2018 Detroit Tigers season
The 2018 Detroit Tigers season was the team's 118th season. It was the team's first year under a mostly new coaching staff led by new Manager Ron Gardenhire. It was the fourth consecutive season they missed the playoffs, finishing with the same record as the previous season, 64–98, but good for third place in the American League Central division.
|2018 Detroit Tigers|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Christopher Ilitch; Ilitch family trust|
|General manager(s)||Al Avila|
|Local television||Fox Sports Detroit|
(Mario Impemba, Matt Shepard, Rod Allen, Kirk Gibson)
|Local radio||Detroit Tigers Radio Network|
(Dan Dickerson, Jim Price)
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It was the last season for television announcers Mario Impemba and Rod Allen, who had been together since 2003. Their contracts were not renewed due to an alleged physical altercation after the game on September 4.
Starting this season, the Tigers changed the classic curved Old English D logo on their home uniforms to match that of the sharp cornered hat logo, which is now larger.
- On October 20, the Tigers announced Ron Gardenhire was named the successor to Brad Ausmus as the Tigers' manager, and signed to a three-year contract.
- On November 2, the Tigers named Chris Bosio as pitching coach, Ramón Santiago as first-base coach, Phil Clark as assistant hitting coach, Rick Anderson as bullpen coach, Steve Liddle as bench coach, and Joe Vavra as quality control coach. Also on November 2, the Tigers announced Lloyd McClendon would return as hitting coach and Dave Clark would return as third-base coach.
- On June 27, 2018, the Tigers terminated pitching coach Chris Bosio's contract due to "insensitive comments that violated Club policy and his Uniform Employee Contract." Bullpen coach Rick Anderson was then promoted to pitching coach.
- On November 2, utility player Andrew Romine was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Mariners. Also on November 2, the Tigers announced they declined the team option on pitcher Aníbal Sánchez, making him a free agent. On March 16, Sánchez signed a minor-league contract with the Atlanta Braves.
- On December 1, the Tigers announced they would not tender a contract to relief pitcher Bruce Rondón, making him a free agent. On February 1, Rondón signed a minor-league contract with the Chicago White Sox.
- On December 28, free agent pitcher Kyle Ryan left the Tigers and signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs.
- On May 15, pitcher Chad Bell was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Braves.
- On May 22, the Tigers released pitcher Jairo Labourt. On May 29, Labourt signed a minor-league contract with the Chicago White Sox.
- On November 25, the Tigers agreed to a one-year, $795,000 deal with relief pitcher Blaine Hardy, avoiding arbitration.
- On December 5, the Tigers signed outfielder Leonys Martín to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.
- On December 8, the Tigers signed pitcher Mike Fiers to a one-year, $6 million contract.
- On December 14, the Tigers selected outfielder Víctor Reyes in the Rule 5 draft.
- On January 9, the Tigers signed catcher Brayan Peña to a minor league contract. Peña retired as a player on June 18, 2018, and went on to manage the Tigers' rookie league team in the Gulf Coast League.
- On January 11, the Tigers claimed pitcher Johnny Barbato off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Also on January 11, the Tigers signed catcher James McCann to a one-year, $2.375 million contract, avoiding arbitration.
- On January 17, the Tigers avoided arbitration when they reached one-year deals with right fielder Nicholas Castellanos, shortstop José Iglesias, and pitchers Shane Greene and Alex Wilson.
- On February 23, the Tigers signed pitcher Francisco Liriano to a one-year, $4 million contract.
- On August 10, the Tigers signed relief pitcher Zach McAllister to a major league contract. He pitched in just three games for the Tigers before being designated for assignment and electing free agency on August 22.
- On December 13, the Tigers traded second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for 18-year old pitching prospect Wilkel Hernandez and minor league outfielder Troy Montgomery.
- On July 31, the Tigers traded outfielder Leonys Martín and pitching prospect Kyle Dowdy to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for shortstop Willi Castro.
- On August 6, the Tigers traded pitcher Mike Fiers to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for two players to be named later or cash considerations. On August 18, the Athletics sent pitcher Nolan Blackwood to the Tigers as one of the players to be named later. On September 19, 2018, the Athletics sent pitcher Logan Shore to the Tigers to complete the trade.
