BAD SPORTS DAD
Next year the 37-year-old outfielder will suit up for the Tigers. Until then you'll find him carrying on at his son Torii Jr.'s games.
Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers. I heard of a lot of teams you might be going to. Why Detroit?
TORII HUNTER: It's the perfect fit. They want me to hit second in front of [Miguel] Cabrera. You can't beat that. Just look at that starting rotation: Verlander, Scherzer, Fister. I think this ball club can get it done.
So you joined the Tigers to avoid their pitching staff.
TH: Pretty much. I don't have to face those guys anymore. I get to watch everybody else strike out or pop up.
Were you surprised Mike Trout didn't win the Gold Glove?
TH: I was shocked. He had a really good year. [Gold Glove winner] Adam Jones is one of the best centerfielders in baseball. But Trout, being teammates, working with him every day ... whatever I'd tell that kid to do on defense, he went out the next day and got it done. He still wants to learn. He doesn't think he's all that. A lot of kids these days do.
Trout also fell short in the MVP race. Do you think he deserved it over Cabrera?