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|Colors:||Midnight navy blue, orange & white|
|Hall of Famers:||Ed Barrow, Ty Cobb, Mickey Cochrane, Joe Gordon, Earl Averill, Jim Bunning, Mickey Cochrane, Sam Crawford, Larry Doby, Charlie Gehringer, Goose Goslin, Hank Greenberg, Harry Heilmann, Waite Hoyt, Al Kaline, George Kell, Heinie Manush, Eddie Mathews, Hal Newhouser, Al Simmons & Sam Thompson|
|Hall of Fame General Managers:||Hughie Jennings, Bucky Harris & Sparky Anderson|
|Rivals:||Cleveland Guardians, Chicago White Sox & New York Yankees|
|Legends:||Al Kaline, Ty Cobb, Lou Whitaker, Travis Fryman, Miguel Cabrera, Alan Trammell, Cecil Fielder, Alex Avila, Austin Jackson, Charlie Gehringer, Brandon Inge, Victor Martinez & Austin Jackson|
|Retired Numbers:||9: 2, 3, 5, 6, 11, 16, 23, 42 & 47|
|World Series Championships:||4: 1935, 1945, 1968 & 1984|
While the Detroit Tigers are known to be one of the charter members of the American League which was established in 1901, they were in fact plying their trade in the minor Western League where they would stay for six years until the American League changed the whole ballgame.
Six years later in 1901, the Tigers left the minor league to join the major league, becoming one of the first franchises to play in the American League which would rival the National League that had been established in 1867.
Four years into their new league, the Tigers then upped the ante when they signed future Hall of Famer and Tiger legend, Ty Cobb in 1905, and following his introduction it didn’t take long before the Tigers entered their first World Series.
Two years after Cobb’s arrival at the Tigers, the franchise entered a mini golden period as they made three consecutive World Series appearing in the 1907, 1908 and 1909 additions. They lost back-to-back World Series to the Chicago Cubs while in the 1909 series they went down to Pittsburgh Pirates.
From there on in, the Tigers suffered a downfall as for the next 24 years, they would finish in the bottom half of the American League often fluctuating between second, third, fourth, and to even seventh spot.
That all changed in 1934, where the Tigers returned to the top of the American League however, just like in their early appearances of the World Series they were left heartbroken once again, as they lost to the St Louis Cardinals.
With four World Series appearances to their name and each time coming back home empty-handed, the 1935 season was different as they were headlined by Hank Greenberg, Mickey Cochrane, Goose Goslin and Charlie Gehringer, they won 93 games which placed them in first place of the American League and more importantly they were three games clear from the New York Yankees who were in second place.
The Tigers then faced the National League winners, the Chicago Cubs, the third time they would meet in a World Series. Tigers fans were fearing the worst when the Cubs took out game 1 as it all seemed so familiar, but the Tigers rallied together to win the next three games, to give them a 3-1 series lead.
The Cubs took out game 5, to make the series 3-2, however, the Tigers learned their lesson from their previous meetings and took out game 6 and the Tigers won their first-ever World Series, ironically against the same opponent they lost two World Series too.
After falling down the ranks following their World Series triumph in 1935, the Tigers rose back up to win the American League in 1940, despite having two other teams hot on their heels as the Tigers finished with 90 wins, second-placed Cleveland Guardians with 89 and third-placed New York Yankees with 88 wins.
The Tigers once again made it to the World Series, where they would take on the Cincinnati Reds. It was a battle of attrition in the early stanzas of the series as the Tigers took out game 1 with the Reds taking game 2 before the Tigers responded with a game 3 victory.
From there they traded blows with the Reds winning game 5 and the Tigers winning game 6. Ultimately though, the Tigers fell just short as the Reds took out the remaining two games to win the World Series, the Reds won the series 4-3.
The following years from 1941-1945, the Tigers dropped down the rankings of the American League especially with star player Hank Greenberg going off to fight in World War II, they often finished between second to fifth spot.
Like in previous years, when they had faced adversity they had a knack off responding the following year and that is what happened in the 1945 season where they finished on top of the American League with 88 wins, and they also welcomed back Greenberg.
Once again they met the Chicago Cubs in the World Series, and thoughts must have been spurring through their head when they took out game 1 of the series reminiscent of their 1907 and 1908 encounters.
The Tigers responded with a win in game 2 but the Cubs won in game 3 giving them a vital 2-1 series lead heading into game 4. The Tigers though had different ideas as they took out games 4 and 5 which gave them a 3-2 lead.
It would go down the wire as the Cubs evened up the series with a win in game 6 forcing a game 7, but the Tigers proved to be too strong as they were winners in game 7 and they won their second World Series ironically over the same opponent they won their first World Series.
From there, the Tigers would suffer one of their worst periods as a franchise and it would be another 23 years before they squared off in another World Series. Throughout that time the Tigers would often finish between second place and eighth place, with their worst season appearing in 1952 where they recorded just 50 wins for the season.
