The Tigers may have not had the big sell-off that people were predicting after Al Avila’s comments after the regular season, only trading away Cameron Maybin and his $9 million salary. However, don’t expect the Tigers to stand pat in the 2017-18 offseason or even the 2017 Trade Deadline if the record suggests the Tigers are not going to be able to make a run. Continue reading
UPDATE 1/3/17: This was expected to be a pretty busy offseason for GM Dave Dombrowksi of the All-Former Detroit Tigers squad. With Al Avila not making any major trades for the Detroit Tigers, Dombrowski has been unusually quiet. In fact, Dombrowski has lost his starting catcher, Al Avila, back to the 2017 Detroit Tigers, eliminating him from this squad. Manager Kirk Gibson has decided to make Bryan Holaday the new starting catcher and add Curt Casali over Jarrod Saltalamacchia to the bench as the backup catcher.
ORIGINAL 11/18/16: Seeing two former Detroit Tigers, Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello, win the Cy Youngs this year got me thinking. There are a lot of former Tigers out there…what would a roster look like of those players? Here is that roster ranking players based on fWAR in 2016. I’ll also include career highlights. Continue reading
Justin Verlander has a pretty solid case for the Hall of Fame: 2011 AL MVP, 2011 AL Cy Young, 6x All-Star, 2011 Triple Crown, 2006 AL Rookie of the Year, 2x Wins leader, 1x ERA leader, 4x Strikeouts leader, and 2 no-hitters. With a few more productive seasons, Verlander will firmly be on the fence of a Hall of Fame starting pitcher. What would’ve helped his case, however, immensely would be 3 Cy Young awards. Only 9 other people in the history of the game have at least 3 Cy Youngs and only one active pitcher does (Clayton Kershaw). Continue reading
From 1994 to 2005, the Tigers failed to have a winning record, including 2003’s dreadful 43-119 record. In 2006, new GM Dave Dombrowski hired a former manager of his for his 1997 Florida Marlins, Jim Leyland. Leyland led the Tigers to the World Series in 2006, but they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals. Continue reading
Tigers’ greatest double-play combo, Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker
The Tigers achieved their fourth World Series championship in 1984 against the San Diego Padres. The “Roar of ’84” had a stellar group of players that are still held dearly in Detroit today. The 1984 World Championship remains the most recent championship for the Tigers, having failed to win it again in 31 years and counting. Continue reading