition” for the BP slots. Meanwhile, the fans knew we had 7 openings, and just hoped for 7 players decent enough to fill these positions.

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  4. I want to know what happened to the pathetic scout who didn’t scream at the top of his lungs ‘don’t sign pelfry , Lowe, Zimmerman and so on’. Anything less is negligence beond acceotence.

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  5. I love posting without worry someone will ridicule me because they disagree with my opinion. And Holly, thanks for the shoutout to all of us on this side of the keyboard! This remains my first stop every morning.

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    • You’re right, Herb. I continue to pinch myself because we have Totally Tigers to read each morning! The articles are thought provoking and the comments provide even more insight. A big thank you goes out to Holly & Kurt for a great blog.

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  6. Again last night, a collective groan went out across Tiger Land. A 50/50 team does not make for a contented fan base. Too many times I think to myself, “Oh no, not him again”. It’s like the horror-flick when you find yourself yelling “don’t go in to that haunted house!”. Those are the Zimm, KRod, and Sanchez feelings I get.

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    • Hi, Dave – Oh, but the “hacks” have found us. They just have nothing to post because verbal attacks, not cogent thoughts, are their only skill set. Keep the great discussions coming! – Holly

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    • The Knuckle-Draggers are at the gates but Holly and Kurt won’t let them in! Life here in “TT Land” is great!

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      • Hi, Sprocket – Actually, they do read us but none of them have attempted to post a comment. We’ll let anyone express themselves as long as they follow the rules set forth above the section to post and the Rules link. Just to clarify……. 🙂 – Holly

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  7. No kudos to Casty this week after all those errors he made. No All Star game for him this year. Nice to see Sanchy pitch again. Won’t be long before he pitches himself off this team.

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  8. Thanks Holly and Kurt…this site is so much better than the Det News comments section. I look forward to reading and writing comments every day.

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  9. “Bad luck” & “misfortune” are the cause of J.Z.’s woes. We’ve “never hit Shoemaker”. J.D. was “almost fully recovered”. No need to fret .. what a relief! Saturday’s shout-out brings smiles. TT is always a “soft place to land”. So thankful for the work you do & the content/context provided. Virtuoso’s extraordinaire!

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  10. I find myself rarely reading the local rag comments and rants anymore. TT seems to always provide realistic ideas and suggestion on how to navigate the Tigs through the summer! Having said that:
    Comment: TT would be surprised to learn how many “Outof Townes” are steady readers now!

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  11. Me too. I always read this first before going to the papers. Holly and Kurt are far better than the reporters. Plus the bloggers here are nearly as entertaining and insightful as they are. Thank you all for the the positive environment mentioned above.

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