2019 Detroit Tigers season
The 2019 Detroit Tigers season is the team's 119th season. This is the team's second year under manager Ron Gardenhire.
|2019 Detroit Tigers|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Christopher Ilitch; Ilitch family trust|
|General manager(s)||Al Avila|
|Local television||Fox Sports Detroit|
(Matt Shepard, Kirk Gibson, Jack Morris)
|Local radio||Detroit Tigers Radio Network|
(Dan Dickerson, Jim Price)
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Beginning this season, Fox Sports Detroit television announcers Mario Impemba and Rod Allen, who had been together since 2003, will no longer be in the broadcast booth. Their contracts were not renewed due to an alleged physical altercation that occurred after the game on September 4, 2018. On January 14, 2019, veteran sportscaster Matt Shepard was named play-by-play man, former Tigers teammates Kirk Gibson and Jack Morris were named color commentators, and Dan Petry was hired as a second studio analyst. Gibson was also named special assistant to the general manager on January 28. Shepard will sit out 17 games, with Morris, Gibson, Petry and field reporter/studio analyst Craig Monroe sharing his duties during those games.
- On October 3, infielder Dixon Machado elected free agency. On December 3, he first signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins with an invitation to spring training. Machado ended up signing a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs on March 30 after being released by the Marlins at the end of spring training.
- On October 24, outfielder Jim Adduci elected free agency after being dropped from the 40-man roster. On December 19, he signed a minor-league contract with the Chicago Cubs.
- On October 25, pitcher Artie Lewicki was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
- On October 29, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia elected free agency. On January 28, 2019, he announced his retirement.
- On November 5, shortstop José Iglesias elected free agency. On February 23, Iglesias signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds with an invitation to spring training.
- On November 14, pitcher Warwick Saupold signed a one-year contract with the Hanwha Eagles of the KBO.
- On Nobember 18, pitcher Jacob Turner signed a one-year contract with the Kia Tigers of the KBO.
- On November 30, the Tigers announced they would not tender contracts to catcher James McCann and relief pitcher Alex Wilson, making them free agents. On December 19, McCann signed a one-year $2.5 million contract with the Chicago White Sox. On February 9, Wilson first signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians but opted out of that contract to sign a major league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on March 22.
- On December 10, outfielder Mike Gerber was claimed off waivers by the San Francisco Giants.
- On February 4, pitcher Francisco Liriano signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- On September 6, the Tigers claimed outfielder Dustin Peterson off waivers from the Atlanta Braves.
- On November 2, the Tigers claimed relief pitcher José Fernández off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays and utility player Brandon Dixon from the Cincinnati Reds.
- On December 4, the Tigers signed pitcher Matt Moore to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
- On December 4, the Tigers signed catcher Bobby Wilson to a minor league deal. He was released on March 22 and re-signed on March 24. His contract was selected on June 14.
- On December 10, the Tigers signed pitcher Tyson Ross to a one-year, $5.75 million contract.
- On December 13, the Tigers selected pitcher Reed Garrett in the Rule 5 draft. He was returned to the Texas Rangers on May 19.
- On December 14, the Tigers signed shortstop Jordy Mercer to a one-year, $5.25 million contract.
- On January 10, the Tigers agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with relief pitcher Shane Greene, avoiding arbitration.
- On January 11, the Tigers avoided arbitration when they reached one-year deals with right fielder Nicholas Castellanos, and pitchers Matthew Boyd, Blaine Hardy and Daniel Norris.
- On January 22, Gordon Beckham signed a minor league contract. On March 23, 2019, the Tigers added him to their 25 man roster.
- On February 15, the Tigers signed pitcher Michael Fulmer to a one-year, $2.8 million contract following a salary arbitration hearing.
- On February 23, the Tigers signed infielder Josh Harrison to a one year, $2 million contract.
- On May 26, the Tigers claimed pitcher Austin Adams off waivers from the Minnesota Twins.
- On June 5, the Tigers signed their first-round pick in the 2019 MLB draft, outfielder Riley Greene, to a $6.18 million contract.
