QUESTION OF THE WEEK

It’s time again to hear from our readers!   Today is the day to let us know what you’re thinking on a selected topic.

Sunday is now the one day of the week where we open up the comment parameters for you, so you can get those juices flowing.

Comments on THIS DAY ONLY can be expanded to a maximum of 8 sentences.

We can’t wait to get your thoughts on the following topic.


What is your position on MLB potentially banning the shift?  


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THE SATURDAY SURVEY

 For the off-season, in the interests of mixing things up, we have introduced another way for readers to weigh in.   So here is another poll to gauge the pulse of our baseball-lovin’ peeps.

As always, we welcome your comments, so please vote and then submit your reasons ( 4 sentences max!) for how you voted in the usual comment box.  Don’t forget to come back later and view the results!



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QUESTION OF THE WEEK

It’s time again to hear from our readers!   Today is the day to let us know what you’re thinking on a selected topic.

Sunday is now the one day of the week where we open up the comment parameters for you, so you can get those juices flowing.

Comments on THIS DAY ONLY can be expanded to a maximum of 8 sentences.

We can’t wait to get your thoughts on the following topic.


Why do you think Al Avila didn’t wait for the non-tender deadline to decide on a starting pitcher to sign?

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THE SATURDAY SURVEY

 For the off-season, in the interests of mixing things up, Saturdays are now offer another way to gauge the pulse of our readers.    Today’s poll addresses the more-than-likely scenario about James McCann leaving the organization.

As always, we welcome your comments, so please vote and then submit your reasons for how you voted in the usual comment box.



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HOT…OR NOT?

By: Holly Horning

Let’s face it – this Hot Stove season is going to be a snore-fest for Tiger fans. Al Avila is going to continue his attempt to trade Castellanos and potentially anyone else who is making above the MLB minimum salary. And he’s going to try to find a couple of journeyman pitchers and a SS to fill in for just one year.

Zzzz………….

So what’s a fan to do during the next 2-3 months? Other than read Totally Tigers every day that is……..

Realistically, there are a lot of great stories to follow this off-season. It’s just that they will involve other teams.

But trades and other moves involving teams-not-named-Detroit really could be very significant. Much like last year, they will be forecasters of the trends teams are adopting. Trends that will take hold and become regular patterns. Patterns that will help us gauge the speed (or not) in which the Tigers embrace these trends or cling to the past going forward.

We’ll discover whether teams are continuing to turn away from long-term expensive contracts. And whether the importance placed upon players with solid offensive and defensive stats – not just one-tool players – will command priority.

Teams will be hiring fresh (and young) faces for their Front Offices. Young dudes (and hopefully dudettes) with degrees in computer software, statistics and sports economics. And some organizations, who sniffed the playoffs but failed in their quests, will undoubtedly be making changes.

So what stories will I be watching most closely? I’m glad you asked……


1. WILL MIKE TROUT SIGN THE OFFERED EXTENSION? His contract expires in less than 2 years and the Angels have been trying to sign him for life. So far, he’s resisted. Is he waiting for Bryce Harper and Manny Machado to sign first so his agent can gauge the numbers? Is he contemplating whether the Angels organization can put together the missing pieces that will finally get him into the World Series? Is he waiting to see how well Brad Ausmus manages the team?

2. WHERE IS MIGUEL CABRERA? We’ve seen 2 very brief glimpses of Miggy during his DL stint. The papers have not been reporting on him other than the lawsuit brought against him for child support. A lawsuit that is continuing past expected dates with more court time now scheduled for December, no rulings yet made and the threat of interfering with his physical and mental prep for the 2019 season. He’s still got the herniated disks in his back and bicep surgery long completed. And unlike last year, Miggy is posting no updates nor any pictures that show him rehabbing in the gym and appearing dedicated to regaining his form.

3. WHAT DOES THEO EPSTEIN HAVE UP HIS SLEEVE? The Cubs were eliminated early in this past year’s playoffs and it didn’t take long for Theo to start making some moves. Some top players are rumored to be available for trade. Several coaches released. And Joe Maddon heading into his last contract year. Epstein has told the media that there are no plans on extending Maddon’s contract and that he will be evaluating his manager during the 2019 season. Theo has always been proactive, so expect him not to sit still.

