Found November 04, 2011 on
The Outside Corner:
New York Yankees
The Detroit Tigers looked like a solid choice to win the AL Central title in 2011, after adding slugger Victor Martinez at DH and not losing any major components. Sure enough, they won the division, even with Martinez only posting a 2.9 fWAR on the season. They got contributions from plenty of players, and won the division in a cakewalk after the Indians collapsed in the second half of the year.
WHAT WENT RIGHTThe Tigers won the AL Central and made it to the ALCS primarily because of two players: Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander. Cabrera ranked second in the AL with a 1.034 OPS, and was worth 7.3 fWAR. Verlander was the Outside Corner's midseason Cy Young winner, leading the AL in most major pitching categories, and he was worth 7.0 fWAR. Take away those two players and replace them with guys that are replacement level, and the Tigers are a .500 team. In addition to those great seasons, Doug Fister was worth 2.4 fWAR in 70 innings after being acquired at the trading dea...
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Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander has been selected player of the year in voting by the Major League Baseball Players Association, becoming the second pitcher to earn the honor.
Verlander beat out Boston first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson for the Players Choice Award, announced Thursday. The only other pitcher to win it was Boston&...
In a post to CBS Sportsline.com, Danny Knobler suggest the Detriot Tigers as the perfect fit for free agent short stop Jose Reyes stating:
For a team that badly needs to add speed, and would be helped by having a true leadoff hitter who would push Austin Jackson to the bottom of the batting order, Reyes could be the difference-maker.
Not only that, but Tigers people say that the...
Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander became the second pitcher to be named player of the year by the Major League Baseball Players Association.
Verlander edged Adrian Gonzalez of the Red Sox and Curtis Granderson of the Yankees for the honor, which was revealed Thursday.
Boston's Pedro Martinez in 1999 is the only other pitcher to win it.
Verlander, the odds-on favorite for...
Justin Verlander is going to need a bigger trophy case.While he hasn't found out yet about the major awards the AL Cy Young and MVP he did take home two honors at Thursday's Players Choice Awards. Verlander became the second pitcher to be named Player of the Year, and was selected the American League's Outstanding Pitcher in voting by the Major League Baseball Players...
Former University of Alabama baseball player Alex Avila was named the Louisville Silver Slugger catcher for Major League Baseball's America League, on Wednesday. Avila is the first player from Alabama to win a Major League Baseball Silver Slugger award.
How magnificently did the Tigers bullpen perform for Justin Verlander this season? How much did it contribute to his season? Verlander pitched three complete-game wins. In 21 other games, he turned a lead over to the bullpen in the seventh inning or later. In all 21 games, the bullpen held the lead the rest of the way. Thus Verlander went 21-0 in those games.
There’s an old story, retold in many forms with various names attached to it. An unpopular and underachieving vet is traded from the team. When one of his teammates hears about it, he says, “It’s a great trade! Who did we get?”
Perhaps the greatest of all “Great trade! Who’d we get?” deals occurred exactly 15,000 days ago today when the Detroit Tigers got rid...