2012 Detroit Tigers season

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2012 Detroit Tigers
American League Champions
American League Central Champions
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 2012 Detroit Tigers season was the team's 112th season. On October 1, 2012, the Tigers clinched the AL Central title, the club's first repeat title since 19341935.[1] They finished the regular season 88–74. They defeated the Oakland Athletics in the American League Divisional Series, 3 games to 2.[2] It was the Tigers' second consecutive ALDS win. The Tigers went on to sweep the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series [3] before being swept themselves by the San Francisco Giants in the World Series.[4]

Roster moves[edit]

Releases[edit]

  • On October 29, the Tigers released relief pitcher Joel Zumaya to free agency.[5]
  • On December 12, the Tigers released utility infielder Will Rhymes to free agency.[7]
  • On March 12, the Tigers released relief pitcher David Pauley. On March 15, Pauley cleared waivers and became a free agent.[8]
  • On April 26, the Tigers released veteran infielder Brandon Inge after 12 seasons.[9]

Key injuries[edit]

  • On December 16, the team announced that relief pitcher Al Alburquerque had surgery on his pitching elbow, to replace a stress fracture.[10]
  • On January 17, it was reported that designated hitter/catcher/infielder Víctor Martínez tore his ACL and needs surgery to repair it.[11] On March 12, the team placed Martinez on the 60-day disabled list and declared him out for the season.[12]

Signings and key returns[edit]

The Tigers signed free agent first baseman Prince Fielder on January 24.
  • On November 18, the Tigers signed catcher Gerald Laird to a one-year contract. Laird had been the Tigers' primary catcher for the 2009 and 2010 seasons.[14]
  • On December 9, the Tigers announced a one-year deal with relief pitcher Octavio Dotel. There is an option for the 2013 season.[17]

Trades[edit]

Delmon Young's arrest[edit]

On April 27, 2012, an intoxicated Delmon Young was arrested for third-degree assault and an “aggravated harassment hate crime” in New York City after a confrontation with a group of Jewish tourists in which he made antisemitic remarks outside of their hotel before a series against the Yankees. Later in the day, Young issued a statement apologizing for his actions. On April 30, Young was suspended without pay for seven games, and ordered to undergo therapy.[27] His next court date is November 7, 2012. If convicted, Young could possibly serve a year in jail, however his lawyers are currently attempting to reach a plea deal with the Manhattan district attorney.[28]

Individual accomplishments[edit]

All-Stars[edit]

The Tigers sent three players to the All-Star Game: pitcher Justin Verlander (fifth appearance), third baseman Miguel Cabrera (seventh appearance, third with the Tigers), and first baseman Prince Fielder (fourth appearance, first with the Tigers). Fielder was voted in as a starter,[39] and won the Home Run Derby with 28 home runs, the second time in his career and his first with the Tigers.[40] Fielder also won a Silver Slugger Award.[33]

Standings[edit]

American League Central[edit]

American League Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
(3) Detroit Tigers 88 74 0.543 50–31 38–43
Chicago White Sox 85 77 0.525 3 45–36 40–41
Kansas City Royals 72 90 0.444 16 37–44 35–46
Cleveland Indians 68 94 0.420 20 37–44 31–50
Minnesota Twins 66 96 0.407 22 31–50 35–46


American League Wild Card[edit]

Division Winners W L Pct.
New York Yankees 95 67 0.586
Detroit Tigers 88 74 0.543
Oakland Athletics 94 68 0.580


Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
Baltimore Orioles 93 69 0.574
Texas Rangers 93 69 0.574
Tampa Bay Rays 90 72 0.556 3
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 89 73 0.549 4
Chicago White Sox 85 77 0.525 8
Seattle Mariners 75 87 0.463 18
Toronto Blue Jays 73 89 0.451 20
Kansas City Royals 72 90 0.444 21
Boston Red Sox 69 93 0.426 24
Cleveland Indians 68 94 0.420 25
Minnesota Twins 66 96 0.407 27


Game log[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Postseason[edit]

American League Division Series[edit]

American League Championship Series[edit]

World Series[edit]

Main article: 2012 World Series

Record vs. opponents[edit]

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


Roster[edit]

2012 Detroit Tigers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

(*) = Was on team for part of 2012 season.

