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Despite the presences of Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and other stars, Justin Verlander remains the face of the Detroit Tigers franchise — and one of the most recognizable and popular players in baseball, period.
To wit: The Tigers’ ace and opening-day starter landed on one of Sports Illustrated’s regional covers this week. Here’s what that cover looks like:
Detroit Lions teammates Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson shared a regional cover prior to the 2012 NFL season, as part of SI’s NFL preview. Johnson also famously grabbed the cover of the “Madden” game last year.
This marks Verlander’s third time on the cover of Sports Illustrated. He was there in 2006, as the Tigers made their surprising run to the World Series, then again late in 2011 under the headline “MVP”.
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Justin Verlander is a Sports Illustrated cover-athlete yet again.
The Tigers ace is one of six MLB players to appear on the latest regional series of covers for Sports Illustrated which previews the upcoming season.
For Verlander this is his third SI cover with his first one coming back in 2006 his rookie season.
As far as the predictions go, SI picked the Tigers to win the AL Central...
LAKELAND, Fla. -- It was a funny scene in Tigers manager Jim Leyland's office Wednesday after batting practice.
Leyland had announced that barring some last-minute trade, Don Kelly had made the team. But because he'd been so busy in the morning, he hadn't had a chance to tell him.
Not wanting to usurp the manager's role, a reporter asked if he needed to talk to...
For a second straight year, Jim Leyland and the Detroit Tigers enter the season with sky-high expectations.
That's no guarantee of success - but it sure beats the alternative.
''I love being a target. That means you've got a good team,'' Leyland said early on in spring training. ''We're going to be the hunted. We were the winner. We were the...
The Detroit Tigers will bring both Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly north for the start of the 2013 regular season, with Porcello claiming the fifth spot in the team’s loaded rotation.
That, plus another roster tidbit, came out of the Tigers’ camp on Tuesday:
#Tigers announce Porcello will be the 5th starter, Smyly will be in the bullpen; Matt Tuiasosopo has made team, barring...
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Matt Tuiasosopo has always had faith -- in himself and in God.
That faith paid off Tuesday afteroon when Tigers manager Jim Leyland called the versatile non-roster invitee into his office to tell him he had made the big-league club as a bench player.
"Nobody knows how this is going to play out, but if ever there was a guy that came in and opened your eyes...
Justin Verlander has now surpassed his (ex?)-girlfriend Kate Upton. Verlander will grace the cover of the regional Sports Illustrated in their annual baseball preview edition. Upton has been on the last two SI Swimsuit Edition covers.
JV is one of six starting pitchers to find themselves on the covers across the country. The other five are C.C Sabathia, David Price, James...
Rick Porcello has earned the No. 5 starter's job in the Detroit Tigers' rotation, and Drew Smyly will start the season in the bullpen.
Porcello was 10-12 with a 4.59 ERA in 31 starts for the AL champions last season, when Smyly went 4-3 with a 3.99 ERA in 18 starts as a rookie. Porcello is 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA in six spring training appearances; Smyly is 4-0 with a 3.38 ERA...
Entering last season we were worried about Prince Fielder‘s home run total moving from Miller Park (142 park factor for homers) to Comerica (97). As expected, Fielder’s 30 homers were his lowest since hitting 28 in his rookie 2006 season. What wasn’t expected was exactly why he hit fewer homers. Yes, his HR/FB rate (17.9%) was [...]
The Detroit Tigers, powered by the bats of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder and the arm of ace Justin Verlander, comfortably made it to the World Series as the representative out of the American League before being swept by the San Francisco Giants in four games.
A year later, the Tigers are once again the favorites in a division that has seen a lot of change. The division...