American League CentralEdit
|Chicago White Sox||62||100||0.383||29||30–51||32–49|
|Kansas City Royals||58||104||0.358||33||32–49||26–55|
American League Wild CardEdit
|Boston Red Sox||108||54||0.667|
Wild Card teams|
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
|New York Yankees||100||62||0.617||+3|
|Tampa Bay Rays||90||72||0.556||7|
|Los Angeles Angels||80||82||0.494||17|
|Toronto Blue Jays||73||89||0.451||24|
|Chicago White Sox||62||100||0.383||35|
|Kansas City Royals||58||104||0.358||39|
Record against opponentsEdit
2018 American League Records
Source: AL Standings Head-to-head
Updated with the results of all games through September 30, 2018.
- On April 8, the Tigers won a game with two or fewer hits for the first time since July 11, 2004 against the Minnesota Twins.
- On May 28, the Tigers established a franchise record by hitting at least one double in 44 consecutive games, breaking the previous team record set in 1924. JaCoby Jones hit the record-breaking double in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels. The streak was extended to 53 consecutive games before ending on June 6 against the Boston Red Sox. This was the third-longest streak in Major League history since at least 1908.
- On July 15, the Tigers faced starter Justin Verlander for the first time since he was traded to the Houston Astros from the Tigers on August 31, 2017. Detroit won the game 6–3, while tagging Verlander for four home runs. It was only the third time in Verlander's career that he gave up four home runs in a game.
- On April 21 against the Kansas City Royals, Mike Fiers became just the second Tigers player since 1908 to give up 10 or more hits in fewer than six innings, strike out nobody and earn a victory, and the first Tigers player to do since Dan Petry in 1984.
- On April 22 against the Kansas City Royals, Francisco Liriano took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, before a home run by Whit Merrifield ruined the no-hit bid.
- On May 20 against the Seattle Mariners, Francisco Liriano took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, before a one-out single by Mitch Haniger ruined the no-hit bid.
- On August 3 against the Oakland Athletics, Blaine Hardy took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, before an infield single by Jed Lowrie ruined the no-hit bid.
- On August 31 against the New York Yankees, Jordan Zimmermann took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, before a two-run home run by Brett Gardner ruined the no-hit bid.
- On September 9 against the St. Louis Cardinals, Michael Fulmer took a perfect game into the sixth inning, before allowing a walk to Yairo Muñoz to start the inning.
- On April 25, Jeimer Candelario fell a triple shy of the cycle, hitting a single, double, and home run, to help the Tigers defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 13–10.
- On August 13 against the Chicago White Sox, Nicholas Castellanos went 5-for-5 with 5 RBIs. He became the first Tigers player with five hits in a game since Ian Kinsler in 2015, and the first with 10 total bases in a game since Justin Upton in 2017.
- On September 20 against the Kansas City Royals, Christin Stewart hit his first two major league home runs in his first two at-bats, and had six RBIs in the game. It was the first time a Tiger player hit his first two major league home runs in the same game since Brent Clevlen in 2006, the first time a Tiger rookie had a six-RBI game since Ryan Raburn had a seven-RBI game in 2007, and the first time since 1908 that a Tiger player had a six-RBI game within his first 11 career contests.
|2018 Game Log: 64–98 (Home: 38–43; Away: 26–55)|
March/April: 11–16 (Home: 6–8; Away: 5–8)
May: 15–14 (Home: 11–4; Away: 4–10)
June: 10–18 (Home: 6–9; Away: 4–9)
July: 10–14 (Home: 5–6; Away: 5–8)
August: 8–19 (Home: 6–7; Away: 2–12)
September: 10–17 (Home: 4–9; Away: 6–8)
|Legend: = Win = Loss = Postponement|
Bold = Tigers team member
|2018 Detroit Tigers|
|AAA||Toledo Mud Hens||International League||Doug Mientkiewicz|
|AA||Erie SeaWolves||Eastern League||Andrew Graham|
|A-Advanced||Lakeland Flying Tigers||Florida State League||Mike Rabelo|
|A||West Michigan Whitecaps||Midwest League||Lance Parrish|
|A-Short Season||Connecticut Tigers||New York–Penn League||Gerald Laird|
|Rookie||GCL Tigers East||Gulf Coast League||Jesus Garces|
|Rookie||GCL Tigers West||Gulf Coast League||Gary Cathcart|
|Rookie||DSL Tigers 1||Dominican Summer League||Ramon Zapata|
|Rookie||DSL Tigers 2||Dominican Summer League||Jesus Garces|
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