Are you ready for more pain? We sure are. Many former Tigers have won a World Series elsewhere over the years. From Rick Porcello, JD Martinez, David Price, and Ian Kinsler winning one with the Red Sox in 2018, to Justin Verlander winning two championsips with the Astros, it's been very painful to be a Tigers fan over the better part of the past decade.
Well, get ready, because we're about to dwell in the pain some more. Even more former Tigers are about to get a chance at a World Series ring.
That's right. The Texas Rangers and the Arizona Diamondbacks will be battling it out for the World Series title come Friday, and they both feature at least one former Tiger. So no matter which team wins it all in 2023, another former Tiger will be getting a ring with another team.
Sigh. Let's get started.
Mantiply started his MLB career with the Tigers in 2016, and it did not go well. He pitched just 2.2 innings and allowed five earned runs. Ouch. Not exactly a great first impression.
From there, he bounced around in the minors for a while before finding a home in Arizona, where has ahs revived his career. He had a 3.40 ERA in 39.2 IP in 2021, and was an All-Star in 2022 with a 2.85 ERA an a strikout to walk ratio of over 10 in 60 innings pitched.
The ERA was a bit more elevated this season, but he did outpitch his FIP, and the walks have stayed relatively low. He's still been a solid lefty out the bullpen for D'backs manager Torey Lovullo.
Mantiply may not be the most amazing, celebrated, or even remembered former Tiger, but he's still a former Tiger nonethless. And now he get's his shot at a ring.