Detroit Tigers: Top 10 Strikeout Kings

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 18: A detail of a Detroit Tigers hat with an official postseason logo is seen on the bat rack in the udgout againstthe New York Yankees during game four of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 18: A detail of a Detroit Tigers hat with an official postseason logo is seen on the bat rack in the udgout againstthe New York Yankees during game four of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /
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Jack Morris spent fourteen seasons with the Tigers as he racked up 1980 strikeouts and was a member of the 1984 World Series Champions.

Morris was drafted in the fifth round of the 1976 MLB draft by the Detroit Tigers. He was called up in ’77 after Mark Fidrych was placed on the DL. He didn’t break into the starting rotation until 1979, which he then established himself as the Tigers ace.

Morris began the ’84 season with pitching a no-hitter against the White Sox. It was the first Tigers no-hitter since Jim Bunning (also on our list) in 1958. He led the Tigers into the postseason with 19-wins in the regular season. Along with Alan Trammell, Morris was a key figure in the Tigers ’84 World Series Title.

He’d go on to win 21 wins in 1986 but was shown up by Roger Clemens who posted 24-wins. In 1991 Morris signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Twins, ending his tenure with the Detroit Tigers. Morris and Bless You Boys teammate Alan Trammell was elected to the baseball hall of fame earlier this year and will be inducted officially later this year.

Number two on our list was a member of the Detroit Tigers as recently as last year. Yes, it’s Justin Verlander. Verlander was traded away to the Astros last season but in his thirteen seasons with Tigers, he compiled over 2,000 strikeouts.

The second greatest strikeout king in Tigers history, Verlander comes in with 2373 strikeouts while playing for the Tigers.