Found October 26, 2011 on
The title of this post obviously does not refer to Alex Avila's batting contribution in 2011. In fact, I recently showed that Alex Avila had one of the best seasons ever for a Tigers catcher. Kurt Mensching talked some more about Avila's season at Bless You Boys, but he also wanted to know more about his defense. So, I'm going to talk about catcher defense today.
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The official MLB awards won't be handed out until next month, but Tigers ace Justin Verlander is already a winner.
He has been named the Sporting News' 2011 MLB Player of the Year -- the first pitcher to win the award since Orel Hershiser in 1988.
Verlander finished the season 24-5 with a 2.40 ERA and 250 strikeouts -- a pitching Triple Crown -- and is the leading candidate...
October 26th, 1940:
Tigers’ slugging left fielder Hank Greenberg (.340, 41, 150) is named the American League’s Most Valuable Player with Indian hurler Bob Feller (27-11- 2.61) finishing second. Having won the award in 1935 as a first baseman, ‘Hammerin’ Hank’ becomes the first player to win another MVP playing a different position.
Like most avid baseball fans, I’m...
The Tigers are expected to pick up Jose Valverde’s option for next season, tweets Jon Heyman of SI.com.
Valverde went 2-4 with a 2.24 ERA for the Tigers in 2011. He led the league in appearances (75), games finished (70) and saves (49) and did not blow a save. He has saved at least 40 games in three of his last five seasons.
Valverde, who will be 34 on opening day, just completed...
The Sporting News released its All-Star team, and two Tigers made it: starting pitcher Justin Verlander and catcher Alex Avila.
Tigers ace Justin Verlander and batterymate Alex Avila picked up some postseason hardware on Thursday, named to the AL Sporting News All-Star team.
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Note: That's player of the year, not just pitcher of the year, which bodes well for Verlander's chances to win the American League's Most Valuable Player award.