QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDOS & CONCERNS

By:  Holly Horning & Kurt Snyder

After 47 games (22-25), there are plenty of storylines playing out before our eyes as we approach Memorial Day and head into the summer months.

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

With the increasing disappointment in the team’s underperformance and visible arguing with players, John Farrell’s job as manager of the Red Sox is in jeopardy. This has led analysts to speculate on who would replace Farrell, but one of them has clearly been living under a rock for the past 4 years. He said that Dave Dombrowski, having a team in “win-now” mode coupled with one of MLB’s highest payrolls, would never hire a rookie manager.

CONCERN

A couple of players in hitting funks is usually to be expected, however when most of your starting lineup is in one, and an extended one, it’s time to start looking for the root cause with one-third of the season already played. The team ranks next-to-last in the AL in batting average, hits, and slugging percentage…12th out of 15 in HRs and runs…and one of the leaders in strikeouts. A good place to start is with Lloyd McClendon.

KUDOS

(File this under “You sometimes find the best information in the most unexpected places.”) In an interview during his participation in Dancing with the Stars (ok, yes, I watch it and not ashamed to admit it), Cubs’ David Ross described his evolution from baseball’s bad boy to one of MLB’s most beloved players (and hero of the 2016 World Series) and gave full credit to Theo Epstein, his boss with both the Red Sox and the Cubs. He said that Theo saw his potential and a long sit-down talk between the two in Boston motivated Ross to change course so he could reach his full potential – and the rest is history.


KURT

COMMENT

It looks like Dave Clark is at it again. Wouldn’t you much rather have him take a risk sending someone home with actual speed than the likes of Miguel Cabrera? Besides setting him up for a potential injury at the plate in a close play, the only real question was if it would even be close at all; which it wasn’t and certainly no surprise to anyone.

CONCERN

Who has been more of a disappointment this season than Nick Castellanos? Offensively, he has regressed. Defensively he has regressed, and I am now questioning the concentration level of just another Tiger, which seems to be going around.

CONCERN

Since Tiger management has clearly put this team on cruise control, how can fans follow this season with any kind of enthusiasm? Secondly, how enthusiastic can the players be? This is a lame duck team waiting to be dismantled and we are only left with the anticipation of what may happen at the trade deadline – am I alone in that regard?

16 thoughts on “QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDOS & CONCERNS

  1. Just read Brad’s comments after last night’s loss in Chicago. I really do believe this whole team’s Karma emanates from Brad Ausmus. Simply no fire in the belly of anyone. Has anybody seen the TV ratings lately for the Tiger games?

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    • That right there is my biggest complaint about Ausmus; his apparent inability to be emotional…ever. Coupled w/ his tendencies to either make excuses (schedule, injuries, the other guy just “had it” tonight, etc.) or to always proclaim it’s “only one game” after every loss (no matter when it occurred or the opponent or the stage of the season), he’s become utterly intolerable

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  2. no kurt – you are not alone . I am 16 working days from retirement … you think I’m motivated to perform on the same level I did, say, 10 or even 5 years ago? In my position now I feel what my true love Tigers must be feeling …. anticipation. thanks to both of you for our morning’s start !

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    • Congratulations on your impending retirement Dace. My last day at work was three years ago today and I know how you feel. May you have many years ahead of you.

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  3. Please Kurt that’s Nickolas, his ego does not match his performance and apparently he like many doesn’t seem to care.

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  4. You are exactly on point Kurt. This whole season hung in the balance on the team playing at least 500 ball early on. In my mind, this road trip with mounting lossses is now the signal that the team has shifted into auto pilot and is just going through the motions. Dave Clark and Lloyd are just the tip of the totally inept iceberg that coaches this team.

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  5. I think this team’s only chance to truly become contenders again is to have brand new leadership starting with the owners. Since the chance of that happening is very doubtful, we’d all better learn to appreciate mediocrity at best.

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  6. But Holly, we are just starting to see the fruits of the newly implemented Tiger Wayisms. The Tigers remind me of an old bear in hibernation. You look at him and wonder when he will wake up.

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  7. Kurt’s last observation really hit home with me. I find I do not enjoy watching this team, and for the first time in well over a decade, I really think I’ll stop following them with great interest. If I want to get depressed, I can just watch the news.

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    • I feel the same opus131. I watched Michael Fulmer pitch a complete game today with ZERO run support. What happened to winning for Mr I ??

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  8. Ownership doesn’t give a damn – team is unofficially for sale and Chris Illitch is just waiting for a great offer he’ll never get.

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  9. Kudos to former Tiger Ed Mierkowicz for a life well-lived. He passed away almost a week and a half ago at age 93. He was the last surviving member of the ’45 World Champions who finally saw some WS action by playing left field in the bottom of the 9th inning in the 7th game with the Tigers up 9-3. According to published accounts, he still had his WS ring.

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  10. Grew up in Lincoln park. My father was good freinds with Ray Boone and Bunning. My sister was babysitter to Rays kids in the fifties. Not my memories but thiers. They loved them all. Sometimes it is a small world. My best to Jim Bunnings family.

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  11. Who’s been more of a disappointment than Castellanos? That’s a very easy question and the answer is Miguel Cabrera. Almost 2 months into the season and not even hitting .260 and just 18 RBI. Totally unacceptable. When will the velvet glove media shine a light on this?

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