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Build your own classic Detroit Tigers pitching staff

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With the infield and the outfield now covered, it’s time to turn our attention to the pitching staff.

Detroit Tigers Photo by Louis Reqeuna/MLB via Getty Images

On what would have been opening day for Major League Baseball we are instead left with re-broadcasts of old games, March Madness-style best-of brackets and fantasy drafts. Here at Bless You Boys we have been following the lead of Detroit Tigers Twitter in a fun draft game that allows the fans to build their own classic Tigers team using a fixed allotment of cash and a tiered selection of all-time players to choose from.

So far, you have had the opportunity to select your own infield with a $16 purse to work with and outfield with $9 in cash. The latest edition of this game allows you to select two classic starting pitchers and a reliever with a fist-full of $9 bills.

Here is how the players and their values break down.

Tigers pitcher values

Pos $5 $4 $3 $2 $1
Pos $5 $4 $3 $2 $1
SP Hal Newhouser Jack Morris Denny McLain Jim Bunning Hooks Dauss
SP Mickey Lolich Dizzy Trout Tommy Bridges Dan Petry Virgil Trucks
RP Willie Hernández John Hiller Mike Henneman Todd Jones Aurelio López

The selections appear to be rather limited with only two starters and one relief slot to fill, but there are no doubt some great names available. I selected Hal Newhouser ($5), Mike Henneman ($3) and Virgil Trucks at ($1). Newhouser is easily the best Tigers pitcher all-time not named Justin Verlander, while Mike Henneman was one of my favorite players of the late-80s-to-early-90s era and Virgil Trucks — who threw two no-hitters in 1952 — is an absolute steal for a buck.

My colleague Cody sarcastically went with Justin Verlander ($7!), Todd Jones and Danny Worth ($0) while Brady selected Jack Morris, Dan Petry and Henneman to create a nostalgic 1980s pitching corps; Rob also concurred with my picks and went with Newhouser, Trucks and Henneman.

With the latest selections, my composite draft team now appears to be complete in the following form.

DH: NONE

C: Mickey Tettleton ($1)

1B: Hank Greenberg ($5)

2B: Lou Whitaker ($4)

3B: Brandon Inge ($1)

SS: Alan Trammell ($5)

OF: Ty Cobb ($5)

OF: Curtis Granderson ($2)

OF: Magglio Ordóñez ($2)

SP: Hal Newhouser ($5)

SP: Virgil Trucks ($1)

RP: Mike Henneman ($3)

The three rounds of the draft comes to a total allotment of $34 to spend across the baseball diamond, and you can see above how I have dispersed my purse at each position. Now it is time for you to finish up your teams and post your results in the comments! If you have missed any of the previous rounds, you can find links to those below.