The Detroit Tigers have had plenty of strikeout kings throughout the years. From most recently Justin Verlander to the great Mickey Lolich. But where do they stack up in Tigers lore?
Detroit Tigers fans have seen plenty of aces come and go throughout the years. Current fans have fond memories of watching Justin Verlander pitch each season. Some of the older fans remember Mark Fidrych. The old-timers remember the great Mickey Lolich.
Fidrych is probably the most noteworthy name not on this list. He only spent five seasons with the Tigers and his career ended early due to injuries. By his first two seasons were a spectacle for Tigers fans alike to watch. His rookie campaign in 1976 saw him win the AL Rookie of the Year Award in addition to being named an AL All-Star. 1977 saw him named again to the AL All-Star Team. After that, injuries halted his performance.
This list portrays the top ten strikeout kings to play for the Detroit Tigers. Some of them played their whole career for the Tigers, others did not. Only two modern players are on this list. Justin Verlander is one. The other is Jack Morris, a member of the ’84 Bless You Boys.
These two are just two of the many pitching greats that have been in Detroit.
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First up, is Denny McLain who was a member of the 1968 World Series Championship team.
*Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.