New Facelift for the Detroit Tigers
The 2013 Detroit Tiger season didn't end on a high note, losing to the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS with Boston going on to win the World Series. After the season many changes took place.
First of all, manager Jim Leyland retired to a front office job. This took everyone by surprise, except the owner and GM. So the Tigers hired first-year manager Brad Ausmus, a former major league catcher who played with many teams, including Detroit. Ausmus is a Dartmouth grad who has never been a big league manager, but comes with many people feeling he will do a great job.
He has inherited a pretty potent group of great ballplayers. Miggy, Verlander, Scherzer, Kinsler, Victor, and Tori. Detroit has a very strong nucleus to compete for another divisional championship. They have also added some impressive new coaches on their new staff. This is a team built to win right now.
The Detroit Tigers goal is World Series or bust. this team also has many question marks. For instance, new manager, no Prince Fielder, Verlander healing after surgery, a new third baseman. It really can be a laundry list of negatives. But I feel with the drive, experience, and core of superstars the Tigers have this year could be golden in the fall.