By 1968, the dark days of the past 23 years all seemed forgotten when they finished the regular season in first place ending the previous two years in third spot. The Tigers also smashed out their best season since 1961, as they had 103 regular season wins, beating their 1961 record by two more wins.
It meant they would face the St Louis Cardinals in the World Series and their first since 1945, and it was another thrilling series as the Cardinals took out game 1 and from there it was a see-sawing affair.
The Tigers took out game 2, before the Cardinals took a 3-1 lead after they won games 3 and 4. The Tigers responded by winning the next three games to clinch the series 4-3 and to give them their third title.
The following season the American League and the National League expanded following the introduction of new teams which meant there would be division in each of the league and the Tigers were placed in the American League East Division.
They made a return to the playoffs in 1972, where they would take on the Oakland Athletics in the American League Championship Series (ALCS), the Tigers finished in first place in the American League East with 86 wins. The Tigers ended up losing the ALCS as they lost the series 3-2 to the Athletics.
It would be another long wait, but this one was worth it as the Tigers returned to the postseason in 1984, ending a 12-year drought. The Tigers won the American League East Division with 103 wins, which meant they progressed to the ALCS where they would face the Kansas City Royals.
The Tigers made light work in their encounter with the Royals, they won the series 3-0, handing them another shot at the World Series, where they would meet the San Diego Padres.
Once again the World Series nearly went down to the wire as the Tigers took out game 1, before the Padres responded with a win in game 2. But that little worry the Tigers had turned out to be a false dawn as the Tigers won the next three games to give them their third and to this day most recent World Series victory, and Alan Trammell was named MVP.
Despite making the ALCS in 1987 (in which they lost to the Minnesota Twins), the rest of the 80s and most of the 1990s saw the Tigers out of the spotlight and they finished between second place and seventh place. Things started to turn around for the Tigers by 2006, which also kicked off a somewhat successful eight years for the Tigers.
Although the Tigers finished second in the American League Central, with 95 wins, the Tigers made it all the way to the World Series, following wins in the American League Division Series (ALDS) over the New York Yankees, ALCS over the Oakland Athletics, where they would meet the St Louis Cardinals in the World Series.
The World Series wasn’t kind to the Tigers as they lost baseball’s biggest prize with a 4-1 series defeat. Without any postseason season action in four years, the Tigers returned in 2011, falling one game short from a World Series when they crashed out in the ALCS to the Texas Rangers.
Their next season though, they responded as they made it all the way to another World Series with wins over Oakland Athletics in the ALDS and the New York Yankees in the ALCS, but fell to the San Francisco Giants in the World Series 4-0.
The next two years saw the Tigers advance to the ALCS as they won the ALDS defeating the Oakland Athletics, but fell to the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS, as they once again fell one game short of a World Series appearance.
The following season the Tigers did appear in the postseason, however, it was a short visit as they lost to the Baltimore Orioles in the ALDS, it would also be the last time the Tigers would be in the postseason as well as the last time they would finish in first place.
Since then the Tigers have missed the postseason and have often finished between second and fifth spot. This was evident as the Tigers finished the 2019 season in fifth spot with 47 wins, and while the 2020 season was only 60 games due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tigers finished with 23 wins placing them fifth in the American League Central for the second time in a row.
The 2021 season was a bit of a struggle for the Tigers, as they finished with a season record of 77-85, this put them in third place in the AL Central. The White Sox and the Guardians were the two teams that finished high than the Tigers in the AL Central.
The Detroit Tigers finished the 2022 Major League Baseball season with a record of 66-96, which put them in fourth place in the American League Central Division. They did not qualify for the playoffs in 2022. While they looked competitive at the beginning of the season, they quickly ran out of steam and ended up as one of the worst teams in baseball.
If you are a fan of the Detroit Tigers, then you know that the only thing that matters right now is how they are expected to perform in the 2023 season. Do the Detroit Tigers have the star power to make it all the way to the World Series in 2023?
The 2023 season of MLB is here, and our experts have gone through the Detroit Tigers and found some key picks to note. Have a read below as we preview the Tigers upcoming season.
Coming into his 10th season as a Major League Baseball manager, A.J Hinch currently has a 713-633 regular season win-loss record in charge of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Houston Astros and now the Detroit Tigers. AJ Hinch will be coming into his third season as the manager of the Detroit Tigers.
At the conclusion of his eight year career as a player, Hinch retired with a .219 batting average to go along with 32 home runs and 112 RBIs in 350 games.
Not long after his retirement Hinch was hired by the Arizona Diamondbacks as the manager of minor league operations. Despite never having managed or coached a team at any level, Hinch replaced Bob Melvin as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009, becoming the youngest person to be named manager of a Major League team since Eric Wedge. Following a 31–48 start to his second season in charge, Hinch was fired with a 89–123 record in 212 games in-charge of the team.
