Detroit Tiger fans everywhere collectively breathed a sigh of relief with the news that Jose Valverde has pitched his last ninth inning in a Tiger uniform. Although his antics on the mound, the hat tap, the dancing, spitting and facial hair dying evoked head shakes and eye rolls from most, one fact cannot be denied, he has put up some phenomenal numbers since he has come to Detroit.
On January 19, 2010 Valverde signed a two year, $14 million contract with a third year team option for $9 million. Through the first half of the 2010 season he had an ERA of 0.94 and had a scoreless streak of 24 innings which is the longest in Tiger history.
In 2011, he picked up his 200th career save and was elected to his third all- star game. He secured the AL Central Division title with his 45th save and his 49th save came on the last regular game of the season completing his perfect year. But that’s all history and to most baseball fans, this season is all that matters.
From the very beginning, the ...