Johnny Damon, Jose Valverde Earn Their Tiger Stripes

Posted: 11th May 2010 by John Church in MLB
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The Tiger faithful love their team, and stand by their players through good and bad. That is, after said players have won them over. Johnny Damon and Jose Valverde didn't exactly hit the ground running in their first few games donning the Olde English D. It took Damon until mid April to get above the Mendoza line, and Valverde blew his very first save opportunity of the year (as many as Fernando Rodney blew all of last year). The moves were highly-questioned to begin with, within the Tigers fan base and outside it Many wondered why the Tigers would pay $14M to sign a closer rather than giving young guns Joel Zumaya or Ryan Perry a chance to earn the job. For reasons I still can't understand, some baseball experts actually contended the Tigers overpaid for Valverde. Many baseba ...

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