Many have talked and written about the Tigers getting younger. I decided to look at at the ages of the players on the opening day rosters in 2009 and 2010. I arbitrarily chose to use ages on May 1.
The Tigers are about 1/2 a year younger on average. The average age went from around 28.8 to 28.4 years. Despite this it does seem like a better and a team that will get younger the next few years.
The age did not fall so much because:
1. The returning players are a year older. But, many of these players are under 30 and will not decline much or actually may get better. Some of the older veterans- notably Guillen and Ordonez- are bound to have better years.
2. Damon is in his mid-30’s, but is only signed to a 1-year deal. When he departs the average age will likely drop.
3. Don Kelly, a 30 year old journeyman, will likely not be with the team long.
4. Ryan Raburn is older now than Josh Anderson was last year. Thankfully we have Raburn on the team instead of Anderson, however.
|Tigers 2009 Opening Day Roster (May 1 Ages)||Tigers 2010 Opening Day Roster (May 1 Ages)|
|Miguel Cabrera 26||Miguel Cabrera 27|
|Placido Polanco 33||Scott Sizemore 25|
|Adam Everett 32||Adam Everett 33|
|Brandon Inge 31||Brandon Inge 32|
|Ramon Santiago 29||Ramon Santiago 30|
|Jeff Larish 26||Don Kelly 30|
|Magglio Ordonez 35||Magglio Ordonez 36|
|Curtis Granderson 28||Austin Jackson 23|
|Marcus Thames 32||Johnny Damon 36|
|Josh Anderson 26||Ryan Raburn 29|
|Carlos Guillen 33||Carlos Guillen 34|
|Gerald Laird 29||Gerald Laird 30|
|Matt Treanor 33||Alex Avila 23|
|Starting Pitchers||Starting Pitchers|
|Justin Verlander 26||Justin Verlander 27|
|Rick Porcello 20||Rick Porcello 21|
|Armando Galarraga 27||Max Scherzer 25|
|Edwin Jackson 25||Jeremy Bonderman 27|
|Zach Miner 27||Dontrelle Willis 28|
|RH Relief Pitchers||RH Relief Pitchers|
|Brandon Lyon 30||Jose Valverde 32|
|Fernando Rodney 32||Eddie Bonine 29|
|Eddie Bonine 28||Joel Zumaya 25|
|Juan Rincon 30||Ryan Perry 23|
|Ryan Perry 22|
|LH Relief Pitchers||LH Relief Pitchers|
|Bobby Seay 30||Fu-Te Ni 27|
|Nate Robertson 31||Phil Coke 27|
|Brad Thomas 32|