Tigers pitchers show off their plaids

Detroit Tiger pitchers
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David Price, Justin Verlander and Tim Melville appear ready to play some golf.
By Mark Aumann

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, March 06, 2015 | 12:45 p.m.

Of the many deductions you can make about the game of golf, there are two that come into play here.

1. Golfers generally gravitate toward bright and unusual clothing choices.
2. Baseball players, particularly pitchers, generally gravitate toward golf -- especially given a warm March afternoon in central Florida.

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So with those two hypotheses in mind -- may I present to you Cy Young Award winners Justin Verlander and David Price of the Detroit Tigers, along with spring training callup Tim Melville, all decked out for an afternoon of golf near Lakeland on Thursday afternoon:


Ready for golf today! #oldschool @davidprice14 and Tim Melville

A photo posted by Justin Verlander (@justinverlander) on


We know Verlander has some skills -- he participated in the 2013 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and has been invited to play at Augusta National. And according to Melville, Vroom hit some dandies:





Will the Tigers trio continue their golf outings once the season starts? Hard to know, but they'll be following in some pretty impressive footsteps. Former Tiger farmhand and soon-to-be Hall of Famer John Smoltz -- a scratch golfer in his own right -- was instrumental in setting up tee times for his fellow pitchers on the Atlanta Braves staff.

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That group included Russ Ortiz, who now runs a golf clothing business in Arizona.

The urge to golf is strong in baseball pitchers. As is the urge to wear funny outfits.