Astros' pitcher Justin Verlander has once again proven that he one of the best pitchers this century. Since coming over from Detroit in late August, Verlander has shown the world that he belongs in the hall of fame.
During his remarkable postseason run, he has shown major league baseball that at 34-years-old, he can still pitch like an ace. During the Astros' ALCS series against the New York Yankees, he threw a total of 16 innings, including a complete game with 21 strikeouts, one allowed run, and just two walks.
Verlander has the numbers and resume that would many consider an automatic pass into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
If you look at his career numbers, his 188 wins stands out, especially because he has only played in the big leagues for 12 full seasons, excluding his short stint in 2005. He also has 2416 strikeouts in 2545 career innings. He has led major league baseball in strikeouts four times, including the 2009 season when he 269 strikeouts.
He also has been in the top-five for the American League Cy Young five times! He won the award in 2011, and he has finished runner up twice. Also, he won the AL MVP award in 2011. Verlander has appeared in six all-star games, too.
If you compare his numbers to other hall-of-fame pitchers, he has more hall-of-fame points than pitchers like Tom Glavine, Whitey Ford, and Jim Palmer. MLB greats Nolan Ryan and Phil Nierko never won Cy Young awards but they still made it in. Those two for sure had amazing careers but so has Verlander, who has done more than they have!
Many question if Verlander is worth his 2017 salary of $28 million, but if you look at his numbers this season with both the Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros, he could possibly become another top-5 Cy Young award candidate. He went 15-8, with a 3.36 ERA and 219 strikeouts, in 206 innings. He did all of this at 34-years-old!
I think Verlander is hall-of-fame worthy. He has been one of the best pitchers of 21st century. Verlander is the Nolan Ryan and Randy Johnson of this era!
The Detroit Tigers are reportedly signing Ron Gardenhire to be the team's next manager, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Gardenhire will replace Brad Ausmus, who managed the Tigers for the past four seasons.
Gardenhire, 59, last managed in the major leagues with the Minnesota Twins in 2014. Gardenhire led the show in the twin-cities for 13 seasons. He took the Twins to six postseasons and finished his time in Minnesota with a 1068-1039 win-loss record.
Gardenhire will definitely benefit the Tigers' organization. Having managed in the American League Central division for 13 seasons, he knows the five teams very well. Not to mention, Gardenhire served as the bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks this season. He was a key factor in their playoff run.
Gardenhire interviewed with the Tigers this past Tuesday. The Boston Red Sox also had interest in the Twins' former skipper.
The Tigers initially had a list of 50 managerial candidates, featuring Marlins' third base coach Fredi Gonzalez, Rockies' bench coach Mike Redmond, and Astros' bench coach Alex Cora.
Gardenhire will run the show in the Motor City and assist with the Tigers' rebuild.
The Detroit Tigers and Manager Brad Ausmus recently parted ways after he lead the team to Major League Baseball's worst record of 64-98 this season. Ausmus led the Tigers to only one postseason appearance, which was in 2014, during his four-year reign in the Motor City. Overall, Ausmus led the Tigers to a 314-332 win-loss record and a .486 winning percentage.
In my opinion, the Detroit Tigers should take a look at these three managerial candidates:
Gardenhire, 59, last managed the Minnesota Twins in 2014. Gardenhire led the show in the twin-cities for 13 seasons. He took the Twins to six postseasons and finished his time in Minnesota with a 1068-1039 win-loss record.
Gardenhire would definitely benefit the Tigers' organization. Having managed in the American League Central division for 13 seasons, he knows the five teams very well. Gardenhire and the Tigers appear to be the perfect match. Not to mention, Gardenhire served as the bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks this season. He was a key factor in their playoff run.
Gonzalez, 53, has ten years of managing experience on his resume in the big leagues. He managed the Florida Marlins for four seasons and the Atlanta Braves for six years. During his time in Atlanta, he took the Braves to two postseasons. He owns a career 710-692 win-loss record. Gonzalez spent this year in Miami with the Marlins as their third base coach.
Gonzalez managing the Tigers makes perfect sense. Gonzalez who has been wanting to manage for a while now, can help the Tigers during their rebuild. He helped the Marlins with their rebuild in 2007 and 2008. Assuming next season is sort of their "rebuild season", Gonzalez is the man for the job. After the Marlins went 71-91 in 2007, he turned them around the next year and the season after with 84 wins, and then 87 wins.
Yes, you read this correctly. Guillen, 53, has nine years of managerial experience under his belt. He managed the Chicago White Sox for eight seasons and the Miami Marlins' inaugural season in 2012. Guillen led the Sox to two postseason appearances and a World Series championship. He has a career 747-710 win-loss record. Guillen is known for being controversial. He made comments regarding Cuba's leader Fidel Castro in 2012, which resulted in Guillen being suspended for five games and fired after the season.
Guillen could fire up the Tigers' clubhouse. Guillen is known for being very loud-mouthed and argumentative. But seriously, he could fire up the Tigers' clubhouse with all of the momentum he has. Yes, many would disapprove if Guillen were to manage again in the United States, but the fans love it when he runs out of the dugout like there is no tomorrow, and gets nose-to-nose with the umpires.
The Los Angeles Angels are reportedly set to acquire all-star outfielder Justin Upton from the Detroit Tigers, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
Upton is owed nearly $89 million left on his long term deal. He can opt out of his deal after the season.
Upton, 29, is having an all-star caliber season. He is batting .279, with 28 HRs and 94 RBIs. He has also tallied 37 doubles this season.
Upton will provide some power in the Halo's line up. He will provide insurance for Albert Pujols and Mike Trout.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired outfielder J.D Martinez from the Detroit Tigers for prospects Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara, and Jose King according to Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan and Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro.
Martinez, 30, will be a free agent after the season and is most likely a rental for the Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks enter play this evening with a playoff spot, as they hold onto the first wildcard seed. Their rival, the Colorado Rockies, have possession of the second wildcard spot, and are a half a game back of the Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks have a six game lead over the Chicago Cubs.
Martinez enters a powerful lineup, featuring all-stars Jake Lamb and Paul Goldschmidt. He will join A.J Pollock and David Peralta in Arizona's outfield.
Martinez is having an impressive season this year. The 2015 all-star is slashing .305/.388/.630 with 16 home runs and 39 RBI's this year.
Martinez will most likely join the Diamondbacks tomorrow in Cincinnati when they play the Reds.