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Founded - 1901
Stadium - Comerica Park since 2000 (Detroit, Michigan)
Best Team Record - 101-53 (.656) 1934; AL Champions
Worst Team Record - 43-119 (.265) 2003; 5th Place AL Central
World Series Winners - 1935 def. Cubs 4-2; 1945 def. Cubs 4-3; 1968 def. Cardinals 4-3; 1984 def. Padres 4-1
Division Winners - 1907-1909, 1934 1935 1940 1945 1968 1972 1984 1987
Wild Card Winners - 2006

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4/1/10: Give Magglio His Due - I don't know about you, but I have always viewed Magglio Ordonez' time in Detroit as a huge disappointment other than his absurdly good 2007 season. Yet in some respects, he is one of the game's most consistent performers. In the 11 seasons since his rookie year, Magglio has only hit below .300 twice (once in just 52 games in 2004) and never below .292. His .312 career batting average ranks 8th among active players. Ordonez may not swing with as much power as he once did and he certainly will not justify the $18 million he is making this year, but he did hit .375 in 60 post-All-Star games last season and should be a big part of the Tigers' 2010 offense.   --KG

Franchise History

The Beginning - The Detroit Tigers were charter members of the American League in 1901. They made the World Series every year from 1907 to 1909, only to lose to the big brother league each time.

Best Trade in Team History - In 1960, the Tigers sent Steve Demeter to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for 25 year old Norm Cash. Demeter played to the Detroit Tigers for Steve Demeter. Demeter played exactly four games before disappearing from baseball, while Norm Cash went on to play 15 seasons for the Tigers, hitting 373 home runs.

Worst Trade in Team History - In 1987, the Tigers sent a prospect named John Smoltz to the Braves for Doyle Alexander. The immediate dividends went to the Tigers, as Alexander went 9-0 the rest of the way, but Smoltz went on to become one the Braves all time greats, both as a starter and a reliever.

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2009 Detroit Tigers Team Preview
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, you must be the 2009 Detroit Tigers.

2008 Detroit Tigers Team Preview
The 2008 Detroit Tigers would appear to be primed to have one of the best teams in recent baseball history.

2007 Detroit Tigers Team Preview
The Tigers are the only team in the AL Central division with both above average hitting and very good to excellent pitching.

2006 Detroit Tigers Team Preview
Expect a .500 ballclub, but don't be surprised if these Tigers reach 90 wins.

Overpaying for Pitching Part II 12/19/05
General Managers across the league are making a fatal error: they are only looking at the last line of statistics on these pitchers’ baseball cards, and therefore overpaying for pitching.

What is the Deal with Gold Gloves? 11/15/05
In winning the gold glove, Oakland's Eric Chavez robbed Detroit's Brandon Inge.

Moneyball Draft; Moneyball Daft 5/7/05
What role do the 2003 Tigers play in debunking Michael Lewis' book? Find out.

The Bagwell Conspiracy
Jeff Bagwell used steroids, and stands at the center of the baseball world as the steroid ring leader, the root of all steroid usage in the league. In fact, all major league steroid use can be traced directly to the Houston Astros first baseman. Read about what he did for the careers of Steve Finley and Luis Gonzalez in the revelation of Bagwell's Conspiracy.

Top Ten MVP Snubs of All Time
Which Detroit Tiger got most snubbed for the AL MVP? Hint: It wasn't Mickey Cochrane.

Detroit Tigers Archive

All Time Team
Manager
Best Overall Player
Best Overall Pitcher
Worst Overall Player
Worst Overall Pitcher
Most Overrated Player
Most Underrated Player
Best Player Name
Catcher
First Base
Second Base
Third Base
Shortstop
Utility
Left Field
Center Field
Right Field

Fourth Outfielder
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Relief Pitcher
Relief Pitcher
Sparky Anderson
Ty Cobb
Hal Newhouser
Fred Hatfield
Greg Gohr
Willie Hernandez
Lu Blue
Virgil Trucks
Bill Freehan
Hank Greenberg
Charlie Gehringer
George Kell
Alan Trammell
Lou Whitaker
Bobby Veach
Ty Cobb
Sam Crawford
Harry Heilmann
Al Kaline
Mickey Lolich
Tommy Bridges
Hal Newhouser
Jack Morris
Dizzy Trout
John Hiller
MIke Henneman
All Time Leaders
Games
At-Bats
Runs
Hits
Doubles
Triples
Home Runs
Runs Batted In
Stolen Bases
Total Bases
Batting Average
On-Base Percentage
Slugging Percentage
OPS
Games Pitched
Innings Pitched
Wins
Losses
Strikeouts
Bases on Balls
ERA
Shutouts
Saves
2834 - Al Kaline
10591 - Ty Cobb
2088 - Ty Cobb
3900 - Ty Cobb
665 - Ty Cobb
284 - Ty Cobb
399 - Al Kaline
1805 - Ty Cobb
869 - Ty Cobb
5466 - Ty Cobb
.368 - Ty Cobb
.433 - Ty Cobb
.607 - Hank Greenberg
1.019 - Hank Greenberg
545 - John Hiller
3394.0 - George Mullin
223 - Hooks Dauss
182 - Hooks Dauss
2679 - Mickey Lolich
1227 - Hal Newhouser
2.34 - Harry Coveleski
39 - Mickey Lolich
154 - Mike Henneman
Single Season Leaders
At-Bats
Runs
Hits
Doubles
Triples
HR
RBI
SB
TB
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Games