After a four year stint as the vice president of professional scouting with the Padres, Hinch was named manager of the Houston Astros in 2014, replacing Bo Porter.
Hinch made one trip to the playoffs with a 170-154 win-loss record from his first two seasons in Houston. The Astros finished the 2017 season with a 101–61 record, winning their first division title in 16 years and first since joining the American League. In his second postseason, Hinch led the Astros to their first World Series victory, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games.
In the following two seasons, Hinch led the Astors to another two AL West division titles, once again taking Houston to the World Series in 2019, which they lost to Washington. Following their World Series defeat in 2019, Hinch was suspended for violating MLB policies in a sign stealing scandal. However at the conclusion of his one year suspension, Hinch was named the manager of the Detroit Tigers, agreeing to a three-year contract.
He enters the 2023 season with a career 713-633 regular season win loss record and in two years with Detroit he has a record of 143-181 after finishing last season at 66-96.
Since making his Major League debut in 2014, Javier Baez has been one of the best players in the league and the best player in the Cubs dugout. Javier Baez will be entering his second season with the Detroit Tigers after signing a six year contract following the 2021 season.
Baez became one of the biggest names in MLB in just his third season, as a member of the Cubs 2016 World Series championship team. Báez hit at a .318 batting average with five RBIs, four doubles, and two stolen bases in the NLCS series, where he was named the series’ MVP.
Since then, Baez has been named a two time All-Star (2018-19), Gold Glove Award recipient (2020), Silver Slugger Award recipient (2018), National League RBI Leader (2018) and a four time Fielding Bible Award recipient (2016-18 and 2020).
At such a young age, Baez is undeniably one of the best fielders in the league and if he can return to his 2018 form at the plate, Baez will be one of the best offensive and defensive players in the majors. Last season he had 132 hits, 17 homeruns and drove in 67 runs batted in while appearing in 144 games for the Detroit Tigers.
Spencer Torklson is still young, but he is a vital pierced of the Detroit Tigers success as well heading into the 2023 season. He is a former number one overall draft pick and it only took him less than two seasons to make his major league baseball debut. However, when he got up here, he struggled for a while, and has been back-and-forth between the minors over the past couple of seasons. Which means 2023 should be his first full season with the Detroit Tigers as long as he remains productive and they will need him to be if they want to compete for a playoff appearance this season.
The Detroit Tigers were given +3000 odds to win the 2023 American League Central division this season. Their odds to win the American League Pennant were +10000 prior to the season starting.
While their odds to take home the Commissioner’s Trophy and win the World Series were set at +20000. Their total over/under for victories this season is set at 69.5, With odds of (-105) for the over and (-115) for the under. Last season they managed to finish the season with a record of 66-96.
Their odds to win their division are the lowest odds out of the five teams. While their odds to win the American League pennant are the third lowest out of 15 teams. They rank 24th in total odds among the entire league to win the World Series this season out of thirty teams.
Still got some burning questions about the Detroit Tigers? Well, we have answered some of the most common questions people have, hopefully, you will find the answer you are looking for below!
Where do the Detroit Tigers play?
The Detroit Tigers play their games at Comerica Park.
Who owns the Detroit Tigers?
The Detroit Tigers are owned by Christopher Ilitch.
Have the Detroit Tigers won an MLB World Series?
The Detroit Tigers have won four World Series in 1935, 1945, 1968 and 1984.
Who is the Detroit Tigers general manager?
Al Avila is the general manager of the Detroit Tigers.
Do the Detroit Tigers play tonight?
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What is the Detroit Tigers record?
The Detroit Tigers had a 66-96 win-loss record for the 2022 MLB season.
Did the Detroit Tigers win last night?
Fans of the Detroit Tigers are all wanting to know if they won the game last night. You can find more information in relation to the team’s recent form in games on the page at the top.
How much are the Detroit Tigers worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the Detroit Tigers are worth $1.4 billion.
Who do the Detroit Tigers play tonight?
Like a lot of things in the MLB, things change pretty quickly. So, if you are looking for more information about who the Detroit Tigers play tonight, you have come to the right place. We have all this information for you in detail, you can find these details for upcoming games at the top of the page.
How to watch the Detroit Tigers?
You can watch the Detroit Tigers games on Fox Sports Detroit and on the MLB.TV.
Will the Detroit Tigers make the playoffs this year?
The Detroit Tigers did not make the playoffs in the 2022 MLB season as they finished in 4th place in the American League Central with a 66-96 win-loss ratio.
When do the Detroit Tigers play?
Detroit Tigers fans are always looking for more information about when their team plays the next game. For all the information you have been craving and more, be sure to check the top of this page. Here at SportsTips, we list all the information you need like the time of the first pitch, location of the game, and the all-important MLB odds.
Where did the Detroit Tigers finish the season?
The Detroit Tigers finished the 2022 MLB season in 4th place in the American League Central.
How many games did the Detroit Tigers win?
The Detroit Tigers won 66 games during the 2022 MLB season.
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