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Competing out of Major League Baseball’s American League Central Division, the Detroit Tigers have been thrilling fans in the Motor City since 1901. The Tigers are the oldest team to remain in the same city and keep the same name. That kind of consistency rolls right onto the field each season as the team is a constant threat to opponents on the baseball diamond.
A franchise history that dates back more than 115 years is bound to have produced some of the most legendary among MLB alumni. Among the greatest players to don the Tigers uniform are Al Kaline, Hank Greenberg, Charlie Gehringer, Alan Trammell, Lou Whitaker, Harry Heilmann, Sam Crawford, and Hal Newhouser. However, the most famous player ever to grace the Detroit Tigers lineup is the controversial Ty Cobb. Known as a tremendous competitor with a mean streak, Cobb’s 22 seasons in Detroit resulted in an AL MVP, Triple Crown, home run title, numerous batting titles, RBI titles, stolen base titles, and Hall of Fame honors. The only thing missing from his illustrious career in the big leagues is a World Series title. The Tigers have earned four Fall Classic victories over the years with wins in 1935, 1945, 1968, and their most recent in 1984. The inspiration drawn from these former players motivates the current squad each day as they arrive at Comerica Park.
Manager Brad Ausmus sets out to take that raw inspiration and mold it into a formula for winning that will carry this team to the post season and culminate in a World Series title. The team’s most recent trip to the World Series, a 2012 berth earned under former manager Jim Leyland ended in heartbreak. After defeating the New York Yankees in four straight ALCS games, the Tigers had the rug pulled out from under them, being swept by a San Francisco Giants team in the midst of a dynastic run.
Still stinging from this loss, the Tigers are looking for revenge. When a club is as loaded with talent as this one is, another shot at the World Series seems just around the corner. Led by Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers locker room is filled with stars such as Justin Verlander, Justin Upton, Ian Kinsler, Nick Castellanos, and Victor Martinez. Uplifting the spirits of a city going through rough times, the energetic atmosphere at Detroit Tigers games keeps the fans filling the seats each night. For more information about the current Detroit Tigers team, as well as the history of the club, click here.