Detroit Tigers Information
The Detroit Tigers first season was in 1901. The Tigers won three consecutive American League pennants from 1907-1909 under manager Hugh Jennings and were led by Hall of Famer Ty Cobb. In 1968 during a volatile time in Detroit the one thing that somewhat kept the city together was the Tigers. The team that year was led by 31 game winner Denny McLain and the Tigers took the pennant that year by 12 games and then defeated the highly favored St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series with Al Kaline and Mickey Lolich playing key roles.
The Tigers have had ups and downs through the years and the 1989 season being their rock bottom lowest season losing 103 games. The team moved out of legendary Tiger Stadium in 1999 and moved into the spacious Comerica Park. 2006 served as monumental for the club after winning the AL Central Division and advancing all the way to the World Series. They upset the New York Yankees and swept the Oakland Athletics, eventually losing the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Leading into 2007 the Tigers traded for Gary Sheffield, Brandon Inge, Jeremy Bonderman, and Carlos Guillen. Along with the new deals, the Tigers returned 22 out of 25 players from their World Series roster. Despite a new attendance record for Detroit they failed to make the playoffs, ending their campaign at 88-74. After acquiring Edgar Renteria, Miguel Cabrera, and Dontrelle Willis, expectations were high again for 2008. The talented roster never clicked, which resulted in a 74-88 regular season record. 2009 concluded in a heartbreaking loss to the Minnesota Twins in a one-game tiebreaker for the Division.
In 2010, they signed veteran outfielder Johnny Damon, had a near perfect game from pitcher Armando Galarraga, and had first baseman Miguel Cabrera come in second in the AL MVP voting, but still finished third in the division at 81-81.
2011 had the Tigers clinch the AL Central Division, led by Justin Verlander and his AL MVP award winning season. They won 95 games in the regular season, and after beating the Yankees in the first round of the playoffs, were eliminated by the Texas Rangers in the ALCS.
During the 2012 offseason, the Tigers made a pivotal move by signing first baseman, Prince Fielder to a nine year deal. With their new acquisition, along with Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers are in a good position to follow up their successful 2011 season in the new year.