It’s hard to believe that the 2021 season is almost over in a couple days. It feels like the Tigers just hired A. J. Hinch and his coaches, doesn’t it?
The whole year flew by…… and unlike last year, MLB teams will have played 162 games.
Maybe this is what happens when your team is no longer one of baseball’s worst. When the horrific games of the past 4 years felt like they’d never end.
The Tigers played unexpectedly better and actually fought to the end in most games. Many of these games were actually exciting to watch.
We’ve been pleasantly surprised this year with the team.
Granted, the Tigers are still not competitive. They still have a lot of work to do. They still have some major roster changes to make.
Heck, I’m not even sure if we can call them half-formed Jello yet.
But isn’t the improvement promising? Haven’t you enjoyed seeing the team play much better?
Aren’t you happy to see that they are no longer cellar dwellers?
There is still a ways to go. We’re still not sure how rapidly Chris Ilitch, Al Avila and the Front Office will move things along this off-season. Or what changes will be made.
And then there’s the CBA which expires in 2 months. Who knows how that will impact decision-making or baseball’s 2022 season.
But the one ray of hope is that the Tigers appear to be in an upward trajectory. It’s the very first sign that things are moving in right direction. We’ve been waiting a very loooooong time to see it.
We were waiting even longer for the Front Office to make some changes to their personnel. Changes that inspired me to pop a cork on a bottle of bubbly when the announcements were made.
Now we’re anxiously waiting to see what changes are made to the roster – and to the organization overall. We might see some during the month of October in-between the playoff series.
And all of it will be covered at Totally Tigers.
Rest assured that you will still be able to get your daily baseball fix right here. Like a GM, Totally Tigers never rests.
In fact, starting on Monday, there will be 3 new blogs each week. Addressing the changes from in-season to Hot Stove to spring training. You’ll still have the opportunity to go in-depth on discussions. And those polls that everyone loves? Yep, you’ll still have those opportunities.
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And change is in the air at Totally Tigers, too. We’ve been growing and I personally want to thank you all for following and reading the blog and Twitter. You’ve made TT one of the top 5 blogs on the Tigers to read according to media rankings.
Growing and the need for expansion now require more work and time here at the blog. But with that, there are also choices that need to be made.
And it is with regret that Kurt will no longer continue the journey with TT. Growing pains can be tough on priorities and the time available.
He’s been the Oscar to my Felix. The laid-back guy to Judge Judy, his nickname for me. It’s been quite the adventure for both of us and fun to compare how similar and different we are when it comes to baseball. I know these discussions will continue albeit in another format.
Like this baseball season, the time Kurt and I have spent working together has also flown by.
And like this Tigers team and this year, Kurt is making changes, too. It’s been a great run being on the same roster with you!
Like myself, I know everyone here wishes him the very best.
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