Entire starting rotation of 2014 Tigers has now won a World Series
In a case of curious happenstance sure to add another unwanted level of angst for Detroit Tigers fans, with the conclusion of the World Series and the Washington Nationals being crowned champs, every member of Detroit’s 2014 starting rotation has now won a title.
In light of the Nationals’ Game 7 victory over the Houston Astros, Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez have joined Justin Verlander (2017, Astros), as well as Rick Porcello and David Price — both of whom won a ring with the 2018 Boston Red Sox — as world champions.
The mind-blowing development was brought to light thanks to WXYZ Detroit’s Brad Galli.
The Detroit Tigers 2014 rotation:— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) October 31, 2019
Justin Verlander – 2017 World Series champ
Rick Porcello – 2018 World Series champ
David Price – 2018 World Series champ
Max Scherzer – 2019 World Series champ
Anibal Sanchez – 2019 World Series champ
Galli went on to share video of Scherzer and Sanchez celebrating the Nationals’ title on the field of Minute Maid Park.
Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez celebrating a World Series with the Nationals is a roller coaster of feelings. pic.twitter.com/yhtNyoyoyi— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) October 31, 2019
The 2014 Tigers went 90-72 and won the AL Central for the fourth consecutive season. Unfortunately, Detroit’s postseason run was short-lived, as the Tigers were swept by the Baltimore Orioles in the ALDS.
Things quickly began coming apart for the Tigers’ vaunted rotation shortly afterward. Porcello was traded to the Red Sox ahead of the 2015 season. Scherzer departed during the same offseason in free agency, signing a seven-year deal with Nationals.
Price was then traded to the Blue Jays at the 2015 trade deadline (joined the Red Sox ahead of 2016 season as a free agent). Verlander was later dealt to the Astros at the 2017 trade deadline.
Sanchez’s journey to a title was the most meandering. He signed with the Twins ahead of the 2018 season, but released before its start. He then spent time with the Braves before signing two-year deal with the Nationals ahead of 2019 season.
The Tigers, meanwhile, are in the midst of a grueling rebuild that has yet to show any encouraging signs of progress, as the team went 47-114 in 2019.
While Tigers fans could take some solace in the knowledge that their team boasted arguably one of the most talented starting rotations in the history of baseball just a few short years ago, odds are they will not.