2008 Detroit Tigers season

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2008 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Mike Ilitch
Manager(s) Jim Leyland
Local television Fox Sports Detroit
(Mario Impemba, Rod Allen)
Local radio Detroit Tigers Radio Network
(Dan Dickerson, Jim Price)
Stats ESPN.com
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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,[1][2] the Tigers started the season a disappointing 0-7, being swept by the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox. Their first victory of the season came against the Boston Red Sox. Not until the Tigers' 80th game did the team reach a .500 record.

Although 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 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.

Offseason[edit]

The Tigers started the offseason by trading prospects Jair Jurrjens and Gorkys Hernández to the Atlanta Braves for shortstop Edgar Rentería. Rentería took over the everyday shortstop job with Carlos Guillén moving to first base.

Reliever Joel Zumaya underwent surgery October 31, 2007 for AC joint reconstruction and is expected to miss half the 2008 season.[3]

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, re-signed Todd Jones, and Kenny Rogers to one-year contracts. They 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 Edgar Rentería at the end of the season.

Regular season[edit]

April[edit]

Date Opponent Runs Runs Against W/L Pitcher W/L/S
3/31 KC 4 5 0-1 Oviedo/Bautista/Soria
4/2 KC 0 4 0-2 Bannister/Rogers
4/3 KC 1 4 0-3 Grienke/Bonderman/Soria
4/4 CHW 5 8 0-4 Logan/Grilli/Jenks
4/5 CHW 3 5 0-5 Floyd/Miner/Jenks
4/6 CHW 2 13 0-6 Buehrle/Verlander
4/8 @BOS 0 5 0-7 Matsuzaka/Rogers
4/9 @BOS 7 2 1-7 Bonderman/Lester
4/10 @BOS 6 12 1-8 Wakefield/Robertson/Papelbon
4/11 @CHW 5 2 2-8 Lopez/Contreras/Jones
4/12 @CHW 0 7 2-9 Floyd/Verlander
4/13 @CHW 0 11 2-10 Vazquez/Rogers
4/14 MIN 11 9 3-10 Beltran/Neshek/Jones
4/15 MIN 6 5 4-10 Rapada/Crain/Jones
4/16 @CLE 13 2 5-10 Galarraga/Sabathia
4/17 @CLE 1 11 5-11 Hernandez/Verlander
4/18 @TOR 8 4 6-11 Rogers/Accardo
4/19 @TOR 2 3 6-12 McGowan/Bonderman/Ryan
4/20 @TOR 3 5 6-13 Burnett/Robertson/Accardo
4/21 @TOR 5 1 7-13 Galarraga/Marcum
4/22 TEX 10 2 8-13 Verlander/Padilla
4/23 TEX 19 6 9-13 Rapada/Francisco
4/24 TEX 8 2 10-13 Miner/Jennings
4/25 LAA 3 4 10-14 Santana/Robertson/Rodriguez
4/26 LAA 6 4 11-14 Lopez/O'Day/Jones
4/27 LAA 2 6 11-15 Weaver/Verlander
4/29 @NYY 6 4 12-15 Rogers/Hughes/Jones
4/30 @NYY 6 2 13-15 Bonderman/Pettitte
Totals 142 148 13-15

[1]

May[edit]

Date Opponent Runs Runs Against W/L Pitcher W/L/S
5/1 @NYY 8 4 14-15 Robertson/Albaladejo
5/2 @MIN 1 11 14-16 Hernandez/Galarraga
5/3 @MIN 1 4 14-17 Bass/Verlander/Nathan
5/4 @MIN 6 7 14-18 Guerrier/Miner/Nathan
5/5 BOS 3 6 14-19 Matsuzaka/Bonderman/Papelbon
5/6 BOS 0 5 14-20 Wakefield/Robertson
5/7 BOS 10 9 15-20 Jones/Papelbon
5/8 BOS 1 5 15-21 Beckett/Verlander
5/9 NYY 6 5 16-21 Rogers/Igawa
5/10 NYY 2 5 16-22 Rasner/Bonderman/Rivera
5/13 @KC 2 3 16-23 Oviedo/Cruceta/Soria
5/14 @KC 0 2 16-24 Hochevar/Verlander/Soria
5/15 @KC 4 8 16-25 Meche/Rogers
5/16 @ARI 3 4 16-26 Haren/Miner/Jones
5/17 @ARI 3 2 17-26 Galarraga/Scherzer/Jones
5/18 @ARI 0 4 17-27 Johnson/Robertson
5/20 SEA 12 8 18-27 Verlander/Silva/Jones
5/21 SEA 9 4 19-27 Rogers/Washburn
5/22 SEA 9 2 20-27 Bonderman/Batista/Dolsi
5/23 MIN 4 9 20-28 Slowey/Galarraga
5/24 MIN 19 3 21-28 Robertson/Bonser
5/25 MIN 1 6 21-29 Perkins/Cruceta
5/26 @LAA 0 1 21-30 Arredondo/Dolsi
5/27 @LAA 2 3 21-31 Santana/Lopez
5/28 @LAA 6 2 22-31 Galarraga/Saunders
5/30 @SEA 7 4 23-31 Robertson/Silva/Jones
5/31 @SEA 0 5 23-32 Hernandez/Verlander
Totals 119 131 10-17

