The Detroit Tigers are prefacing their 2022 season with spring action in Lakeland
After what felt like an eternity of a lockout, the Detroit Tigers are finally on their way to baseball in 2022 with only a short delay in the action. We no longer need to suffer through headlines of hidden meanings from the latest negotiations; instead, fans can focus on hits, mitts, and everything that happens in between those starchy white chalk lines.
With the new season comes a new ball club with new aspirations. There are new talents in this camp from all walks of the transactional road. Tucker Barnhart was acquired via trade, Eduardo Rodriguez, Javier Baez, and Andrew Chafin were all acquired through free agency, and then there are the kids–Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson, who have both risen through the Toledo ranks and have been promised to get a fair shake at an opening day roster spot.
With all of these new faces, the Detroit Tigers‘ tenor has shifted from improving upon the season before securing a division crown. Certainly, the Chicago White Sox remain the class of the AL Central with a loaded lineup featuring Jose Abreu, Eloy Jimenez, Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada, and Luis Robert.
Despite the limited roster battles, though, spring training is still bubbling with intrigue and storylines. No, not new pitches or ‘best shape of his life’ cliches, but decisions that loom that could very well alter the course of the Detroit Tigers’ regular season and ultimately their playoff aspirations.