The 2019 Major League Baseball season is officially over after the Washington Nationals triumphed over the Houston Astros in a thrilling Game 7 to win the World Series. The biggest news to Detroit Tigers fans in these trying times was the trio of former Tigers pitchers who finally accomplished their long-held dreams of hoisting the Commissioner’s Trophy at the end of the season. The three hurlers join a laundry list of former Tigers who have won a ring in just the past three years, a rather bitter pill for many to swallow.
Former Tigers have been racking up the rings
There were three familiar faces for Tigers fans among the champagne-soaked victors on Wednesday night, two of whom were part of one of the greatest pitching rotations the franchise has ever seen. Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez — erstwhile anchors of a group that also included Justin Verlander, David Price and Rick Porcello — helped lead the Nationals to their first World Series title.
However, these two are just a couple of members of the former Tigers club to have tasted the sweetness of the ultimate postseason victory.
The Detroit Tigers 2014 rotation:— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) October 31, 2019
Justin Verlander - 2017 World Series champ
Rick Porcello - 2018 World Series champ
David Price - 2018 World Series champ
Max Scherzer - 2019 World Series champ
Anibal Sanchez - 2019 World Series champ
Over the past three seasons, 10 former Tigers — including former team president and general manager Dave Dombrowski — have reached the pinnacle of baseball accomplishments. Among those are the aforementioned members of the 2014 rotation, as well as J.D. Martinez, who was traded for an extremely underwhelming return, and an aged but seasoned Ian Kinsler. While it it would be unreasonable to hold any resentment against these guys, it sure does put the salt on an already festering wound after a season of historic futility.
Ex-Tigers who’ve gotten their World Series rings in just the last three years:— Tony Paul (@TonyPaul1984) October 31, 2019
Justin Verlander pic.twitter.com/9aUqZrRh3y
For one former Tigers alumnus, thanks in large part to many years of separation, watching him finally hold up the trophy is something every Tigers fan should be able to appreciate. Having played for 11 different teams over 17 seasons and currently holding the distinction of the oldest active MLB player, it is wonderful to see Fernando Rodney finally get his due.
Fernando Rodney has pitched for the Tigers, Angels, Rays, Mariners, Cubs, Padres, Marlins, Diamondbacks, Twins, Athletics, and Nationals.— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) October 31, 2019
He finally has his first World Series ring. pic.twitter.com/XUji0jX3Mi
However, despite Rodney’s fairytale finish, watching all of these former Tigers winning the World Series when the boys in the Olde English D came so close for so many years has to be difficult for the fans. Hopefully, the franchise will turn things around sooner than later, so that those loyal to Detroit will have something to cheer about again.
Tigers make roster moves
Tigers have made several roster moves in anticipation of an offseason full of transactions. The most obvious move was the reinstatement of JaCoby Jones and Michael Fulmer from the 60-day injured list.
(1/2) The Tigers have announced the following roster moves:— Tigers PR (@DetroitTigersPR) October 31, 2019
Reinstated RHP Michael Fulmer and OF JaCoby Jones from the 60-day injured list.
The team then followed up that move by allowing Edwin Jackson, Tyson Ross, Matt Moore and Gordon Beckham to leave as free agents. The 40-man roster is now 33 players deep.
(2/2) The Tigers have announced the following roster moves:— Tigers PR (@DetroitTigersPR) October 31, 2019
RHP’s Edwin Jackson and Tyson Ross, LHP Matt Moore and INF’s Gordon Beckham and Jordy Mercer are now free agents.
The Tigers 40-man roster is now at 33.
A bit of history
Did you know that the Detroit Tigers once had a female owner, way back in the year 1900? Check out the link to read all about how Mary Van Derbeck came into possession of the team for just a brief tenure of ownership back at the turn of the previous century.
Did you know the Tigers once had a female owner, in the year 1900? Mary Van Derbeck won (and quickly sold) the team in a divorce settlement. Read about her husband George's tumultuous tenure with the Tigers from award-winning author Mitch Lutzke:https://t.co/W5n83jkHCg pic.twitter.com/jsKrPdMWe7— Tigers History (@TigersHistory) October 30, 2019
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