How the Detroit Tigers can remain interesting for the rest of the 2023 season

Here's how the Detroit Tigers can stay interesting for the remainder of the 2023 season.
Tigers manager A.J. Hinch, left, listens to Tigers president Scott Harris talk during the Detroit
Tigers manager A.J. Hinch, left, listens to Tigers president Scott Harris talk during the Detroit / Eric Seals / USA TODAY NETWORK

Well, the trade deadline has come and gone. The Tigers botched it pretty hard. Eduardo Rodriguez was not traded, and is likely going to to opt out at the end of the season. Fan apathy has hit a new high. Scott Harris' honeymoon period has come to an end.

Interest in the team will probably wane as the season draws to a close. The Tigers are not in contention. They will all but certainly miss the playoffs for the ninth consecutive year. Attendance at Comerica Park will likely be quite low the last two months of the season.

Not a lot of people are going to care about this team, especially since football is starting soon, and many people are high on the Lions this year. Is there any way the Tigers can change that? Well, they can certainly try.

How the Tigers can stay interesting: Call up the kids

It sounds simple, but putting some effort and seeing what you have in Triple-A could provide enough of a spark for the time and put some eyeballs back on the team.

Parker Meadows deserves a shot. He's up to 16 home runs now on the year. The power has really come along. He's going to strike out a lot, but he's also going to crush mistake pitches.

Justyn-Henry Malloy has also heated up as of late. He hit .346 with an OPS over 1.000 during the month of July. His numbers against lefties have improved as well, with his OPS being up to .842. Call him up, too.

I would hold off on Colt Keith for now. He has struggled as of late, which is okay. He really hasn't struggled at all to this point in his professional career, so it would be nice to see how to handle adversity. He's hitting just .197 over his last 75 plate appearances. Let's see what adjustments he can make.

But Meadows and Malloy need to be up here. Fans would much rather seem him than the likes of Zack Short, Andy Ibanez, Eric Haase, and Akil Baddoo.

What I would personally do is swap Baddoo for Meadows, since Meadows is on the 40-man roster, and then DFA Haase for Malloy. Haase has a .511 OPS this season. It would unfortunate to seem him go out like this, but sometimes things just don't work out.

If the Detroit Tigers want to stay interesting through the rest of the season, calling up some prospects would be the best way to do that.

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