Detroit Tigers award winners and league leaders

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Hank Greenberg, Hall of Famer and 2-time MVP

This is a list of award winners and league leaders for the Detroit Tigers professional baseball team.


Awards and achievements[edit]

American League Most Valuable Player Award (12)[edit]

American League Cy Young Award (5)[edit]

American League Triple Crown (4)[edit]

American League Rookie of the Year award (5)[edit]

American League Manager of the Year (3)[edit]

See footnote[1]

Fielding Bible Award (2)[edit]

Gold Glove Award (43)[edit]

Silver Slugger Award (33)[edit]

Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award (3)[edit]

Team (at all positions)
Second base (in MLB)

American League Championship Series MVP Award (3)[edit]

World Series MVP Award (2)[edit]

MLB "This Year in Baseball Awards"[edit]

See: This Year in Baseball Awards#Award winners
Note: Voted by fans as the best in all of Major League Baseball (i.e., not two awards, one for each league).

"This Year in Baseball Awards" MLB MVP[edit]

"This Year in Baseball Awards" Defensive Player of the Year[edit]

"This Year in Baseball Awards" Play of the Year[edit]

"This Year in Baseball Awards" Performance of the Year[edit]

"Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY)" Starting Pitcher[edit]

"Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY)" Closer[edit]

Players Choice Awards[edit]

Player of the Year[edit]

Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award[edit]

Outstanding Player[edit]

Outstanding Pitcher[edit]

Outstanding Rookie[edit]

MLB All-Century Team (1999)[edit]

See: Major League Baseball All-Century Team
  • Ty Cobb (1 of 10 outfielders)

MLB All-Time Team (BBWAA) (1997)[edit]

See: Major League Baseball All-Time Team
  • Ty Cobb (CF; runner-up)

DHL Hometown Heroes (2006)[edit]

  • Ty Cobb — voted by MLB fans as the most outstanding player in the history of the franchise, based on on-field performance, leadership quality and character value

USA Today AL MVP[edit]

USA Today AL Top Pitcher[edit]

American League Rolaids Relief Man Award[edit]

See footnote[2]

Sporting News AL Reliever of the Year Award[edit]

See footnote[2]

The Sporting News AL Fireman of the Year Award (1960–2000; for closers)[edit]

Sporting News AL Reliever of the Year Award (2001–present; for all relievers)[edit]

Sporting News AL Rookie of the Year Award[edit]

Topps All-Star Rookie teams[edit]

Sporting News American League Comeback Player of the Year[edit]

Hutch Award[edit]

Ford C. Frick Award (broadcasters)[edit]

J. G. Taylor Spink Award (baseball writers)[edit]

Team award[edit]

Team records (single-game, single-season, career)[edit]

Minor-league system[edit]

USA Today Minor League Player of the Year Award[edit]

Other achievements[edit]

National Baseball Hall of Fame[edit]

See: Detroit Tigers#Baseball Hall of Famers

Retired numbers[edit]

See: Detroit Tigers#Retired numbers and honorees

Tiger of the Year[edit]

The following players were selected as "Tiger of the Year" by the Detroit chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.[5]

