HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 It’s hard to believe that another year of Totally Tigers is in the books.  Our New Year message is not unlike previous years.  We truly are thankful for the readership we have developed and we are appreciative of those who have made us a part of their everyday routines.

We will be here as long as you want us to be!  We will continue to strive for different ways to capture your attention, ask more questions and hopefully help you realize angles to stories you hadn’t considered.

This has been a project that has been molded from an idea into an absolute joy, where we join with our readers to produce a site that inspires thinking and long-term discussion.

As topsy-turvy as the Tiger road has been, we love following every minute. We have the bug. And it’s quite evident that our readers do as well.

Thanks for hanging with us. It’s still our goal to turn this into something big. But readership is the only way to get there. So we thank you for bringing us this far – and ask you to continue to spread the word.

We could not have come this far without you. Have a great New Year, everyone!

Holly & Kurt

CUBS AND CATS

On this holiday weekend, please enjoy a blog originally published earlier this month.

To our many readers, thank you for your continued readership and thoughtful comments. Have a most Happy New Year!

Totally Tigers

By:  Holly Horning

I listened to an interesting interview on MLB Radio the other day from an author who wrote an extensive history of the Chicago Cubs but not in the traditional sense. It was about the many years of losing, the culture, the finances and the many other aspects of the organization that contributed to their historical record.

And the more I listened to him talk about why the team, one of baseball’s oldest, had won so few World Series titles, the easier it became to simply change the name of that team to the Detroit Tigers.

The two teams have operated very similarly over the decades and have gotten very similar results. And when you hear the factors involved, you know it’s not a coincidence.

The bigger premise of the book is that the organization, and especially the owners, are the ones who determine the fate and success…

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NOTABLE NEWS

As we get closer to the New Year, it’s a great time to continue to involve you, the reader, as much as we can before we get cranked up for what should be an interesting year of transition.

So, today, in keeping with the off-season Notable News Saturday format, Kurt and Holly would like readers to share what you have learned about the game since the last pitch of the Series was thrown.

It’s been a different off-season, and we’re looking forward to seeing what has grabbed your attention.  So here is our question we have for you.


What has been the most important event or trend in all of baseball (not just the Tigers) during this off-season so far?

Comment parameters will be expanded to a maximum of 8 sentences.


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OPEN MIKE!

microphoneIt’s Friday folks, which means it’s your day! This is the day for you to be heard. Today is the one day during the month (normally) where you get the opportunity to comment on the Tiger topic of your choosing.

This is the one day of the week where we open up the comment parameters for you, so you can really get those juices flowing. Comments on THIS DAY ONLY can be expanded to a maximum of 8 sentences.  So, pick a topic and let us hear from you. What’s on your minds?


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DAD’S MEMORY FIRMLY GROUNDED AT THE CORNER

By:  Kurt Snyder

So, Christmas for the Snyder Family was big this year. Really big!

My parents, deep in their hearts, always wanted us to be together. They enjoyed when the family gathered for special events and occasions or for no reason at all other than to see each other.

And we proved to them often that we genuinely enjoyed spending time with each other. But without my parents’ persistent desire to get together, who knows what we would have done when they were gone.

Now that they are, it has been our goal as sons and daughters to continue to do what they loved, gathering and enjoying time with each other.

And on Christmas Eve, Mom and Dad had to be smiling from above. All 34 family members, right down to their 12 great-grandchildren, were present. Not a single person from the Snyder clan was anywhere else that night. It was heart-warming.

I feel lucky to have such a close family, one that actually enjoys getting together; and we all clearly understand, respect and cherish what we have, knowing full well how rare it is.

Since my parents have been gone, my brother Kent seems to always come up with a gift for all 4 sons, to keep Mom and Dad in our thoughts. One highlight was the development of a family crest. It clearly illustrates what drives us, what is important to us and the principles upon which our family was built.

