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LAKELAND, Fla. Justin Verlander turns 30 on Wednesday, but it's just another birthday to the Tigers ace.
I dont care about stuff like that, Verlander said. It doesnt really matter to me.
However, there's something related to turning 30 that did interest Verlander. He's won 124 games at that relatively early age and aspires to be enshrined in Cooperstown someday.
So how does Verlander compare to the two Atlanta Braves pitchers expected to be first-ballot Hall of Fame selections in next years voting?
Greg Maddux won 151 games before turning 30 and finished with 355 victories. Tom Glavine also won 124 games by the age of 30 and he ended his career with 305. Both pitched until they were 42.
Dang, Maddux, said Verlander, letting the numbers roll through his head and then shaking it.
I mentioned that Id be back in 10 years, asking about the significance of turning 40.
I will be here, too, Verlander said. Hopefully, Ill be doing the same thing, a little grayer.
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2012 was a year of joy, torment, success, and embarrassment all wrapped into one odd little package for the Detroit Tigers. Overall, the team made it to the World Series, which is a huge accomplishment and a great revenue generator for the franchise. Losing in lackluster fashion via sweep at the hands of the Giants was a black eye on the season.
The Tigers needed nearly the full...
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A few weeks ago, we analyzed the five most important Detroit Tigers’ pitchers to watch during spring training. This week, we’re taking a look at positional players. In the infield, things are set with Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Omar Infante. In the outfield there’s a bit...
LAKELAND, Fla. Octavio Dotel said he apologized to Miguel Cabrera and his teammates as a group on Wednesday morning for published comments that Dotel believes were misinterpreted.
"You have to step up and say something," Dotel told by Eric Adelson of Yahoo! Sports. "Miggy's more about his game. I don't see him as a leader."
I asked Dotel if that was...
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The Tigers won the AL pennant off the bat of Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, but that wasn’t enough for one of his teammates.
Reliever Octavio Dotel says Cabrera is not a leader in the clubhouse. Dotel prodded the 2012 MVP to call a meeting multiple times during the playoffs, and Cabrera declined.
“You have to step up and say something,” Dotel told Yahoo! Sports. “Miggy’s...
LAKELAND, Fla. There were many who did not expect to see Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta back in Detroit after he batted .239 with 13 home runs and 63 RBI in 2012. The club could live with his limited defensive range as long as he was productive with the bat, but his second-half offensive swoon greatly diminished his value.
Even when Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski opted...
Rick Porcello will not have to wait long to begin making his case for the Detroit Tigers’ No. 5 starter role. Porcello will start the Tigers’ Grapefruit League opener on Friday against the Atlanta Braves.
The rotation for the first three games, courtesy of MLive’s Chris Iott:
Rick Porcello scheduled to start Friday for the Tigers at the Braves. Anibal Sanchez on Saturday....
LAKELAND, Fla. Although locating a hard and lively fastball is the ticket the majors, the slider often determines how successful a pitcher becomes and if he stays at that level.
The slider put Max Scherzer over the top, and it's the pitch Rick Porcello needs to command consistently in order to become a rotation mainstay.
The slider provides Al Alburquerque the opportunity...
He may or may not be dating Kate Upton, but the second most important relationship in Justin Verlander's life -- the first being his with the baseball, of course -- seems to be stronger than ever:
Love you too RT @tacobell: Happy birthday, @justinverlander. We love you.
— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) February 21, 2013
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According to Jim Leyland, Brennan Boesch...
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Austin Jackson had a season to savor in 2012. He bounced back from a subpar sophomore performance to light up the American League once again.
Jackson hit .300, scored 103 runs and had 29 doubles, 10 triples, 16 homers and a career-high 66 RBIs. The fleet center fielder came close to garnering both All-Star and Gold Glove recognition.
Detroit Tigers manager Jim...
LAKELAND, Fla. Just like their father, Jadyn and Haven Fielder love baseball.
They wear his No. 28 on their junior-sized Detroit Tigers uniforms and are constantly playing pickup games or catch on any patch of vacant grass they can find at Marchant Stadium or the TigerTown complex.
Sometimes they accompany their father, Prince, to batting practice to watch him swat balls into...
Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander turned 30 on Wednesday, hopes to be pitiching for the Tigers into his 40s.
“I have a long time left,” Verlander said via the Associated Press. “I don’t even look at it as reaching the halfway mark. I’ve got a lot of pitches left in me, and I don’t know what it’s like to be 30 since I haven’t done that yet.”
Verlander, the 2006...