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG SB
Alex Avila
116
367
42
89
21
2
9
48
.243
2
Jeff Baker
15
35
1
7
2
0
0
4
.200
0
Quintin Berry
94
291
44
75
10
6
2
29
.258
21
Brennan Boesch
132
470
52
113
22
2
12
54
.240
6
Miguel Cabrera
161
622
109
205
40
0
44
139
.330
4
Andy Dirks
88
314
56
101
18
5
8
35
.322
1
Brad Eldred
5
16
1
3
1
1
0
1
.188
0
Prince Fielder
162
581
83
182
33
1
30
108
.313
1
Avisail García
23
47
7
15
0
0
0
3
.319
0
Bryan Holaday
6
12
3
3
1
0
0
0
.250
0
Omar Infante
64
226
27
58
7
5
4
20
.257
7
Brandon Inge
9
20
2
2
1
0
1
2
.100
0
Austin Jackson
137
543
103
163
29
10
16
66
.300
12
Don Kelly
75
113
14
21
2
1
1
7
.186
2
Gerald Laird
63
174
24
49
8
1
2
11
.282
0
Jhonny Peralta
150
531
58
127
32
3
13
63
.239
1
Hernan Perez
2
2
1
1
0
0
0
0
.500
0
Ryan Raburn
66
205
14
35
14
0
1
12
.171
1
Ramón Santiago
93
228
19
47
7
1
2
17
.206
1
Omir Santos
3
8
0
1
0
0
0
1
.125
0
Danny Worth
43
74
9
16
3
0
0
3
.216
0
Delmon Young
151
574
54
153
27
1
18
74
.267
0
Matt Young
5
10
2
1
1
0
0
1
.100
0

Pitching[edit]

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Starters[edit]

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP R ER BB K
Doug Fister 10 10 3.45 26 26 0 161⅔ 73 62 37 137
Rick Porcello 10 12 4.59 31 31 0 176⅓ 101 90 44 107
Aníbal Sánchez 4 6 3.74 12 12 0 74⅔ 36 31 15 57
Max Scherzer 16 7 3.74 32 32 0 187⅔ 82 78 60 231
Justin Verlander 17 8 2.64 33 33 0 238⅓ 81 70 60 239

Bullpen[edit]

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP R ER BB K
Al Alburquerque 0 0 0.68 8 0 0 13⅓ 1 1 8 18
Collin Balester 2 0 6.50 11 0 0 18 14 13 11 12
Duane Below 2 1 3.88 27 1 0 46⅓ 25 20 8 29
Joaquín Benoit 5 3 3.68 73 0 2 71 31 29 22 84
Phil Coke 2 3 4.00 66 0 1 54 28 24 18 51
Casey Crosby 1 1 9.49 3 3 0 12⅓ 13 13 11 9
Octavio Dotel 5 3 3.57 57 0 1 58 23 23 12 62
Darin Downs 2 1 3.48 18 0 0 20⅔ 8 8 9 20
Luis Marte 1 0 2.82 13 0 0 22⅓ 7 7 9 19
José Ortega 0 0 3.38 2 0 0 2⅔ 1 1 1 4
Luke Putkonen 0 2 3.94 12 0 1 16 7 7 8 10
Daniel Schlereth 0 0 10.29 6 0 0 7 10 8 5 6
Jacob Turner 1 1 8.03 3 3 0 12⅓ 11 11 7 7
José Valverde 3 4 3.78 71 0 35 69 34 29 27 48
Brayan Villarreal 3 5 2.63 50 0 0 54⅔ 20 16 28 66
Thad Weber 0 1 9.00 2 0 0 4 4 4 2 1
Adam Wilk 0 3 8.18 3 3 0 11 11 10 3 7

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Toledo Mud Hens International League Phil Nevin
AA Erie SeaWolves Eastern League Chris Cron
A Lakeland Flying Tigers Florida State League Dave Huppert
A West Michigan Whitecaps Midwest League Ernie Young
Short-Season A Connecticut Tigers New York-Penn League Andrew Graham
Rookie GCL Tigers Gulf Coast League Basilio Cabrera

