Season Recap: The Tigers suffered through a season of injuries to finish 66–96 after showing signs that they were ready to compete the AL Central. The team’s young pitchers were asked to handle a big workload and they did fairly well. That experience should come in handy in 2023. Among the highlights for Detroit fans were Miguel Cabrera’s 3,000th hit and the arrival of 21-year-old outfielder Riley Greene, who looks like a future All-Star. Newcomer Javier Baez led the Tigers in hits, runs, homers and RBIs, but did not have a good year by his usual standards. If Greene and young slugger Spencer Torkelson continue to improve, Detroit should be fun to watch next year.
July 10, 2022: Outfielder Robbie Grossman was charged with his first error since 2018. His 440 games in a row with an error set a new major-league record.
April 23, 2022: Miguel Cabrera singled against the Rockies for the 3,000th hit of his career. He became the seventh players with 3,000 hits and 500 home runs. Ty Cobb and Al Kaline are the only other players to get their 3000th hits wearing a Detroit uniform.
Season Preview: Is this the year the Tigers’ rebuilding plan produces a division crown? Javier Baez hopes so. The superstar signed a deal to join Detroit over the winter, along with catcher Tucker Barnhardt and pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez. They join pitchers Tarik Skubal, Casey Mize, and Gregory Soto, sluggers Jeimer Candelario and Austin Meadows, and rookie stars Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson. If veteran Miguel Cabrera has anything left in the tank, this will be the time to find out.
Season Recap: Although the Tigers did not win more games than they lost, the team played far better than baseball experts expected. Detroit fans got to see good things from youngsters Casey Mize, Tarik Skubal, and Akil Baddoo—as well as veterans Jeimer Candelario, Robbie Grossman, Gregory Soto, and Jonathan Schoop. With a little more luck, Detroit could have finished above .500 for the first time since 2016.
May 18, 2021: Spencer Turnbull no-hit the Mariners, winning 5–0. Two years earlier, Turnbull led the AL in losses. It was the second time in less than two weeks that Seattle failed to make a hit in a game.
April 4, 2021: Rookie Akil Baddoo became the 31st player in history to hit a home run on the first pitch he saw as a big-leaguer.
Season Preview: It has been a long time since the Tigers won more than 70 games, but this could be the year thanks to some talented young pitchers led by Tarik Skubal. New catcher Wilson Ramos will handle the staff, while Detroit fans are keeping their fingers crossed for a last hurrah from future Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera.
Season Recap: Six of Detroit’s best hitters missed time due to illness or injury in 2020, which ruined a season of hope for the team. The Tigers have some quality players, but had trouble putting their best nine players on the field at the same time. The club’s standouts included infielders Jeimer Candelario and Will Castro, and pitcher Matthew Boyd. All-time great Miguel Cabrera led the team in homers and RBIs at the age of 37.
August 2, 2020: Tyler Alexander struck out nine Reds in a row to set a new record for relief pitchers.
Season Preview: Detroit has a team of veterans with some winning experience, but it will be an uphill battle to jump ahead of their rivals in the AL Central. Future Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera may be nearing the end of the line, but the Tigers still have some pop thanks to newcomers Jonathan Schoop and Austin Romine, as well as familiar faces Jacoby Jones and Nick Goodrum. Michael Fulmer and Joe Jimenez are expected to have solid years on the pitching side.
Season Recap: The Tigers knew 2019 would be a struggle, but they won just 47 times—the second-fewest wins in team history. It didn’t help that they traded away two of their top players during the season, Nick Castellanos and Shane Greene, or that not a single hitter hit more than 15 homers or knocked in 60 runs. The only bright spot for Detroit was the performance of three starting pitchers: Matthew Boyd, Daniel Norris, and Spencer Turnbull.
May 17, 2019: Ryan Pressley set a new record with his 39th scoreless appearance in a row.
April 7, 2019: Shane Greene earned seventh save in Detroit’s 10th game of the year. No one in history has ever reached seven saves faster.
Season Preview: The Tigers did not make any major moves over the winter in spite of back-to-back 98-loss seasons. Miguel Cabrera is the team’s cornerstone star but he only played 38 games in 2018. Fans would like to see much more of him in 2019. The Tigers would also like to see pitcher Michael Fulmer bounce back from a poor season,. However, if he does, they will probably trade him for young prospects.
Season Recap: Detroit’s pitching and defense did not keep up with its offense in 2018 and the result was a 64–98 record. Not that the hitting was very good. More than half the starters struck out over 100 times. Young players Nick Castellanos, Niko Goodrum and Jose Iglesias had solid years, but without Miguel Cabrera in the lineup—he missed half the year to injury—the team struggled to score runs.
August 26, 2018: The team retired the #3 uniform of new Hall of Famer Alan Trammell. Two weeks earlier, Jack Morris’s #47 was retired by the club.
Season Preview: The Tigers hope to rebuild their club quickly in 2018. After a flurry of trades in 2018, the team has some excellent young prospects, some of whom are ready to produce at baseball’s top level. For Detroit to keep from losing 100 games, they will need comeback seasons from Miguel Cabrera and Michael Fulmer—who missed time to injuries in 2017—and another solid season from right fielder Nicholas Castellanos.
