Admiration flows between Verlander, Morris

Admiration flows between Verlander, Morris

Admiration flows between Verlander, Morris
SAN FRANCISCO -- Four years after Jack Morris made headlines when he said he believed Justin Verlander was pitching hurt, the current and former Tigers pitching greats have a pretty good relationship going.

Morris has had pointed praise for Verlander while saying he'll need to focus less on strikeouts as he enters the next phase of his career. Verlander, meanwhile, considers Morris a source of advice.

"It wasn't like a mentor-type situation," Verlander explained Tuesday. "It was just I like to pick the brains of baseball players and guys that I've admired, and obviously he's one of them. So any opportunity I have to speak with those individuals, I don't take that for granted. I enjoy doing that.

"He came into the clubhouse in Minnesota [last year], and I had the opportunity, and we had a few minutes and just kind of sat down and talked shop. It wasn't any mind-blowing information or anything that you guys would want to hear, but it was just kind of sitting down and talking our craft."