Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2017 — No. 9: Justin Verlander, Yu Darvish Dealt at the deadline(s)

We’re a few short days away from 2018 so it’s a good time to look back at the top 25 baseball stories of 2017. Some of them took place on the field, some of them off the field and some of them were more akin to tabloid drama. No matter where the story broke, however, these were the stories baseball fans were talking about most this past year. Every year there is talk of a contender making a big deal for a front line starting pitcher. Every year there are a couple of also-rans with front line starting pitchers […]

Tigers sign quartet of Minor Leaguers

DETROIT — For the Tigers, 2017 will go down as the end of an era. Justin Verlander began the season hoping for one more chance to pitch Detroit into the postseason, and he ended it hoisting the World Series trophy with the Astros. Several other familiar Tigers left along the way, from J.D. Martinez to Alex Avila and later Ian Kinsler . The young team that was left ended the season with Detroit’s worst record since its 119-loss season in ’03. The change wasn’t just evident on the field. In the front office, the shift in philosophy that had […]

Tigers shift focus, usher in new era in 2017

For the Tigers, 2017 will go down as the end of an era. Justin Verlander began the season hoping for one more chance to pitch Detroit into the postseason, and he ended it hoisting the World Series trophy with the Astros. Several other familiar Tigers left along the way, from J.D. Martinez to Alex Avila and later Ian Kinsler. The young team that was left ended the season with Detroit’s worst record since its 119-loss season in ’03. Here’s a handful of the biggest storylines from ’17.

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Inbox: Who will bat leadoff for Tigers?

SECURITY WARNING: Please treat the URL above as you would your password and do not share it with anyone. See the Facebook Help Center for more information. One more inbox for 2017 as we await the frozen tundra of Michigan in January. … Are Burrows, Manning, Perez or Faedo considered top-of-the-rotation pitchers? Are any of them potential number ones? — @KenWieczorek No. 1 starter projections have always been relative to me. There are aces out there who don’t necessarily have No. 1 starter stuff, but pitch like top starters based their competitiveness and ability to read hitters. Other pitchers […]

Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2017 — No. 22: The Tigers Break Up The Band

We’re a few short days away from 2018 so it’s a good time to look back at the top 25 baseball stories of 2017. Some of them took place on the field, some of them off the field and some of them were more akin to tabloid drama. No matter where the story broke, however, these were the stories baseball fans were talking about most this past year. In 2003, the Detroit Tigers lost 119 baseball games. When they won the game that kept them from losing their 120th, they had an on-field Gatorade bath celebration led by the […]