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Outside The Confines: A sad weekend for Detroit Tigers fans

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One a retirement by choice, the other a potential career-ending surgery.

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Two of the biggest stories to unfold over this past weekend (excluding the Padres clinching a postseason berth for the first time in 14 years) both have their roots with the Detroit Tigers.

The first major bit of breaking news was revealed directly by Justin Verlander on his Instagram account, in which he announced that he and his doctors had come to the unfortunate conclusion that the next step for him was going to be Tommy John surgery. Verlander has missed almost the entire 2020 season following an injury, and now it appears he will miss the entire 2021 season as well.

What this means for the Houston Astros ace, who rose to prominence with the Detroit Tigers, is that when he does return to baseball in 2022, he will be a 39-year-old free agent.

The other major story out of Detroit this week is that Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire has retired effective immediately. Gardenhire, a cancer survivor during his tenure as a bench coach with the Arizona Diamondbacks, has had some minor health issues throughout the season, and made the difficult decision for himself and his family to remove the added stress of managing a major league team, and to go into his retirement immediately.

Naturally, a few of our links today will touch on these stories.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.