[2]

June[edit]

Date Opponent Runs Runs Against W/L Pitcher W/L/S
6/1 @SEA 7 5 24-32 Miner/Putz
6/2 @OAK 2 3 24-33 Street/Cruceta
6/3 @OAK 4 5 24-34 Gaudin/Seay
6/4 @OAK 2 10 24-35 Duchscherer/Robertson
6/6 CLE 2 4 24-36 Byrd/Verlander/Borowski
6/7 CLE 8 4 25-36 Miner/Kobayashi/Jones
6/8 CLE 5 2 26-36 Galarraga/Sowers/Jones
6/9 CLE 2 8 26-37 Lee/Willis
6/10 CHW 6 4 27-37 Robertson/Contreras/Jones
6/11 CHW 5 1 28-37 Verlander/Vazquez
6/12 CHW 2 2 29-37 Jones/Dotel
6/13 LAD 5 0 30-37 Galarraga/Lowe/Dolsi
6/14 LAD 12 7 31-37 Bonine/Penny
6/15 LAD 5 4 32-37 Robertson/Park/Jones
6/16 @SF 6 8 32-38 Yabu/Dolsi
6/17 @SF 5 1 33-38 Rogers/Sanchez
6/18 @SF 7 2 34-38 Galarraga/Zito
6/20 @SD 2 6 34-39 Bell/Rodney
6/21 @SD 7 5 35-39 Robertson/Baek/Jones
6/22 @SD 5 3 36-39 Verlander/Wolf/Jones
6/24 STL 4 8 36-40 Looper/Rogers
6/25 STL 8 7 37-40 Jones/McClellan
6/26 STL 3 2 38-40 Seay/Parisi
6/27 COL 7 1 39-40 Bonine/Jimenez
6/28 COL 7 6 40-40 Dolsi/Fuentes
6/29 COL 4 3 41-40 Rogers/Reynolds/Jones
6/30 @MIN 5 4 42-40 Fossum/Guerrier/Zumaya
Totals 137 114 19-8

[3]

July[edit]

Date Opponent Runs Runs Against W/L Pitcher W/L/S
7/1 @MIN 4 6 42-41 Baker/Robertson/Nathan
7/2 @MIN 0 7 42-42 Blackburn/Bonine
7/3 @SEA 8 4 43-42 Verlander/Silva/Rodney
7/4 @SEA 1 4 43-43 Bedard/Rogers/Morrow
7/5 @SEA 2 3 43-44 Bedard/Rodney/Morrow
7/6 @SEA 2 1 44-44 Lopez/Burje/Jones
7/8 CLE 9 2 45-44 Verlander/Sowers
7/9 CLE 8 6 46-44 Jones/Lewis
7/10 MIN 6 7 46-45 Guerrier/Dolsi
7/11 MIN 2 3 46-46 Perkins/Galarraga/Nathan
7/12 MIN 5 6 46-47 Baker/Robertson/Nathan
7/13 MIN 4 2 47-47 Verlander/Blackburn/Jones
7/17 @BAL 6 5 48-47 Rogers/Olson/Jones
7/18 @BAL 4 7 48-48 Guthrie/Galarraga/Sherrill
7/19 @BAL 10 11 48-49 Sherrill/Dolsi
7/20 @BAL 5 1 49-49 Verlander/Burres
7/21 @KC 19 4 50-49 Miner/Hochevar
7/22 @KC 7 1 51-49 Rogers/Davies
7/23 @KC 7 1 52-49 Galarraga/Grienke
7/25 CHW 5 6 52-50 Carrasco/Jones/Jenks
7/26 CHW 6 7 52-51 Danks/Verlander/Jenks
7/27 CHW 6 4 53-51 Miner/Vazquez
7/28 @CLE 0 5 53-52 Byrd/Rogers
7/29 @CLE 8 5 54-52 Galarraga/Ginter
7/30 @CLE 14 12 55-52 Fossum/Rincon
7/31 @CLE 4 9 55-53 Hernandez/Verlander
Totals 152 129 13-13

[4]

Season standings[edit]

AL Central
W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago White Sox 89 74 .546 54–28 35–46
Minnesota Twins 88 75 .540 1 53–28 35–47
Cleveland Indians 81 81 .500 45–36 36–45
Kansas City Royals 75 87 .463 13½ 38–43 37–44
Detroit Tigers 74 88 .457 14½ 40–41 34–47