Season Recap: Detroit fans suffered through a long, hard season. The team traded away Justin Verlander and J.D. Martinez and watched them lead the Astros to the AL pennant. Justin Upton and Alex Avila were also traded away. The good news is that the Tigers get the first pick in the 2018 draft. Their young players should help the team return to the playoffs soon.
July 11, 2017: Justin Upton went 1-for-2 in his first All-Star Game as a member of the Tigers.
November 1, 2016: Only two Detroit pitchers won 10 or more games in 2016 and the hitters simply could not make up the difference. The Tigers finished four wins short of the playoffs despite big years from Miguel Cabrera, J.D. Martinez and Ian Kinsler. Pitcher Michael Fulmer went 11–7 after joining the starting rotation from the minors and was named Rookie of the Year.
July 22, 2016: Miguel Cabrera scored the 1,500th run of his career.
May 24, 2016: Francisco Rodriguez became the 6th player in history with 400 saves after closing out a victory against the Phillies.
April 6, 2016: Victor Martinez set a record when he smacked pinch-hit home runs on the first two days of the season.
October 6, 2015: The Tigers were battling for first place before they lost 11 of 13 games in May and June. They traded away David Price and Yoenis Cespedes and finished in 5th place. Miguel Cabrera and JD Martinez were Detroit’s batting stars. The team’s pitching fell far short of expectations.
October 4, 2015: Miguel Cabrera finished the year with a .338 average to win his dourth batting title. He also had the best on-base percentage in the AL.
May 16, 2015: Miguel Cabrera became the 53rd player in history to reach 400 home runs.
April 5, 2015: No pitcher wants to face the Tigers with Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespides in the heart of the order. If Just Verlander and David Price continue pitching well, the Tigers will be tough to beat in 2015.
October 30, 2014: The Tigers won the AL Central after a season-long struggle with the Indians and Royals. Miguel Cabrera moved from third to first after the departure of Prince Fielder, and Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez made up for the loss of power with a combined 55 home runs. Max Scherzer had another fine year to lead Detroit’s pitchers, but they could not get past the Orioles in the opening round of the playoffs, 3 games to 0.
September 28, 2014: David Price fanned 8 Twins to finish the year as the AL leader, with 271 strikeouts. Price also led the league in innings pitched.
March 31, 2014: Prince Fielder is now on the Rangers, but thanks to Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers have enough hitting to win the AL Central again. That’s because of their great pitching staff, which includes Cy Young Award winners Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander. Detroit may hit fewer homers in 2014, but they can make up for that by stealing more bases.
November 14, 2013: Miguel Cabrera was named AL Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row. “Miggy” had the highest batting average (.348) in the league for the third season in a row, and a career-best .636 slugging average.
November 13, 2013: Max Scherzer was named the AL Cy Young Award winner for 2013. He was the only player in the majors to win 20 games. Scherzer received 28 of 30 first-place votes for the award.
October 19, 2013: The 2013 Tigers finished in first place for the third year in a row, doing something no Detroit club had done in more than 100 years. They won the AL Central with record-setting pitching, striking out 1,428 batters. Max Scherzer led the pitching staff with 21 victories and 240 strikeouts. Miguel Cabrera led the team in hits, runs, homers, RBIs and batting average. However, the Tigers did not have enough to get past the red-hot Red Sox in the ALCS.
September 29, 2013: Miguel Cabrera won his third AL Batting title in a row. The last Tiger to win three consecutive batting championships was Ty Cobb, from 1917 to 1919.
August 6, 2013: Miguel Cabrera became the sixth player to drive in 100 runs 10 seasons in a row.
July 11, 2013: Miguel Cabrera became the first player in history to have 30 homers and 90 RBIs by the All-Star Break.
April 26, 2013: Anibal Sanchez struck out 17 Braves to break the team record of 16 held by Mickey Lolich.
March 30, 2013: The Tigers look like the best team in the league in 2013, with Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera powering the offense and Justin Verlander leading a group of hard-throwing pitchers.
October 28, 2012: The Tigers had an excellent season, winning the AL Central with a record of 8874. It marked the first time since the 1930s that the team finished in first place two years in a row. Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, and Jose Valverde led the pitching staff, while outfielder Austin Jackson was the star of a solid defense. The big news in Detroit, however, was Miguel Cabrera¹s Triple Crown. He teamed with newcomer Prince Fielder to give the Tigers an awesome one-two punch. The Tigers defeated the Oakland A¹s and the New York Yankees in the playoffs, but fell short of a championship. They lost the World Series to the San Francisco Giants 4 games to 0.
October 3, 2012: Miguel Cabrera finished the year as the AL leader in homer runs (44), RBIs (139), and batting average (.330) to win the Triple Crown. The last player to win the Triple Crown was Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox, in 1967, 45 years ago! Only one other Tiger has won the Triple Crown—Ty Cobb, way back in 1909!
September 27, 2012: Doug Fister set a new American League record when he struck out nine batters in a row in a game against the Kansas City Royals. The old record of eight was shared by four players, including superstars Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens.
April, 2012: The BIG news in Detroit for 2012 is the arrival of Prince Fielder. He will team with Miguel Cabrera to give the Tigers an awesome 1-2 punch. If Fielder plays first base, then Cabrera may move back to his old position at third base. Either slugger could also serve as the team’s designated hitter.