Justin Verlander is hours away from pitching Game 6 of the 2017 World Series. In doing so, Verlander could clinch a first ring for both himself and his new club. Some writers have suggested that Verlander needs a World Series ring to validate his Hall of Fame legacy. Verlander pitched for the Tigers in two World Series but never brought home a ring (much to the dismay of Tigers fans – this author included – and long-time owner Michael Ilitch).
While we agree given his ‘resume’ as it stands, it shouldn’t be the case. Verlander won the Cy Young and the MVP award in 2011, but he should have left Detroit with at least one more Cy Young, maybe two. Read more