Detroit Tigers need to create their own brand and own culture of development.
The second thing that the Detroit Tigers’ new president of baseball operations mentioned was developing a culture that fosters player development. This plays into exactly what I meant when I wrote about the Tigers copying the Baltimore Orioles’ rebuild and fostering an excellent place to develop.
But as Harris suggested, the Detroit Tigers want to do things differently. They do not want to copy others but rather find their own way. This feels like finding a way to reinvent the brand that is Tigers baseball.
The Tigers will come out in 2023 and look much different if Harris has anything to say about it, and he will. He’s going to make changes and start putting this Tigers team into a position to be an attractive destination.
For the Tigers, this means becoming a destination players want to come to in the offseasons. Harris noted that they want to bring in players who feel they can come to Detroit to get better.
On top of that, Harris noted during the presser that he wants prospects to not feel like they are only working towards a big-league call-up. He mentioned that he wants prospects to view the big leagues as the next step for them as they progress, with the big leagues being another place to keep developing.
The Tigers baseball brand will be changed greatly by Harris, and in turn, being able to create a culture of development and a new brand, he should be able to accomplish the second concept he mentioned.