Detroit Tigers Talking 2018 Season At Detroit Economic Club

Greg Bowman & Brooke Allen
May 25, 2018 - 9:00 pm

WWJ / Greg Bowman

DETROIT (WWJ) - An opportunity for members of the Detroit Economic Club to talk baseball with the home team. 

While most baseball experts predicted a dismal season for the Tigers, with figures in the loss column nearing 100 games - the Detroit Tigers are realist but optimistic when talking about the 2018 season.  

Pitcher Michael Fulmer likes what he sees on this year's team.

"There's a bunch of veteran guys that lead this team," said Fulmer "that have been hurt a little bit, but I think they are doing better now but I think it's the fact that we have younger guys - and some more veteran guys - even in the minor leagues and have helped us tremendously. That's why we've been playing good right now, there's always somebody that's hungry, that wants to come up play and wants to come up and take your spot."

The team has lost popular stars like Justin Verlander and J.D. Martinez -- but General Manager Al Avila says the team had to rebuild with younger players and make other changes to stay competitive.

"Sometimes you have to do things that are not popular," said Avila. "Sometimes you are going to do things that you are going to get attacked from - and criticized but they are necessary and you have to take the right steps, and we've built an organization and a staff of people that believe in the process and that are professionals and are really going about their business in the right way."