At his core, Justin Verlander is not complex. Sure, there are the realities that have become embedded in the Detroit Tigers ace right-hander's personality: the baseball fame and the more famous fiancée, the mega millions salary and the life in the limelight, which can easily distract from the down-to-Earth demeanor that is often visible inside the Tigers clubhouse. On this night, he was only surrounded by a few familiar beat reporters inside the visitor's clubhouse at Globe Life Park. Verlander lounged in his chair, legs crossed, and transitioned with ease from the game that just happened – another Tigers loss, their ninth in the past 11 games – to a trade that might take place in the next couple weeks, or over the winter, or never.
Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler unloaded a series of grievances against Angel Hernandez on Tuesday, one day after the veteran umpire ejected him for arguing balls and strikes. Speaking to reporters, Kinsler said that Hernandez, who has been a major league umpire since 1993, "needs to re-evaluate his career choice" because he's "messing with baseball games." "I'm surprised at how bad an umpire he is," Kinsler said, according to the The Detroit News. "I don't know how, for as many years he's been in the league, that he can be that bad. He needs to re-evaluate his career choice, he really does. Bottom line. "If I get fined for saying the truth, then so be it. He's messing with baseball
Former major-league catcher A.J. Pierzynski broke years of silence to offer insight into a heated mound conversation with right-hander Yu Darvish when they were with the Texas Rangers in 2013. On Sept. 4 at Oakland, with the Rangers hanging on to the American League West lead, Darvish was again reluctant to use the fastball in favor of off-speed stuff. That brought out pitching coach Mike Maddux and Pierzynski, who had been prodding Darvish all season to use the fastball more often. The session did not go well. Darvish became animated and pointed toward the plate, telling Pierzynski to get back there. Pierzynski did not catch Darvish again that season. Pierzynski said he was trying to keep