Saturday, March 29, 2008

Introducing your 2008 Detroit Tigers!

The Marlboro Man announced the Tigers' 25 man roster tonight. It's official, Clete Thomas is a Detroit Tiger, while Dane Sardinha's major league hopes were dashed.

Here's the 25 man roster that will start the season Monday...

Starting pitchers:
Justin Verlander
Kenny Rogers
Jeremy Bonderman
Nate Robertson
Dontrelle Willis

No surprises here, as we all knew these 5 would make up the rotation once the trade with the Marlins was made official.

Todd Jones
Denny Bautista
Jason Grilli
Zach Miner
Bobby Seay
Yorman Bazardo
Aquilino Lopez

Nothing exciting, as it was almost assured in the final week of spring training Bazardo and Lopez would take the final 2 spots. Still, now that we know who exactly is in the bullpen, anyone else get damn nervous? Really nervous?

Ivan Rodriguez

It's strange seeing just one full time catcher on the roster. Brandon Inge is your backup. He must be thrilled...

Carlos Guillen
Placido Polanco
Edgar Renteria
Miguel Cabrera
Ramon Santiago

Again, no surprises here, as we knew the day after the 2007 season ended this would be the Tigers' infield in 2008.

Jacque Jones
Magglio Ordonez
Marcus Thames
Clete Thomas

Here's your one real surprise coming out of spring training. Clete Thomas (Clete Thomas?) is a Tiger...For about 3 to 4 weeks, anyway.

Designated hitter:
Gary Sheffield

Sheff is not to go near any glove, unless it's a batting glove, in 2008.

Ryan Raburn

I'm genuinely glad to see Raburn in Detroit, he deserved to make the 25 man. He's played too well to be sent down.

Brandon Inge

Thanks to his quite large paycheck, it's not a surprise Inge remained a Tiger through the spring. But his being the backup catcher still is...

Overall, the everyday lineup looks absolutely killer, the starting pitching solid, the bench pretty damn good, and the bullpen...Ah, yes...The bullpen. The bullpen gives me the shivers and the heebie jeebies...At the same time. Seriously, there's definitely potential there, but few proven performers.

Despite the bullpen shivers, and missing the injured Curtis Granderson, you do have to like the Tigers roster.

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