By: Kurt Snyder & Holly Horning
After 54 games (26-28), there are plenty of storylines playing out before our eyes as we head into the summer months of 2017.
Saturday’s segment is a day to touch on as many issues as possible. Let’s see what Kurt and Holly 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.
I’m really not sure why Dave Clark bothers to give Miguel Cabrera any sign at all when he is coming around third; Miggy always seems to ignore him. I don’t know if it’s disrespect or arrogance or both. But Miggy plays his own game, and it looks bad on Brad and his coaches when their best player appears to disrespect them and their ability to make decisions.
John Hicks should never see Toledo again. This guy adds an intangible to the team that injects energy when he is in the lineup. When James McCann returns, the team will have a decision to make, because Hicks and his big bat are desperately needed off the bench; he is one of those examples of unexpected production from unexpected sources that every team needs.
Congrats to Miggy Cabrera on eclipsing the 1,000 career extra-base hit mark. It’s one more notch on the belt for the future Hall of Famer. The success of the team generally revolves around Miggy who brings an energy that helps drive the ship when he is hitting well; we just need the ship to stop at third every once in a while when the stop sign goes up.
The Tigers habitually have ranked at or near the bottom of baserunning in MLB for a number of years now. But while most focus on how slow many of the players are – especially VMart – it just may really be more about bad baserunning and not caring to up their game giving the rash of being doubled off, picked off and not hustling. Even Ian Kinsler was taken to task for “loafing” around first base and called out by Rod Allen who said he could have easily been standing on second, not first.
Weeks ago, I noticed how Jose Iglesias’ social media profile had taken a huge jump after signing with Marc Anthony and became concerned that too much time was being devoted to developing his brand instead of focusing on baseball. Not everything he posts is baseball-related and it appears that he may also be testing the music industry waters. Now, the media is asking the same questions, especially given his prolonged slump at the plate.
To Shane Greene for markedly improving his game and giving full credit to two friends, who don’t play baseball, for finding the solution. It is rather remarkable that 11 other pitchers, 2 pitching coaches, a manager and state-of-the-art video technology, combined with analytic programs couldn’t find it. It’s also rather disconcerting….