Detroit Tigers Links 1/2/14: Justin Verlander’s Place in History, Brad Ausmus Chats With His Players, and Hoping for a Warm Spring


October 5, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander talks to the media at a press conference for the ALDS at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Top Tigers Countdown #11: Justin Verlander – Rob Rogacki – Bless You Boys

"It says something that Justin Verlander is only 30 years old and already has his name littered across this top-10 franchise leaderboard. The feat is especially impressive considering Verlander is one of the few pitchers on that list with fewer than 2000 career innings, and there is no guarantee he will reach that mark in 2014 either. Because of this, Verlander is already one of the first pitchers to appear on our countdown and will likely be considered the greatest pitcher in Tigers history when his career is over."

Detroit Tigers’ head groundkeeper hopes for warm spring for new field – Anthony Fenech – Free Press

"In mid-March, weather permitting, Kentucky Bluegrass sod — imported from Colorado — will start to be laid and on March 31, when the Tigers open the regular season against the Kansas City Royals, the new field will be unveiled.Nabozny said that she, along with most Michiganders, is hoping for a warm spring."

Ausmus already building bridges with his players – Jason Beck –

"“I spoke to a good chunk of the roster, the 25-man roster, within three or four days of being named manager,” Ausmus said.He followed that process up with in-person meetings — both near his home in California and in Florida during the Winter Meetings. Anibal Sanchez met with him at baseball’s annual gathering in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., as did a few other players who make their offseason homes in the area."

Austin Jackson Should Not Bat Leadoff For The Detroit Tigers In 2014 – Brad Faber – Rant Sports

"Kinsler would be a great candidate to bat leadoff, as he was the Texas Rangers‘ leadoff man for the majority of the 2013 season and hit a solid .281 in 391 at-bats in that spot. However, Kinsler would probably be more effective batting second where he would be batting in front of the game’s best hitter in Miguel Cabrera."