The Detroit Tigers need to be able to stay the course, however long it takes.
One thing the Orioles have done well is staying the course of their rebuild. They made trades at the deadline that might be viewed as unloading and staying true to their rebuild. This is true, but they have done a good job staying on the hunt.
The Orioles’ performance is likely where the Tigers anticipated they would be in 2022. They are 73-67 in 2022, which is good for fourth in the AL East. However, they are staying in the hunt. They are 5.5 games back of a Wildcard spot.
While it’s a tough sell, a case can be made that they are not out of the picture today. The team is getting more attention than they have been in recent years. They have not jumped the gun and are staying true to their plans, letting their guys go out and get the job done.
Before the trade deadline, they had to decide to sell some assets or go for it in 2022. As mentioned, they dumped off some of their assets and are still getting the job done. The Tigers must see this and wish they were in that same position.
Instead, the Tigers are in the depths of the AL Central, firmly entrenched in a rebuild that may need to take two steps back. But if they can learn one thing about how the Orioles have operated, they have stayed true to the course.
They did not mortgage the farm too early this year to go for it, rather stockpiling more prospects and keeping their big league squad rolling. The Tigers may need to shake some things up, but the rebuild is not over, and the Tigers have to keep staying the course.
It’s unfortunate, but with a new general manager and front office regime on the way, there is still plenty to be excited about. The 2022 season may have sucked, but the Tigers will make changes and hopefully be able to bounce back strong in 2023.
That said, let’s sum some things up and talk about what the Tigers need to focus on doing with his new regime.