Record vs. opponents[edit]

Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL
Baltimore 6–12 4–5 4–4 4–3 5–3 3–6 3–3 7–11 0–5 8–2 3–15 4–5 6–12 11–7
Boston 12–6 4–3 5–1 5–2 6–1 1–8 4–3 9–9 6–4 6–3 8–10 9–1 9–9 11–7
Chicago 5–4 3–4 11–7 12–6 12–6 5–5 9–10 2–5 5–4 5–1 4–6 3–3 1–7 12–6
Cleveland 4–4 1–5 7–11 11–7 10–8 4–5 8–10 4–3 5–4 4–5 5–2 6–4 6–1 6–12
Detroit 3–4 2–5 6–12 7–11 7–11 3–6 7–11 4–2 3–6 7–3 3–4 6–3 3–5 13–5
Kansas City 3–5 1–6 6–12 8–10 11–7 2–3 6–12 5–5 6–3 7–2 3–5 2–7 2–5 13–5
Los Angeles 6–3 8–1 5–5 5–4 6–3 3–2 5–3 7–3 10–9 14–5 3–6 12–7 6–3 10–8
Minnesota 3–3 3–4 10–9 10–8 11–7 12–6 3–5 4–6 5–5 5–4 3–3 5–5 0–6 14–4
New York 11–7 9–9 5–2 3–4 2–4 5–5 3–7 6–4 5–1 7–2 11–7 3–4 9–9 10–8
Oakland 5–0 4–6 4–5 4–5 6–3 3–6 9–10 5–5 1–5 - 10–9 3–6 7–12 4–6 10–8
Seattle 2–8 3–6 1–5 5–4 3–7 2–7 5–14 4–5 2–7 9–10 3–4 8–11 5–4 9–9
Tampa Bay 15–3 10–8 6–4 2–5 4–3 5–3 6–3 3–3 7–11 6–3 4–3 6–3 11–7 12–6
Texas 5–4 1–9 3–3 4–6 3–6 7–2 7–12 5–5 4–3 12–7 11–8 3–6 4–4 10–8
Toronto 12–6 9–9 7–1 1–6 5–3 5–2 3–6 6–0 9–9 6–4 4–5 7–11 4–4 8–10

Game log[edit]

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Note: Pos. = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Player Pos. G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Dusty Ryan C 15 44 14 .318 2 7
Magglio Ordóñez RF 146 561 178 .317 21 103
Plácido Polanco 2B 141 580 178 .307 8 58
Mike Hessman 3B 12 27 8 .296 5 7
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
Curtis Granderson CF 141 553 155 .280 22 66
Edgar Rentería SS 138 503 136 .270 10 55
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
Dane Sardinha C 17 44 7 .159 0 3

Note: Pitchers' batting statistics not included

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Armando Galarraga 30 178⅔ 13 7 3.73 126
Freddy García 3 15 1 1 4.20 12
Jeremy Bonderman 12 71⅓ 3 4 4.29 44
Justin Verlander 33 201 11 17 4.84 163
Eddie Bonine 5 26⅔ 2 1 5.40 9
Kenny Rogers 30 173⅔ 9 13 5.70 82
Nate Robertson 28 168⅔ 7 11 6.35 108
Dontrelle Willis 8 24 0 2 9.38 3

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV HLD ERA SO
Jason Grilli * 9 0 1 0 0 3.29 10
Denny Bautista * 16 0 1 0 3 3.32 10
Joel Zumaya 21 0 2 1 5 3.47 22
Aquilino López 48 4 1 0 4 3.55 61
Freddy Dolsi 42 1 5 2 7 3.97 29
Clay Rapada 25 3 0 0 2 4.22 15
Zach Miner 45 8 5 0 6 4.27 62
Gary Glover * 18 1 1 0 3 4.43 15
Bobby Seay 60 1 2 0 13 4.47 58
Francis Beltrán 11 1 0 0 2 4.85 9
Fernando Rodney 38 0 6 13 5 4.91 49
Todd Jones 45 4 1 18 0 4.97 14
Francisco Cruceta 13 0 3 0 1 5.40 11
Casey Fossum 31 3 1 0 6 5.66 28
Chris Lambert 8 1 2 0 0 5.66 15
Kyle Farnsworth * 16 0 1 1 3 6.75 18
Yorman Bazardo 3 0 0 0 0 24.00 3

* Statistics only include games with Tigers

Roster[edit]

2008 Detroit Tigers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches


Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Toledo Mud Hens International League Larry Parrish
AA Erie SeaWolves Eastern League Tom Brookens
A Lakeland Flying Tigers Florida State League Andy Barkett
A West Michigan Whitecaps Midwest League Joe DePastino
Short-Season A Oneonta Tigers New York-Penn League Ryan Newman
Rookie GCL Tigers Gulf Coast League Basilio Cabrera

External links[edit]

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