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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, Red Faber, Ted Lyons, and Bob Feller pitched their entire career for one team.
The 2012 Factor12 Rating leader is currently signed through the 2014 season. Conceivably, Verlander might command the first $200 million contract for a pitcher on the open market. However, Tigers owner Mike Illitch has shown a propensity to spend big dollars on marquee players.
The 29 year-old right-hander has compiled a 124-65 record, 3.40 ERA, 1.17 WHIP over his eight-year career. Verlander has tossed two no-hitters and became only the second pitcher ever to win the ROY, MVP, and Cy Young Awards. This is an easy call for the...
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DETROIT -- Rookie Bruce Rondon, the Tigers' top prospect to close this season, is being considered by the Venezuelan national team to be its closer in the World Baseball Classic when competition begins in early March.
I have heard a lot of talk about that, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said, but weve never been officially asked.
Observations of Rondon during spring...
DETROIT -- Torii Hunter made his way to the radio-interview platform at TigerFest and, before he was even introduced, received a rousing ovation from several hundred fans.
A fan wearing a Tigers cap and jacket in the third row of folding chairs began to chant, TORE-ee! TOR-ee! The fans around him joined in, too, greeting Detroits new right fielder.
Hunter took a seat and was taken...
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.
The Venezuelan Baseball League Final started Wednesday in the city of Valencia. Cardenales de Lara and Navegantes del Magallanes will vie for the championship trophy. Although with little presence of Tigers, many had outstanding participation in the playoffs and it is important to highlight. None more noteworthy than the appearance in January of Omar Infante.
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...
Though Andy Pettitte has been known to change his mind, he will not participate in the World Baseball Classic, according to major league sources. The news is not exactly a surprise, considering that Pettitte is 40 and preparing for perhaps his farewell season with the New York Yankees.
Pettitte will be missed, seeing as how the withdrawal of Atlanta Braves right-hander Kris Medlen...