2008 Detroit Tigers season
The Detroit Tigers 2008 season was the team's 108th season in Major League Baseball's American League. After being picked by many to win the AL Central Division and the World Series, the Tigers started the season a disappointing 0–7 after being swept by the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox. Their first victory of the season came against the Boston Red Sox. The Tigers did not reach a .500 winning record until their 80th game of the season.
|2008 Detroit Tigers|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Dave Dombrowski|
|Local television||Fox Sports Detroit|
(Mario Impemba, Rod Allen)
|Local radio||Detroit Tigers Radio Network|
(Dan Dickerson, Jim Price)
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Although they were eliminated from the pennant race by the season's final day (September 29), they nonetheless had to play a makeup game against the White Sox (who were trailing the Minnesota Twins by half a game), which Detroit had lost 8–2. The Tigers finished the season in last place in the AL Central, trailing the White Sox (who won the division by beating Minnesota in a one-game playoff the following day) by 14.5 games.
Despite the disappointing performance, the Tigers drew a franchise-record home attendance of 3,202,645 for the season. The team ranked third in the American League and eighth in Major League Baseball for home attendance in 2008.
The Tigers started the offseason by trading prospects Jair Jurrjens and Gorkys Hernández to the Atlanta Braves for shortstop Édgar Rentería. Rentería took over the everyday shortstop job with Carlos Guillén moving to first base.
The Tigers continued their offseason trading by acquiring Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis from the Florida Marlins in exchange for highly touted prospects Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller, along with Mike Rabelo, Eulogio De La Cruz, Burke Badenhop and Dallas Trahern. Willis would sign a three-year, 29-million dollar contract extension, while Cabrera would receive an eight-year, 152.3-million dollar deal, the biggest contract in Tigers history.
During the offseason, the Tigers traded Omar Infante to the Chicago Cubs for Jacque Jones. They re-signed Todd Jones, and Kenny Rogers to one-year contracts. The Tigers also signed free agent Francisco Cruceta from the Texas Rangers organization to a one-year contract. Cruceta and Jacque Jones were eventually released during the season, and Todd Jones retired at the end of the season. The Tigers declined the option to sign Édgar Rentería at the end of the season.
|Chicago White Sox||89||74||0.546||—||54–28||35–46|
|Kansas City Royals||75||87||0.463||13½||38–43||37–44|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
|Tigers win||Tigers loss||Game postponed|
|2008 Game Log (74–88)|
Note: Pos. = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
|Iván Rodríguez *||C||82||302||89||.295||5||32|
|Miguel Cabrera||1B, 3B||160||616||180||.292||37||127|
|Carlos Guillén||3B, 1B, LF||113||420||120||.286||10||54|
|Clete Thomas||LF, CF, RF||40||116||33||.284||1||9|
|Ramón Santiago||SS, 2B, 3B||58||124||35||.282||4||18|
|Michael Hollimon||2B, SS||11||23||6||.261||1||2|
|Jeff Larish||DH, 1B, 3B||42||104||27||.260||2||16|
|Matt Joyce||LF, RF||92||242||61||.252||12||33|
|Marcus Thames||LF, DH, 1B||103||316||76||.241||25||56|
|Ryan Raburn||LF, RF, 2B, 3B, CF||92||182||43||.236||4||20|
|Gary Sheffield||DH, LF||114||418||94||.225||19||57|
|Brent Clevlen||LF, CF, RF||11||24||5||.208||0||1|
|Brandon Inge||C, 3B, CF, LF||113||347||71||.205||11||51|
|Jacque Jones *||LF||24||79||13||.165||1||5|
Note: Pitchers' batting statistics not included
|Jason Grilli *||9||0||1||0||0||3.29||10|
|Denny Bautista *||16||0||1||0||3||3.32||10|
|Gary Glover *||18||1||1||0||3||4.43||15|
|Kyle Farnsworth *||16||0||1||1||3||6.75||18|
* Statistics only include games with Tigers
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