The Detroit Tiger’s have had a number of famous players throughout their history, including Hal Newhouser, the only MLB pitcher to win consecutive MVP awards (in 1944-45), and who also appeared in seven straight all-star games from 1942-48. No baseball fan can forget Ty Cobb, one of the greatest players of all time, first Baseball Hall-of-Fame entrant, and a proud Tiger who batted a .367 average, the highest of all time, also taking home 12 batting titles, swinging 4,189 hits and scoring 2,246 runs during his career. Al Kaline played for the Detroit Tigers for more than 20 years, from 1953 to 1974, during which time he won 18-All-Star Awards and 10 Gold Gloves. Hank Greenberg was the first Jewish player to join the Baseball Hall of Fame, and also an outstanding hitter, who earned the nickname “Hammerin’ Hank” for his hard-hitting .313 batting average.
Recently defeated 4-1 in 2006 by the St. Louis Cardinals, The Detroit Tigers have won the World Series four times in the past, most recently in 1984, with historic wins in 1968, 1945, and 1935. In addition to these major victories, the team has won 11 American League pennants, and three consecutive ALC championships from 2011-2013.
In terms of announcing, Ernie Harwell gave the play-by-play for Tiger’s games for 42 years, with 55 years total broadcasting experience in the league: one might even say he stood there like the house by the side of the road and watched it (all) go by until 2002 when he retired, despite a brief lose in 1992. Nowadays, the play-by-play is given by veteran announcer Dan Dickerson with analysis provided by Jim Price, who was also a member of the 1968 World Series team.
The Detroit Tigers are currently owned by Mike Ilitch and managed by Brad Ausmus, who took over from Jim Leyland in 2013. Mike Ilitch is the founder and current owner of Little Caesar’s Pizza, and also owns the NHL Red Wings, pro-softball t Caesars, and arena football Drive, as well as Comerica Stadium, where the Detroit Tigers currently play since its construction in 2000.
Ausmus is a former catcher and Ivy-league graduate of Dartmouth who also played for the Padres, Astros, and Dodgers. Like Hank Greenberg, Ausmus is a proud Jewish player and he also managed the 2013 World Baseball Classic team for Israel. Since their turnaround in 2006, the Detroit Tigers have two main rivals, the Chicago White Sox, and the Cleveland Indians, who are both within reasonable driving distance for fans to attend games and shout “Let's go Detroit Tigers” to the opposing teams. The Chicago Cubs and the St Louis Cardinals are also significant rivals.
Miguel Cabrera, 2012 and 2013 league MVP, is a powerful hitter and strategic first baseman who currently calls the t Detroit Tigers home. Pitcher Justin Verlander, 2006 AL rookie of the year and 2011 MVP, currently throws for the Detroit Tigers and is an incredibly prolific pitcher with 30,608 pitches since his first season, more than anyone else in the league. Some critics question Verlander’s staying power, with current games witnessing his ERA jump more than 4 points, from 2.60 to 7.0, after the first three innings. Also pitching for the Detroit Tigers is Max Scherzer, a former Tiger for the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO who was the first Detroit Tigers pitcher to ever start a season 12-0.
He won the Cy Young Award in 2013 and played in the AL All-Star game because of his exceptional season that year. Interestingly, Scherzer has heterochromia, a condition where his right eye is blue and his left eye is brown. Second baseman Ian Kinsler is an excellent defensive and all-around player, who also played for MU before being drafted by the Rangers, then joining the Detroit Tigers in 2013 in a trade for Prince Fielder and $30 million. Victor Martinez, known as “V-Mart,” is a designated hitter and part-time catcher and first baseman who had his 1,500th career hit against the Chicago White Sox on April 23, 2014.
The Detroit Tigers are currently ranked second in the AL Central, with 37 wins and 32 losses, recently beating the Kansas City Royals, ending the Royals’ 10-game run 2 to 1 at Comerica Park on June 19, 2014. t is literally the most venerable team in the league, and has attracted a new set of fans after decades of disappointing seasons since their turnaround in 2006. Current prospects include Robbie Ray, and LH with an overall scouting grade of 55, Devon Travis, with an overall scouting grade of 50 who finished second in the minor leagues with a .351 batting average. With their mascot Paws and their countless fans around the United States and the world, this team is in great shape to move forward from their current level of success and eventually win another world series.