My dad, Ralph Snyder, along with my mother Jeanette, held true to their values and made them prominent in our lives. Faith, family and of course, baseball, together formed a solid foundation.

We are truly a very grounded family. But don’t misunderstand the intent, it is not to boast, but to share the pride I have for my parents, my brothers and our extended family.

Again, thanks to my brother, Kent, all 4 boys are now proud owners of replica bricks of the one that will honor our Dad outside the Police Athletic Club HQ and the Willie Horton Field of Dreams; the site where Tiger Stadium used to stand.

For 23 years, Dad drove down to the corner of Michigan and Trumbull, where he worked tirelessly as Stadium Manager of the Old Girl. Every day, he wanted to be able to look out on that field and look around that park and be proud of what he saw.

And what did he love most? When we came down to see him, to gather, to spend time together, to watch the Tigers on his field.

When they built Comerica Park, they also sold bricks for people to purchase as remembrances, something they could see when they attended a game.

But a brick for my Dad did not belong at Comerica Park. It needed to be where the Old Girl once stood. Soon, people will gather to see their bricks there, to share stories and to remember.

Sounds like another reason for a family gathering, the way Mom and Dad would want it.


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THE GIFT-GIVING SEASON

By:  Holly Horning

Last week, we gave out gifts to select Tigers and others within the baseball world. If you didn’t catch the list….

https://totallytigers.wordpress.com/2017/12/19/kudos-or-coal/

But what about us? Hey, we’re deserving, too! Especially after this last baseball season……

Here’s the chance for 8 Tigers and 2 others to complete their holiday lists. And I’m going to help them by sharing gift-giving ideas.


So what can each of the following people give us fans that will make us happy in 2018?

1. Chris Ilitch – A statement of owner commitment and team direction. Any statement. A solid clue. And not a general statement crafted by the legal department.

2. Al Avila – Silence. We don’t wanna know his every thought, especially when it pertains to trading players.

3. Victor Martinez – An apology. Saying fans are rude and unappreciative when you have been the most disruptive force in your clubhouse is just cray-cray.

4. Miguel Cabrera – The old Miggy. The smiling, engaging one who used to be known as the best hitter in baseball.

5. Jordan Zimmermann – Finding the world’s best chiropractor. (And ignoring any medical advice that comes from the Tigers.)

6. Nick Castellanos – Making MLB TV’s list of best defensive plays of the week.

7. Local Media – Asking the tough questions, writing the honest truth and reporting what they see instead of keeping it secret for 2+ years.

8. Tiger Fans – Prioritizing accountability and answers over loyalty, especially when it comes to the pace and direction of a rebuild.

9. Ron Gardenhire – Introducing sound, fundamental baseball that is a pleasure to watch.

10. Michael Fulmer – Staying in a uniform that sports the Olde English D.


Happy New Year, everyone! We look forward to your continued readership and insightful comments in 2018!


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NOTABLE NEWS

microphoneOk people, this is our gift to you!  Something we have never before offered.  As we head into the holiday,  we would like to turn over the reins to you, the reader, for the whole weekend!

We would like you to comment on what you believe was the most notable baseball news over the last weekIt doesn’t have to be just about the Tigers, just whatever grabbed your attention.  And the best part, you will get 3 full days to comment, beginning Saturday.

Meanwhile, we will observe and respond when the mood hits us.  We’re looking forward to seeing what moves the needle for you.

Comment parameters will be expanded to a maximum of 8 sentences.

Have fun and Happy Holidays!


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OPEN MIKE!

microphoneIt’s Friday folks, which means it’s your day! This is another day for you to be heard. Today, with the Holidays upon us, we are offering you another opportunity to comment on the Tiger topic of your choosing.

This is the one day of the week where we open up the comment parameters for you, so you can really get those juices flowing. Comments on THIS DAY ONLY can be expanded to a maximum of 8 sentences.  So, pick a topic and let us hear from you. We know there’s a lot on your minds…


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PASS THE CHEESE BALLS – ANOTHER YULE LOG BLOG

By:  Kurt Snyder

Hey people – can’t you tell when the Totally Tigers writing staff is winding down for the holidays?

