By: Holly Horning & Kurt Snyder
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.
The media may be guilty of a lot of things, but any blame made by the players concerning trade rumors should be aimed directly at Al Avila instead. He was the one who opened up the can of trade worms last year and resurrected the issue this year, prompting the media to do their due diligence in reporting. Say what you will about Dave Dombrowski, but he never, ever showed his hand on any potential trades until the papers were signed.
Miguel Cabrera held a players-only meeting to see how the team can perform better, but only 4 others – Upton, Iggy, Kinsler and Avila – attended. One would think that if players really cared about winning, more of them would have showed up. And Ausmus, not a fan of clubhouse meetings, learned about the meeting, not from the players or organization, but from the media.
In a season in which there is little to cheer, it is refreshing to see Justin Upton settle in nicely and get the assumed massive contract pressure monkey off his back. He’s performing better and more consistently both at the plate and in the field – and made 2 great catches with 1 hit in the All-Star game. One of the few players who doesn’t make excuses, his interviews demonstrate that he is a thoughtful and authentic man.
Justin Upton did Detroit proud in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night, with a hit and a couple of web gems. JUp, in year 2 with the Tigers, is giving the Tigers what they hoped they would get when they signed him. Now it is up to him to decide if he wants to continue to call Detroit home after this season.
Theo Epstein’s transformation of the Chicago Cubs into a World Series champion was nothing short of remarkable. Now after a disappointing first half of 2017, the Cubs are hard-pressed to even make the playoffs in October. I may be in the minority on this one, but after winning a World Championship, the Cubs would have been better served to save their top 2 highly-touted minor league chips, instead of supporting what is becoming a rather impressive restocking of the cross-town rival White Sox; the last thing the Cubbies need to be this year is desperate.
During the spring, I mentioned how I was just a little jealous of the White Sox and the haul they had received from both the Red Sox and Nationals. With a handful of top shelf prospects received in deals for Chris Sale and Adam Eaton and now another impressive haul from the Cubs for Jose Quintana, I still stand by my jealousy. Watch out for the Sox in the coming years, especially now that ex-Tiger and now All-Star, Avisail Garcia, has finally begun to realize the potential that was foreseen when we used to call him Little Miggy as a Tiger.