4. WILL SCOTT BORAS RETAIN HIS VAST POWER AND INFLUENCE? We saw more and more teams backing away from the expensive long-term contracts for players during last year’s Hot Stove season. And Boras goes into 2019 with several top players, including Bryce Harper. Will he be able to negotiate that infamous $400 million contract he wants for his client? Will they settle for much less? Will Boras attempt to pull the same controversial schtick he did to the Tigers with Max Scherzer? The verbal contract agreement that he instead turned into point of leverage with other teams in order to drive up the price?

5. WILL FARHAN ZAIDI TURNS AROUND THE GIANTS? He recently left the Dodgers to become President of Baseball Operations with the arch-rival Giants. The same Giants who are ageing and have lost their regular odd-year pattern of World Series championships. How will he retool the team? What moves will he make to get them competitive once again? Will he decide to do a rebuild – or will a retool be enough?

6. WILL THE NATIONALS TURN INTO THE EAST COAST TIGERS? History can be a great teacher – if you allow it. And the Nats have followed the Tigers ill-fated strategy for years. Selling off the farm system….signing multiple expensive free agents………allowing Scott Boras to have a significant amount of influence with an ageing owner……..hiring a rookie manager……..not paying attention to the importance of leadership and team player centric skills. All of this while they’ve watched their window of opportunity gradually close over the past couple of years. Will they end up exactly like the Tigers?

7. WILL TALENT ALWAYS WIN OUT OVER ATTITUDE? I’ve watched Manny Machado since his rookie days with the Orioles. The attitude problem we saw during the playoffs is not just recent as many believe. He has a history of fighting with players both on his team and with others sporting different uniforms. He’s been suspended for fighting and known as a problem child for a while. And with his failure to run out a ball during the playoffs, which generated a lot of criticism, combined with his controversial comments that seem to support a selfish attitude, will a team decide to roll the dice and sign a player who may disrupt team chemistry?

All of these stories will impact teams over time. The smart teams will be watching and adopting the strategies that will help give them the edge. I can only hope and pray that the Tigers will be watching, too. And hopefully, implementing…


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THE SATURDAY SURVEY

 Saturday’s offer another way to gauge the pulse of our readers.    So here is this week’s poll to see what you’ll be watching for in 2019.

As always, we welcome your comments, so please vote and then submit your reasons for how you voted in the usual comment box.



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FRIDAY FOWL

This week, Totally Tigers turns the tables on our terrific readers! Just in time for Turkey Day, we want to know more about you. Every day, we’ll have a new question for you to answer.

Today, you will have a maximum of 8 sentences to share your answers.  Sooo, let’s talk turkey!


Friday’s question comes from Holly and she wants to know from our readers ….

During this time of Thanksgiving, what are you most thankful for as it pertains to the Tigers?


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HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM TOTALLY TIGERS

This is a day where we all give thanks. And we here at Totally Tigers want to show ours to you, the readers. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you. So we send out a big roar of approval to those who read us every day, to those who binge-read us, the solid core who comment regularly and to the many who silently lurk in the shadows. Even those who read us occasionally. We love you all.

We are thrilled that you get us and why we started this blog. We love that you’re looking for conversation starters and not spin. And the fact that we often don’t give answers – and that explanations are often presented. All in a civil, user-friendly environment that encourages the sharing of thoughts and ideas.

And as we go forward, expect some tweaks from Totally Tigers. We’ll be expanding, adding new formats and other new ideas to keep you informed, entertained and intellectually stimulated. And if you have ideas and/or topics you’d like to see, email us and let us know. We won’t publish your thoughts but we will give you credit when they appear.

Thank you from the bottom of our little blue and orange striped hearts for being our readers. And may the only turkey you see this coming holiday season be the one on your dining room table – and not in the form of a player trade.

WILD TURKEY WEDNESDAY!

This week, Totally Tigers turns the tables on our terrific readers! Just in time for Turkey Day, we want to know more about you. Every day, we’ll have a new question for you to answer.

Today, you will have a maximum of 8 sentences to share your answers.  Sooo, let’s talk turkey!


Wednesday’s question comes from Kurt and he wants to know from our readers ….

What major league stadiums have you visited and what do you like about your favorites?


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TALKIN’ TURKEY TUESDAY!

This week, Totally Tigers turns the tables on our terrific readers! Just in time for Turkey Day, we want to know more about you. Every day, we’ll have a new question for you to answer.

Again today, you will have a maximum of 8 sentences to share your answers.  Sooo, let’s talk turkey!


Today’s question comes from Holly and she wants to know from our readers ….

What is your singular, most unforgettable memory about your Tigers?


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