Detroit Tigers: Scott Harris is not going to play favorites moving forward

Tigers president of baseball operations Scott Harris speaks during his introductory news conference Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit.
Tigers president of baseball operations Scott Harris speaks during his introductory news conference Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit. /

Detroit Tigers Scott Harris is not going to play favorites.

The Detroit Tigers’ offseason will be long, and there will be a lot of changes. With Scott Harris continuing to get the wheels turning on an offseason of changes. The Tigers have a new leader at the organization’s helm, and he will not play favorites.

While it’s going to take a while with a laundry list of things to get done, the Detroit Tigers are hoping to usher in a new era for this organization. For the Tigers, this means changes from the top down.

In a recent move, the Tigers brought in Rob Metzler to be an Assistant General Manager and Vice President serving under Harris. While he still intends to hire a General Manager and keep filling out the staff, the organization is going to continue building things out in the front office.

On top of that, there’s going to be a roster purge. It’s already started to an extent with a few quiet moves. However, there’s more that needs to be done, and the Tigers are going to re-vamp things. Harris is going to find players that ultimately make this organization better.

He’s not going to sit there and play favorites with someone who’s “been with the organization for a while.” On top of that, the Tigers’ new president of baseball operations is going to replace players who are simply not cutting it.

There’s not going to be “favorites” or a ton of wiggle room to not perform. Now, it’s not to say that the Tigers are going to dump their entire roster, but things will change. Harris is going to start changing the narrative here in Detroit.

It’s not that Harris will have this team heading to a World Series in 2023, but he’s going to start righting the ship and see the team make strides in 2023; at least, that’s what one would hope.

Some might feel this offseason will be a conservative one as Harris lets the pitchers continue to heal up and evaluate what this team has asset-wise moving forward. But then again, Harris told everyone he is going to take calculated risks this offseason.

It’s going to be interesting to see what this offseason entails for the Tigers. It’s not a question of if there will be changes; the question is what those changes will be. For Harris, the standards are going to be higher moving forward.

It’s going to be a good time to be a Tigers fan and watch Harris continue to take this team in the right direction. Being able to build a new brand of Tigers baseball is going to bring success. This front office is already teasing things to the media.

Obviously, the media will not be able to see the actual operation in the front office, but some of the concepts they have shown seem like they are going to be very beneficial for the Tigers’ future. The latest hire, Meltzer, brings a quality mindset that Harris says he was looking for.

Meltzer combines analytics and scouting to gather the most information when evaluating players. Harris said he was thrilled to add Meltzer, who had a quality understanding of both.

The point is that Harris is turning things around in the front office. It’s going to lead to things being more progressive and finding ways to make changes happen. Harris wants to build a winner here, but mediocrity will not help them; and will not be something Harris allows.

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Expect Harris to make the tough decisions and do what is best for the Tigers organization moving forward. This offseason will change the scope of the Tigers’ franchise for the better.