QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDOS & CONCERNS

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.


KURT

COMMENT

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.

COMMENT

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.

KUDOS

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.


HOLLY

COMMENT

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.

CONCERN

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.

KUDOS

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….

12 thoughts on “QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDOS & CONCERNS

  1. Last night Nick C got caught after hitting a double and not paying attention. Then JD hit a ball to deep right and trotted to first watching his “homerun”–but it wasn’t. He barely made it to 3rd. An inside the park home run was possible if he had been hustling. (They say Stan Musial never watched the ball as he left the box–no wonder he got so many extra base hits!)

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  2. That Shane Greene’s friends had to coach him says all that needs to be said about Ausmus and his band of coaches. The number of injuries, and the fact that every time one of the loafers has to hustle he gets hurt, says all that needs to be said about the trainers.

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  3. Yes, Miggy ran through a stop sign by Dave Clark. It’s worth nothing however he was running full out when he hit the bag at third. The only way he could have stopped anywhere near third would have been to slide. It wasn’t destined to happen. Big men don’t put on the brakes that easily.

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    • Henry, ideally, the stop sign is given with enough time for the runner to react. If not, turn the corner and anticipate a red or green light. Stop sign goes up, turn around and go back to 3rd. But yes, once the big guys get going, look out, there’s often no turning back.

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    • I would have to believe the reason he was running full out when he hit third was because he had already made up his mind to ignore Clark again. I remember when my parents would admonish me for doing something by saying, “what if everybody did it”.

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  4. When Miggy blew by Dave Clark’s stop sign last night I switched to another channel and never went back. By allowing a Special Class of Player, management is hurting Team Chemistry. Is Miggy “too big to fail?”. Did Brad even walk over to him and question his judgement? He knows he is untouchable and that bothers me.

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  5. Kudos to Jack Morris for participating in “Alumni Saturday’s” at Comerica today and will participate in a Q and A session with fans before the game. I hope some fan asks him if he finds it odd that the Tigers have yet to retire his number as a beginning for a way-belated Hall of Fame push.

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  6. Not much to say today for me. Kurt, Holly, and all the posters have made good points, and I enjoyed the read. As always, I will check in again tonight to read the new comments.

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  7. Well since you both chose to “comment” on the same general topic, poor base running, lack of hustle and arrogance, that is where I’ll also focus my two cents. It is said that the Tiger squad “likes” BA, If one watches carefully, you’ll notice most ignore him or pause briefly for a fist bump or slap on the rump. Why wouldn’t you like a guy who NEVER chews you out or gets in your grill?

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    • Like vs respect is a big difference. I find that my middle school son “likes” teachers who let him have fun and get away with things. Sparky, Chuck Daly, Scottie Bowman, and Larry Brown. I don’t remember “like” being used but “respected” was. Tigers players used to refer to Jim Leyland as skip… now it’s just Brad.

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  8. I saw Toledo play last year. To my surprise, Hicks was by far the most impressive player, actually the only good player–I had no idea who he was. When McCann comes back, the Tigers should showcase him, hope he hits a little, and trade him.

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  9. Excellent topic you two, I’ve watched almost every game this season. I’m 63 years old and I love my Tigers, but I don’t like what I see on the field and the lack of effort. I totally agree with whoever asked if Brad even went over and discussed the missed third base sign by Miggy with him .

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