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Lakeland

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tigers are the ones to reclaim AL Central title MLB.com, October 1, 2012
  2. ^ Verlander sends Tigers to second straight ALCS MLB.com, October 12, 2012
  3. ^ Party to the Max: Tigers sweep way to Series MLB.com, October 18, 2012
  4. ^ Fall cleaning: Giants sweep Series in Detroit MLB.com, October 28, 2012
  5. ^ Was Tuesday Joel Zumaya's swan song? Despite surgery, he wants to stay Tiger by Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, October 12, 2011
  6. ^ Magglio, Guillen Not Expected Back in Detroit MLB.com November 1, 2011
  7. ^ Tigers Do Not Tender Will Rhymes a Contract For the 2012 Season MLB.com December 12, 2011
  8. ^ Tigers part ways with struggling righty Pauley MLB.com March 12, 2012
  9. ^ Detroit Tigers sever ties with Brandon Inge, but 'heart will always be in Detroit' MLive.com, April 26, 2012
  10. ^ Tigers Al Alburquerque Undergoes Elbow Surgery to Fix Stress Fracture MLB.com December 16, 2011
  11. ^ V-Mart could miss season because of ACL tear MLB.com January 17, 2012
  12. ^ Tigers injury report MLB.com
  13. ^ Tigers exercise 2012 team option on Valverde MLB.com October 28, 2011
  14. ^ Tigers, Catcher Gerald Laird Reunite With One-Year Contract MLB.com November 18, 2011
  15. ^ Tigers Add Five Prospects to 40-Man Roster MLB.com November 18, 2011
  16. ^ Tigers re-sign Santiago to a two-year contract MLB.com November 30, 2011
  17. ^ Tigers Sign Veteran Reliever Dotel For One Year MLB.com December 9, 2011
  18. ^ Tigers Agree to Terms With Porcello, Coke MLB.com January 16, 2012
  19. ^ Tigers Sign Remaining Arbitration-Eligible Trio MLB.com January 17, 2012
  20. ^ Prince, Tigers reportedly reach nine-year deal MLB.com January 24, 2012
  21. ^ Cabrera, Prince will anchor the corners for Tigers FoxSportsDetroit.com January 26, 2012
  22. ^ Tigers Re-Acquire Zach Miner From Royals MLB.com April 20, 2012
  23. ^ Tigers Swing Deal For Right-Hander Balester MLB.com December 9, 2011
  24. ^ Rosecrans, C. Trent. CBS Sports, July 23, 2012. "Tigers land Anibal Sanchez, Omar Infante from Marlins."
  25. ^ Tigers acquire utilityman Baker from Cubs MLB.com, August 6, 2012
  26. ^ Braves acquire Jeff Baker from Tigers CBSSports.com Retrieved on August 31, 2012
  27. ^ Delmon suspended seven days by MLB MLB.com, April 30, 2012
  28. ^ Tigers' Delmon Young hopes to reach hate-crime deal USA Today, August 3, 2012
  29. ^ Fister sets AL strikeout mark against Royals MLB.com, September 27, 2012
  30. ^ Miggy secures first Triple Crown since 1967 MLB.com, October 3, 3012
  31. ^ Miggy beats Trout to add AL MVP to collection MLB.com, November 15, 2012
  32. ^ Fall Classic foes Miggy, Posey win Aaron Award MLB.com, October 27, 2012
  33. ^ a b Miggy, Prince are Silver Slugger winners MLB.com, November 8, 2012
  34. ^ AL Strikeout Leaders CBS Sports
  35. ^ David Price wins 2012 American League Cy Young Award cbssports.com on November 14, 2012
  36. ^ Delmon Young delivers Game 1 victory to Detroit Tigers after Jose Valverde blows four-run lead MLive.com, October 14, 2012
  37. ^ Clutch hitting earns Young ALCS MVP honors MLB.com, October 18, 2012
  38. ^ Wilson names Jackson Tigers' top defensive player MLB.com, November 5, 2012
  39. ^ Prince, Miggy, Verlander named AL All-Stars MLB.com, July 1, 2012
  40. ^ Twice crowned: Tigers' first Derby winner a Prince MLB.com, July 9, 2012

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Preceded by
Detroit Tigers
2011
AL Central Championship Season
2012
Succeeded by
Detroit Tigers
2013
Preceded by
Texas Rangers
2011
American League champion
2012
Succeeded by
Boston Red Sox
2013