The road to the World Series is always full of former Detroit Tigers, isn’t it?
Dave Dombrowski, Architect of Tigers’ 2012 World Series Team, Makes History
Dombrowski, now the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, made Major League baseball history by becoming the first manager to lead four different clubs to the World Series.
Dombrowski, who led the Tigers to a playoff run in 2012, made a major decision for the Phillies midseason when he fired Joe Girardi as manager and appointed Rob Thomson, who who went on a tear to lead the Phillies. championship round.
The Tigers fired Dombrowski as general manager in 2015, and hired Al Avila, who himself was fired last season after six fruitless years. Dombrowski led the Red Sox to a World Series title in 2018, and was then hired by the Phillies in 2020.
Dombrowski led the Marlins to a World Series title in 2003 as general manager.
Two Other Former Tigers Play Key Roles in the Series
Two more former Detroit Tiger stars will be featured in this year’s matchup between the Phillies and Houston Astros.
Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander will pitch Friday in the Series opener in Houston after posting a stellar 18-4 record with a league-low 1.75 Earned Average (ERA) in 2022.
In Philadelphia, starting pitcher Nick Castellanos will play a key role in the Phillies’ title quest. Playing in 136 games with the Phils, who play as a wild card in the playoffs, after finishing third in the NL East, Castellanos is hitting .263 with 13 home runs.
5 Angry and Embarrassing Things Detroit Tigers Owner Chris Ilitch Said at the Al Avila Firing Press Conference
Detroit Tigers owner Chris Ilitch held a press conference for a few minutes after announcing that he has fired Al Avila as the club’s general manager. Ilitch, who has been criticized as an aloof MLB owner with little interest in the Tigers, answered questions from reporters for about 20 minutes.
His answers were memorable, insightful, even downright apathetic. Here are the five worst things he said.
3 Big Reasons Why Theo Epstein Will Not Be the Next GM of the Detroit Tigers
The Tigers are officially looking for their next general manager. A popular name among fans and the media is Theo Epstein, who authored magical, curse-breaking championships with the Red Sox and Cubs.
His appeal is clear: a proven track record of success and championships, which he accomplished by reviving two historic baseball franchises caught in a cycle of mediocrity.
But Epstein will never be associated with the Tigers, at least as the franchise currently operates.