Innings
Wins
Losses
Strikeouts
Walks
ERA
Shutouts
Saves
679 - Harvey Kuenn, 1953
147 - Ty Cobb, 1911
248 - Ty Cobb, 1911
63 - Hank Greenberg, 1934
26 - Sam Crawford, 1926
58 - Hank Greenberg, 1938
183 - Hank Greenberg, 1937
95 - Ty Cobb, 1915
397 - Hank Greenberg, 1937
.420 - Ty Cobb, 1915
.486 - Ty Cobb, 1915
.683 - Hank Greenberg, 1938
1.122 - Hank Greenberg, 1938
88 - Mike Myers, 1997
88 - Sean Runyan, 1998
382.1 - George Mullin, 1904
31 - Denny McLain, 1968
23 - George Mullin, 1904
308 - Mickey Lolich, 1971
158 - Joe Coleman, 1974
1.64 - Ed Summers, 1908
9 - Denny McLain, 1969
42 - Todd Jones, 2000
Hall of Fame
Al Kaline
Charlie Gehringer
Hank Greenberg
Harry Heilmann
Hal Newhouser
Sam Crawford
Ty Cobb
George Kell
Jim Bunning



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Award Winners
MVP Winners
Ty Cobb - 1911
Mickey Cochrane - 1934
Hank Greenberg - 1935
Charlie Gehringer - 1937
Hank Greenberg - 1940
Hal Newhauser - 1944
Hal Newhauser - 1945
Denny McLain - 1968
Willie Hernandez - 1984


Cy Young Winners
Denny McLain - 1968
Denny McLain - 1969 (shared)
Willie Hernandez - 1984

Rookies of the Year
Harvey Kuenn - 1953
Mark Fidrych - 1976
Lou Whitaker - 1978
Justin Verlander - 2006

Firemen of the Year
Willie Hernandez - 1984
Todd Jones - 2000

Kingman Award
Walt Dropo - 1952
Rocky Colavito - 1960
Rob Deer - 1991
Marcus Thames - 2008

Alex Gonzalez of the Marlins
none
Mark Redman
Jeremy Bonderman - 2007
Edwin Jackson - 2009
Club Members
Triple Crown Hitters
Ty Cobb - 1909 - 9/107/377

Triple Crown Pitchers
Hal Newhouser - 1945 - 25/212/1.81

3-4-5 Club
Ty Cobb
Harry Heilmann
Hank Greenberg

100-Plus Club
Ty Cobb (5/119) 1907
Ty Cobb (4/108) 1908
Sam Crawford (5/120) 1910
Ty Cobb (8/127) 1911
Sam Crawford (7/115) 1911
Sam Crawford (4/109) 1912
Bobby Veach (3/112) 1915
Sam Crawford (4/112) 1915
Bobby Veach (11/113) 1920
Harry Heilmann (19/139) 1921
Bobby Veach (16/128) 1921
Bobby Veach (9/126) 1922
Harry Heilmann (10/114) 1924
Harry Heilmann (13/134) 1925
Harry Heilmann (14/120) 1927
Dale Alexander (25/137) 1929
Harry Heilmann (15/120) 1929
Dale Alexander (20/135) 1930
Charlie Gehringer (11/127) 1934
Hank Greenberg (26/139) 1934
Hank Greenberg (36/170) 1935
Goose Goslin (9/109) 1935
Goose Goslin (24/125) 1936
Charlie Gehringer (15/116) 1936
Hank Greenberg (40/183) 1937
Hank Greenberg (41/150) 1940
Rudy York (33/134) 1940
Al Kaline (27/128) 1956

500 Outs Club
Jake Wood - 1961
Rusty Staub - 1978
Ron Leflore - 1978
Travis Fryman - 1992

50 Home Run Club
Hank Greenberg (58) 1938
Cecil Fielder (51) 1990

30-30 Club Members
none

Sub-2.00 ERA
1.64 - Ed Summers, 1908
1.81 - Hal Newhouser, 1945
1.96 - Denny McLain, 1968