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Welcome to part 2 of my ‘burning questions’ segment as the Detroit Tigers offseason moves toward spring training. For part 1, published last Friday, click here.
On to the questions and answers:
Can another AL Central team overtake Doug Fister and the Tigers?
Who will challenge the Tigers for the AL Central crown?
The Twins are still in a rebuilding mode and are already out of contention as we sit here in January. Few rosters across baseball are more intriguing to me than the Kansas City Royals. My fear with them is that despite the acquisitions of James Shields, Wade Davis, Ervin Santana, and the retention of Jeremy Guthrie, their pitching will be their undoing once more. They will hit but won’t record enough clean innings for it to parlay into a true pennant contending team.
To me, the Tigers are a clear favorite to win the division, but they were last year too and needed a late surge and corresponding meltdown from the White Sox to clinch. Anything can happen (except the Twins win...
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The 2011 and 2012 American League Most Valuable Players, Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera, were two of four Tigers players who rode around in luxury cars during North American International Auto Show this past weekend.
After the parading around completed, Cabby, JV, Phil Coke and Torii Hunter took the stage for a little Q&A with Fox Sports Detroit’s Rod Allen.
DETROIT -- Torii Hunter Jr. might be ready to play for Notre Dame next season after all.
Speaking at TigerFest Saturday, Torii Hunter Sr. said his son is progressing ahead of schedule after breaking his left femur during practice for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the beginning of January.
"He's doing a lot better," Hunter Sr. said. "He's on crutches...
Dave Dombrowski realizes the offseason is never over until opening day.
That was certainly the case last year, when the Detroit general manager brought slugger Prince Fielder to the Tigers in late January. This offseason has been quieter in Detroit, but Dombrowski keeps his ears open for possible acquisitions even now, with spring training set to start in a couple weeks.
From the moment the Detroit Tigers re-signed right-hander Anibal Sanchez to an $80 million, five-year contract this offseason, Rick Porcello has had a lot to prove. The top four spots in Detroit's rotation are now set, with Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister and Sanchez locked in.
That leaves Porcello and Drew Smyly as candidates for the last opening.
Porcello is a...
Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander recently stated that he would like to spend his entire career in the Motor City and earn Hall of Fame honors in the process. What is the likelihood of this happening?
According to baseballreference.com career leaders for WAR (wins above replacement), of the Top 50 pitchers of all-time only Walter Johnson, Bob Gibson, Carl Hubbell, Jim Palmer...
DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera could be moving back to first base, but it wont be for long or with the Tigers.
It appears Cabrera will be playing a good deal of his old position for the Venezuelan national team during the World Baseball Classic in March.
For Venezuela, its as simple as WBC manager Luis Sojo putting his best team on the field. Venezuela currently lists five infielders...
DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello has spent the offseason on the rumor mill.
The Tigers nearly made the Justin Upton trade between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Atlanta Braves a three-team deal by involving Porcello, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.
Now the Diamondbacks have lost interest in Porcello after picking up Randall Delgado from the Braves. And...
This last baseball season we had one of the oddest, most unpredictable MVP races in memory. 20-year old Mike Trout exploded onto the scene and dominated the game in a way which no one could have predicted for the rookie. Miguel Cabrera – one of the greatest hitters of our time, if ever – actually had a down year by his standards, however with the whole league seemingly in a funk...