Scott Harris’ directing resonates with AJ Hinch at the Detroit Tigers

Scott Harris didn’t answer the big question: So, is this a Detroit Tigers Rebuilding?

He would dance around a “yes” or “no” answer, and instead focus generally on a future vacation that would further reveal the trajectory of his tigers. Executing his vision is not an overnight task. He did not recruit, trade, or sign any of the players into the Tiger Organization. It’s new here.

Harris, the 35-year-old chief of baseball operations, has vowed to make “a lot of moves” ahead of next year’s spring training, much of which will coincide with conviction in his quest to build a championship team. He believes in focusing on what’s right in front of him, making the best baseball decision, and then moving on to the next task.

“We have to take calculated risks to narrow the gap between this organization and the other organizations we are now chasing,” Harris said Tuesday at Comerica Park. “When we enter winter, we will not avoid risk. We cannot avoid risk. Taking calculated risks as part of a broader strategy of list building and institution building, it will pay off in the end. That is how we look at it.”

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The Tigers' chief of baseball operations, Scott Harris, is interviewed after his introductory press conference Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit.

The timeline for when the world expects tigers to compete is unclear. Harris won’t officially take over MLB daily operations until October 6, which means Assistant General Manager Sam Menzin remains in charge until then. It’s a transitional period for Harris to assess and evaluate staff, players and the organization as a whole to get ready for the go.

But this season has been mostly a nightmare. The lack of momentum, CEO and Chairman Christopher Illich previously said, led to the dismissal of Al Avila’s former general manager in August.