By: Holly Horning & Kurt Snyder
‘Tis the season to be … Holly! And Kurt! We come bearing gifts. We’ve made a list and we have checked it twice. To these 20 Tigers, we have tried to be nice.
Our writers have chosen a gift for so many, but how many of these gifts did they share with each other? You guessed it … not any!
While we wait for Avila to start pulling the trigger, we will attack Christmas with much vim and vigor. Please see below as gifts will be awarded, to only the Tigers we feel were the most warranted. Enjoy!
Mr. I – A ring. Big with lots of diamonds and an Old English D.
Al Avila – Duct tape for those moments when he feels compelled to overshare.
Brad Ausmus – A new bench coach, preferably one under the age of 60.
Jim Leyland – A gorgeous retirement house far, far away in a land where baseball isn’t played.
Gene Lamont– The guest house at Leyland’s new retirement abode.
Dave Clark – The best vision care plan money can buy.
Daniel Norris – A personal trainer to shadow his every move in the weight room.
Michael Fulmer – Justin Verlander as his mentor for years to come.
Anibal Sanchez – Another pitcher to handle those 6th innings.
Justin Verlander – More run support to make it easier for award voters to see that he’s really the best pitcher out there.
Jordan Zimmermann – His own independent medical team.
Ian Kinsler – Universal recognition by everyone in baseball for his hard work, talent and leadership.
Tyler Collins – Etiquette lessons.
Miguel Cabrera – Continued good health.
Justin Upton – The best year of his career, for both personal and selfish reasons.
Nick Castellanos – Fan appreciation for his hard work in improving both offensively and defensively.
James McCann – Regular batting practice tutorials with Professor Miggy.
JD Martinez – A new defensive book to match the one he keeps on hitting.
Jose Iglesias – Ian Kinsler to remain as his double-play partner.
Victor Martinez – A new set of knees.
Brad Ausmus – let’s get this one out of the way. For Brad: A clue.
Mike Ilitch – A “For Sale” sign.
Al Avila – A link to Totally Tigers. It can only help.
Miguel Cabrera – Someone not named Romine who can play first so he can get a break 75 times a year.
Ian Kinsler – a ‘C’ on his chest across from the ‘D.’
Jose Iglesias – a Top Hat and a Rabbit.
Nick Castellanos – an injury free 2017 season.
Justin Upton – an order of bats for 6 months not 2.
JD Martinez – a no trade clause.
Justin Verlander – To the man who has everything. A ring.
Anthony Gose – an epiphany.
Jordan Zimmermann – a fresh dose of durability, preferably not from a needle.
Michael Fulmer – 18 victories for 2017.
Anibal Sanchez – from Jim Price, the return of his arsenal.
Mike Pelfrey – free trip back to Minnesota.
Stephen Moya – an outfield map and a glove.
Tyler Collins – a bird house
Daniel Norris – a ball … every 5th day.
Alan Trammell – a statue and a retired number.
Lou Whitaker – a statue and a retired number.