Everything gets a little bit cornier, the closer we get to the Christmas season. And I am here to tell you, I’m not veering from that uber-successful format.


So, let’s play a game, shall we? We are going to make this quick, because it’s Christmas time and I am playing Santa this year, so guess who must brush up on his Ho-Ho-Ho’s?

Imagine we have a starting lineup settled for 2018. Imagine they were all Christmas gifts when they became Tigers. Who would you keep and who would you return?

Got it? Ready? Here is my list followed by my decisions on their individual fate. Will we have a team to field when I am done? Let me just say I am very concerned.


Michael Fulmer – He stays because well, he has so much value and could be traded for several of those shiny, new packages still under the tree.

James McCann – He stays because he’s the right guy at the right time to have behind the plate.

Miguel Cabrera – Send him back, he’s gridlock for this team, you may unpack him and find out there are still parts missing.

Dixon Machado – He stays because you got him on sale and you may find out he is worth more than you paid.

Jose Iglesias – He stays – flashiest shortstop in the store and will offer you entertainment at a time you will need it the most. No batteries required. Always brings energy.

Jeimer Candelario – One of your newest toys and he’s pretty cool. Looks like we will want to keep him. May become one of the more popular toys in the collection.

Mike Mahtook – Not flashy, but you gave up a toy that could be real fun someday so you could get him. He works all the time without fail, so still should keep him.

Jacoby Jones – Send him back, I know you haven’t had him long but there are more where he came from. Runs fast in the grass, but doesn’t run long in the dirt before he must head back to the dugout for a recharge.

Nick Castellanos – Cherish this one, he may own all the toys himself someday.

Victor Martinez – Send him back, pieces missing and many broken. Maybe you can get a store credit.


Ok – your assignment for today? Pick your own lineup, determine who stays and who gets returned and why?

Thank you for playing.


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KUDOS….or COAL?

By:  Holly Horning

‘Tis the Christmas season and Santa has made his Naughty and Nice lists. And, of course, he hasn’t forgotten about the baseball world! After all, ballplayers are just big boys who play games all day, right?

So, in honor of the holiday, who in baseball this year has made each list of Santa’s? I’m so glad you asked…


SIX DESERVING COAL IN THEIR STOCKINGS

1. Al Avila – For the underwhelming trade returns and inability to negotiate from a position of strength.

2. Victor Martinez – Youuu better watch out, youuu better not cry, youuu better not pout…

3. Miguel Cabrera – For the backsliding in his personal life that impacted his performance yet once again on the field.

4. Entire Managing/Coach staff – For being one of the largest collections of uninspiring, mediocre managers of people and players ever assembled.

5. Major local newspapers writers (with 1 exempted) – For prioritizing promoting team P.R. over balanced reporting and never asking the tough questions.

6. Derek Jeter – For the sloppy and unprofessional firing of beloved employees including a long-time employee while recovering in the hospital from cancer surgery. Inexcusable.


SIX DESERVING KUDOS FOR THEIR INTENTIONS

1. Justin Verlander – For his hard work, intensity and the tough decision to leave the only team he’s known. And for donating his entire World Series share to support our veterans.

2. Nick Castellanos – For being one of the few to give a damn and for his efforts to back up his teammates in fights and help manage VMart’s problematic personality.

3. Ian Kinsler – For always caring, for always fighting, for never giving up.

4. Ron Gardenhire – For knowing the mess he would inherit both on the field and off. And taking the job anyway.

5. St. Louis Cardinals – For putting the needs of Stephen Piscotty first by arranging a trade that would send him home so he could be near his ailing mother.

6. Totally Tigers readers – The thousands of you who have supported us and helped us grow our readership with each year. And to the small minority of you who share your thoughts and comments with us. We are blessed!


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