2. He's further modernized the organization
All these guys have huge analytical backgrounds. Al Avila started this, but Harris — and to a lesser extent, A.J. Hinch — have finished the job.
The Tigers were stuck in the dinosaur ages for years. Dombrowski ignored analytics for years and just threw money at stars. He still does this with the Phillies, and they made the World Series last year.
Anyway, Harris and his crew have really modernized the Tigers. Like it or not, this is the direction baseball has been going. The Tigers may be late to the party on this, but better late than never.
The Dodgers, Rays, Orioles, Astros, Braves, you name it — any team that is successful is using analytics. I have seen some somewhat valid concerns that the organization is leaning too heavily into analytics, but I don't think we're there yet. Let's see what the front office does this offseason.