QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDOS & CONCERNS

By:  Holly Horning & Kurt Snyder

After 60 games (29-31), there are plenty of storylines playing out 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 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

QUESTION

With the rumors that the Tigers are approaching sell mode, is the decision really as simple as the local media paints it? Even if you disregard the questions about how viable the team is and whether they could have any success in the playoffs should they advance, any trade-off, especially before the deadline, would signal to fans that management doesn’t believe the team is a contender. And by killing their hopes, they would also be killing attendance and revenue figures which are crucial towards paying that sky-high payroll.

CONCERN

The failure to bench or even discipline Nick (and I’m stickin’ with that name) Castellanos by Brad Ausmus goes beyond the concern about reckless behavior and the potential injury to Miguel Cabrera. It appears there is no visible system of accountability in place for this team. And given that there have been too many games riddled with sloppy running, defense and pitching, it now appears highly unlikely that players are never called out for this poor level of play by their manager – which will only lead to more games like these.

COMMENT

David Price is sure paying the price in Boston and has expressed his unhappiness with the media and fans while also avoiding questions about his relationship with other teammates. Much of this obviously due to his immense long-term contract, injury and failure to live up to pitching expectations. This must be quite a shock to him after his days in Detroit with some of the best fans and softest media to one in which those who follow baseball pull no punches.


KURT

COMMENT

I watched a demoralized Miguel Cabrera drag himself back to the dugout at Fenway Friday night. After taking a third strike down the middle of the plate, he appeared to be a defeated hitter. It’s a look we haven’t seen from him, and something that was kind of lost in another difficult defeat; one where Miggy struck out 4 times.

COMMENT

After a difficult May and plenty of complaining about the schedule, June has been billed as the month where the Tigers should get on a roll. Why anyone sees any kind of roll coming having watched this team, is beyond me. After winning the first 3 games of the month, they have lost 3 of 4; results that have come with absolutely zero surprise.

CONCERN

Verlander-Sale has been a classic matchup over the years. Today, we will get another opportunity to watch them compete against each other, this time at Sale’s new home in Boston. However my only thought going into the normally competitive duel is whether the Tigers have allowed Verlander to dictate his return following the groin issue in his last start; allowing him to pitch at anything less than 100% with the injury still present would be classic Tigers.

13 thoughts on “QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, KUDOS & CONCERNS

  1. How do you inspire and lead a team that is so hot and cold? There are moments when the team gels and shows a distinct doggedness for outplaying the other team. But following those streaks of enthusiasm, they deconstruct into a collection of players appearing to accept the inevitable. They still have great talent, but not enough selfless team leadership.

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  2. Did anyone out there see or hear anything from Brad regarding Nick’s helmet-throwing incident? I missed the post-game show so I don’t know if he said anything then. It be-fuddles me why someone wouldn’t have stuck a microphone in his face and asked him about it. Did I miss something?

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  3. Holly- it was reported that Brad talked to Nicholas after the game , just not in front of a tv camera . He responded by hitting a home run first time up. We can’t criticize players for showing no emotion and then criticize them for showing emotion. Players break bats and water coolers all the time. This time his helmet took a bad bounce .

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    • Hi, Rick – Talking is one thing but disciplining is another. And I certainly wouldn’t expect Brad to air it on tv. I give him credit for being professional all the time. But I gotta put Nick in the penalty box for not understanding Remedial Ricochet 101. Thanks for keeping the dialog going! – Holly

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    • Normally though, the player throws bats and breaks things when they have under-peformed, not when they are in a rage at the manager. That’s how I took Nick’s outburst. Brad didn’t even look at him when he came into the dugout. I took what he did as being solely directed at Brad, and Brad seemed to know it.

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  4. I agree that there is no team discipline/leadership on the Tigers. Castellanos’s attitude is terrible, and he gets away with it. Cabrera does what he wants on the basepaths and in his conditioning without a word that I know of, Verlander makes all the decisions about his pitching rather than management, etc. Change needs to start by replacing the weak management.

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  5. Question:Tigers season is over so How does AA put some butts in seats the remainder of season? Comment: Fire Ausmus, trade JD (for a start CF and prospect) and Al Jr. asap! Concern: Mrs I and son will really throw in the towel! Tiger Baseball is key component to keeping the Detroit revitalization on the upswing.

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  6. Boo-hoo on David Price! I bet the Cardinals are thanking their lucky stars he didn’t sign with them! He had to have known the scrutiny that would’ve come with that contract and playing in Boston. Some players can’t hack it playing in the Northeast. The jury is still out on whether he will make it in Boston but if this is a small sample size on what’s to come, then….

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  7. Tigers under sparky-monihgan always got spar players I liked from other teams. Lemon, Grubb and Tanana to name three. Under I llich they always got what I considered , before they got them,other teams Garbage players, Renteria, Peralta,prince fielder,delmon young. So on. The future looks bleek.

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  8. Tigers line-up: Cabrera, jd Martinez, j-up, (Nick or v-mart, depending who’s hot). The rest is why we are losing! I don’t need to explain why Cabrera numbers are down because v-mart is why he’s pitched hard.

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