In the 2015 offseason, The Detroit Tigers were looking to stay the course and continue changing the perception of the club and its performance for the better.
Trading for outfielder Anthony Gose this past November along with the addition of LF Yoenis Cespedes and the return of SS Jose Iglesias from injury, should aid the Tigers defensively and propel them to the next level of the post season. Add a healthy Miguel Cabrera to that mix and you now have a set of power bats worthy of the AL Central title.
There are those who are mourning the loss of pitching veterans Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello who are no longer with the Tigers, but after falling short the last couple of years a change was needed, and a quicker, more defensive squad will be advantageous in the long run.
Detroit’s pitching rotation was one of the best in MLB last season. Even with the loss of Scherzer and Porcello, the Tigers’ starters are still projected to be solid with ace David Price and two stellar supporters in Justin Verlander and Anibel Sanchez.
The Tigers have claimed the last four AL Central titles and this season is gearing up to be a fun one for Detroit fans and Tiger’s ticket holders.
The Detroit Tigers are a baseball team with four World Series and 11 American League Pennants. Not too bad. Those totals rank as the fifth most Fall Classics and have won the ninth most. These are numbers to be proud of.
Of course, so is its collection of Hall of Fame players wearing Tigers baseball caps. Perhaps the most famous of these are Ty Cobb and Hank Greenburg. Cobb may have been the first superstar in the sport. He played for the Tigers for 22 seasons and ended his career with the highest career batting average ever at .366, along with 12 batting titles, an MVP season, and 54 steals of home plate. The Detroit Tigers went to the World Series three times while he played, losing each time.
Hank Greenburg was the next star for the franchise. Greenburg was one of the first great Jewish baseball players, for which he fought prejudice throughout his career. He played for the Tigers in spurts. It so happened that during those spurts the Tigers played in four World Series, winning two (Detroit’s first two). He also managed to hit .313 for his career and bash 331 homeruns. The fact that he only appeared in five All Star games is a travesty, though at least he won two AL MVPs. If he had not served in the military in World War II, he would have put up even gaudier numbers.
Fans are eagerly waiting for the chance to celebrate the next great Detroit Tiger to enter the Hall. Cecil Fielder is a fan favorite, but he is a longshot because his impressive home run total (319) is coupled with a suspect .255 batting average. Perhaps the fans will have to wait until this next batch of stars, Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera, to retire. Cecil’s son, Prince, may even make his father proud and end his career with a Hall of Fame worthy performance.