Detroit Tigers Links: Torii Hunter's influence & Rick Porcello's good deed

Rick Yeatts

Torii Hunter discusses how the late Kirby Puckett shaped him, Rick Porcello sells the number 48 for disaster relief, and Austin Jackson did not appear on the American League MVP ballot. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Torii Hunter and Detroit Tigers are the right match
The Detroit News, John Niyo

It didn't take long for Tigers owner Mike Ilitch to know he'd found the right match for his team in free agency. "About two and a half steps," Ilitch laughed Friday, sitting next to his newest outfielder, Torii Hunter, at an introductory news conference at Comerica Park.

Strangely, Austin Jackson not among Detroit Tigers that appeared on American League MVP ballots
MLive.com, Josh Slagter

Winner Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander and Prince Fielder all finished in the top nine. Jackson didn't appear on any of the 28 ballots, which include 10 players.

The Tigers might be in the market for another outfielder
HardballTalk, D.J. Short

The Tigers finalized a two-year, $26 million contract with Torii Hunter yesterday, but they might not be done shopping for outfielders.

Kirby Puckett's everlasting influence shapes Tigers' Torii Hunter's style of play, personality
Detroit Free Press, John Lowe

Every time Kirby Puckett stepped onto the Metrodome field, the sun broke out. He played his home games in that drab indoor stadium in Minneapolis.

Porcello sells 48 to Hunter for hurricane relief
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

You had to figure once the Tigers had a deal with Torii Hunter, he would end up getting his number 48 from Rick Porcello.

A Thought Regarding Player Value
Walkoff Woodward, Josh Worn

We all know what WAR, or Wins, is. According to baseball reference Mike Trout provided 10.7 wins above replacement to Miguel Cabrera’s 6.9.

MCB's Detroit Tigers Top 50 Prospects: 30-26
Motor City Bengals, John Verburg

When compiling any list, it is essential to keep in mind these things tend to be very subjective, especially in the world of prospects.

MiguelVP
Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein

Major League Baseball has confirmed what we all already knew in our hearts. Miguel Cabrera: MVP.

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