Spring Training is finally underway for the new-look Detroit Tigers as they begin their preparations for the 2018 Major League Baseball season.
As we know, the roster will look much different than it did a year ago as the team traded some of their previous core including Justin Verlander, Justin Upton, Ian Kinsler and J.D. Martinez.
On Tuesday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press tweeted out a playful message about how he had yet to see Verlander at the Tigers camp in Lakeland, Florida.
Tigers pitchers and catchers have reported to spring training but I still haven’t seen Justin Verlander. Will ask.
— Anthony Fenech (@anthonyfenech) February 13, 2018
Verlander, of course, was traded to the Houston Astros just before the MLB trade deadline last season and he went on to win his first World Series. It was a move that broke the hearts of many Tigers fans as JV had been a constant in the Old English D for so many years.
Upon seeing Fenech’s tweet, Verlander responded with a tweet of his own.
Anyone got #35?? 😳😳😳 https://t.co/dBKzZpiUVS
— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) February 13, 2018
Some of the responses to JV’s tweet show how much Tigers fans still care for their former Ace.
— Trent🤐 (@Sparty356) February 13, 2018
— Ryan (@RyanMicha3L) February 13, 2018
— Kelly E (@AngelMom037) February 13, 2018
— Jake McPherson (@JakeMcPherson13) February 13, 2018
— 𝙹𝚘𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚐 🏒☠️🇻🇦 (@josephkoss) February 13, 2018
LOOK: Projecting the Detroit Tigers 2018 Opening Day lineup
Spring Training is finally upon us!
It may be snowy and cold in Michigan but the Detroit Tigers are in sunny, warm Lakeland, Florida beginning their work for the 2018 Major League Baseball season.
For Tigers fans, the feeling is extremely different than it has been over the decade or so as the team is in full rebuild phase. Justin Verlander, J.D. Martinez, Justin Upton, and Ian Kinsler are among the players who are no longer wearing the Old English D, which means the 2018 Opening Day starting lineup will look much different than it did just one year ago.
Here is what the 2017 Opening Day lineup looked like, in case you forgot.
- Ian Kinsler (2B)
- Nicholas Castellanos (3B)
- Miguel Cabrera (1B)
- Victor Martinez (DH)
- Justin Upton (LF)
- Mikie Mahtook (RF)
- James McCann (C)
- JaCoby Jones (CF)
- Jose Iglesias (SS)
P – Justin Verlander (RHP)
Manager- Brad Ausmus