American League CentralEdit
|American League Central||W||L||Pct.||GB||Home||Road|
|Chicago White Sox||42||48||0.467||15||25–20||17–28|
|Kansas City Royals||33||62||0.347||26½||19–29||14–33|
Record against opponentsEdit
2019 American League Records
Source: AL Standings Head-to-head
Updated with the results of all games through July 15, 2019.
- On April 3, the Tigers became the third team since 1900 to win at least four of its first seven games when scoring a combined 12-or-fewer runs, joining the 1913 Philadelphia Phillies and the 1971 New York Mets.
- On April 4 against the Kansas City Royals, the Tigers won the game while recording more walks (7) than hits (6). The Tigers scored twice in the seventh inning without recording one hit, as they drew four consecutive walks, followed by a sacrifice fly.
- On March 28 against the Toronto Blue Jays, Jordan Zimmermann took a perfect game into the seventh inning, before allowing a two-out infield single to Teoscar Hernández.
- On March 31 against the Toronto Blue Jays, Matt Moore took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, before a one-out single by Richard Ureña ruined the no-hit bid.
- On April 3 against the New York Yankees, Matthew Boyd recorded a career-high 13 strikeouts. Boyd posted 10 strikeouts in his first start, becoming the first Tigers pitcher since 1908 to start the season with consecutive double-digit strikeout games. Boyd also set a record for the most strikeouts by a visiting pitcher at the current Yankee Stadium. His 13 strikeouts were the most by a Tigers pitcher since Max Scherzer recorded 14 in August 2014.
- On April 4 against the Kansas City Royals, Spencer Turnbull recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts. With Boyd's 13 strikeouts the day before, this marked the first time that Tigers pitchers had double-digit strikeouts in consecutive games since Rick Porcello and Aníbal Sánchez in 2014.
- On April 7 against the Kansas City Royals, Shane Greene became the first pitcher in Major League history to earn seven saves in his team's first 10 games since saves became an official MLB statistic in 1969.
- On April 10 against the Cleveland Indians, Shane Greene extended his saves record, becoming the first pitcher in Major League history to earn eight saves in his team's first 12 games since 1969.
- On July 4 against the Chicago White Sox, Matthew Boyd became the first pitcher in the live-ball era to record 13 strikeouts and zero walks in six innings or fewer in a game.
- On April 6 against the Kansas City Royals, Christin Stewart became the first Tigers rookie player to hit a grand slam since Brennan Boesch in 2010.
- On May 8, Ronny Rodríguez fell a home run shy of the cycle, hitting a single, double, and triple, to help the Tigers defeat the Los Angeles Angels, 10–3.
- On May 31, Niko Goodrum fell a triple shy of the cycle, going 5-for-5, with two singles, a double and two home runs, to help the Tigers defeat the Atlanta Braves, 8–2. He became the first Tigers player to go 5-for-5 with two home runs and three extra-base hits in a game since Dmitri Young in 2003. He also was the first player to have five hits while playing for the first time in his home state since Ohio-born Pete Susko did so for the Washington Senators at Cleveland in 1934.
|2019 Game Log: 29–60 (Home: 12–32; Away: 17–28)|
March/April: 13–14 (Home: 6–5; Away: 7–9)
May: 9–18 (Home: 3–12; Away: 6–6)
June: 5–20 (Home: 3–12; Away: 2–8)
July: 2–8 (Home: 0–3; Away: 2–5)
August: 0–0 (Home: 0–0; Away: 0–0)
September: 0–0 (Home: 0–0; Away: 0–0)
|Legend: = Win = Loss = Postponement|
Bold = Tigers team member
- a The game was suspended due to rain in the bottom of seventh inning with the score 3–5 in favor of the Athletics. It is scheduled to be completed on September 6 prior to the regularly scheduled September 6 game in Oakland. The Tigers will be designated the "home" team.
- b The game was played at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska.
Detroit Tigers roster
|Active roster||Inactive roster||Coaches/Other|
60-day injured list
|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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