  • 2017 – Justin Upton: .279 batting average; 28 home runs; 37 doubles; 94 RBIs; .904 OPS; .542 slugging
  • 2016 – Justin Verlander: 16–9 record; 3.04 ERA (2nd in AL); Led AL with 254 strikeouts and 1.00 WHIP; 6.61 WAR (1st in AL among pitchers)
  • 2015 – J. D. Martinez: .282 batting average; 33 doubles; 38 home runs (8th in AL); 102 RBIs (7th in AL); .879 OPS (9th in AL); .993 fielding percentage; 15 outfield assists (2nd in AL)
  • 2014 – Víctor Martínez: .335 batting average (2nd in AL); 103 RBIs; .409 on-base percentage (1st in AL); .974 OPS (1st in MLB)
  • 2013 – Miguel Cabrera: AL MVP; .348 batting average (1st in MLB); 44 home runs (2nd in MLB); 137 RBIs (2nd in MLB)
  • 2012 – Miguel Cabrera: AL MVP; Triple Crown winner; .330 batting average (1st in MLB); 44 home runs (1st in MLB); 139 RBIs (1st in MLB)
  • 2011 – Justin Verlander: AL MVP; Triple Crown winner; 24–5 record; 2.40 ERA
  • 2010 – Miguel Cabrera: .328 batting average; 38 home runs; 45 doubles; 126 RBIs; .622 slugging
  • 2009 – Justin Verlander: 19–9 record; 3.45 ERA; Led AL with 35 games started, 240.0 innings pitched, 269 strikeouts and 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings.[6]
  • 2008 – Miguel Cabrera: .292 batting average; 37 home runs (1st in AL); 36 doubles; 127 RBIs (3rd in AL); .537 slugging (7th in AL)
  • 2007 – Magglio Ordóñez: .363 average (led Major League Baseball); 54 doubles (led MLB); 139 RBIs (2nd in American League), .434 on base (2nd in AL), .595 slugging (4th in AL)
  • 2006 – Carlos Guillén: .320 average; .400 on base; .519 slugging; 41 doubles; 100 runs; No. 10 in AL MVP voting
  • 2005 – Plácido Polanco: 338 average and .461 slugging in 86 games
  • 2004 – Iván Rodríguez: Gold Glove at catcher; .334 average; .510 slugging; 33 doubles; No. 10 in AL MVP voting
  • 2003 – Dmitri Young: 29 home runs; .297 average; .372 on base; .537 slugging
  • 2002 – Randall Simon: 19 home runs; .301 average
  • 2001 – Steve Sparks: Led AL in complete games (8)
  • 2000 – Bobby Higginson: .300 average; .538 slugging; 40 doubles; 30 home runs; 102 RBIs; 104 runs; 19 OF assists
  • 1999 – Dean Palmer: 38 home runs; 100 RBIs; .518 slugging
  • 1998 – Damion Easley: 38 doubles; 27 home runs; 100 RBIs
  • 1997 – Tony Clark: 32 home runs; 117 RBIs; 105 runs; .500 slugging
  • 1997 – Bobby Higginson: .299 average; .379 on base; .520 slugging; 27 home runs; 20 OF assists
  • 1996 – Travis Fryman: 22 home runs; 100 RBIs
  • 1995 – Travis Fryman: .275 average; 81 RBIs
  • 1994 – Kirk Gibson: 23 home runs; .548 slugging
  • 1993 – Tony Phillips: .313 average; .443 on base; 113 runs
  • 1992 – Cecil Fielder: 35 home runs; 124 RBIs; No. 9 in AL MVP voting
  • 1991 – Cecil Fielder: 44 home runs: 133 RBIs; 102 runs; No. 2 in AL MVP voting
  • 1990 – Cecil Fielder: 51 home runs; 132 RBIs; 104 runs; .592 slugging; No. 2 in AL MVP voting
  • 1989 – Lou Whitaker: 28 home runs; .361 on base pct; .462 slugging
  • 1988 – Alan Trammell: .311 average; No. 7 in AL MVP voting
  • 1987 – Alan Trammell: .343 average; .402 on base; .551 slugging; 28 home runs; 105 RBIs; No. 2 in AL MVP voting
  • 1986 – Jack Morris: 21–8 record; .724 win percentage; No. 5 in AL Cy Young voting
  • 1985 – Darrell Evans: AL HR leader at age 38 with 40 HRs; .518 slugging; No. 14 in AL MVP voting
  • 1984 – Willie Hernández: AL MVP and Cy Young Awards; 1.92 ERA; 68 games finished
  • 1983 – Lou Whitaker: Gold Glove at 2nd base; .320 average; 205 hits; No. 8 in AL MVP voting
  • 1982 – Lance Parrish: 32 home runs; .529 slugging; No. 13 in AL MVP voting
  • 1981 – Kirk Gibson: .328 average; No. 12 in AL MVP voting
  • 1980 – Alan Trammell: Gold Glove at shortstop; .300 average; .376 on base pct.
  • 1979 – Steve Kemp: 318 average; .543 slugging; 26 home runs; 105 RBIs
  • 1978 – Ron LeFlore: Led AL in stolen bases (68) and runs (126)
  • 1977 – Ron LeFlore: .325 average; 212 hits; 100 runs
  • 1976 – Mark Fidrych: Year of the Bird; 19 wins; 2.34 ERA; Rookie of the Year Award; No. 2 in AL Cy Young voting
  • 1975 – Willie Horton: 25 home runs; 92 RBIs
  • 1974 – Al Kaline: Kaline's final season; 3,000th hit
  • 1973 – John Hiller: 1.44 ERA; 65 games; No. 4 in AL MVP voting; AL Hutch Award
  • 1972 – Ed Brinkman: Gold Glove award at shortstop; .990 fielding percentage; No. 9 in AL MVP and CY Young voting
  • 1971 – Mickey Lolich: Led AL in wins (25) and strikeouts (308); No. 2 in Cy Young voting; No. 5 in AL MVP voting
  • 1970 – Tom Timmermann: 61 games; 43 games finished; 27 saves
  • 1969 – Denny McLain: 24 wins; 2.80 ERA; .727 win percentage
  • 1968 – Denny McLain: 31 wins; 1.96 ERA; .280 strikeouts; 838 win pct.; Cy Young and AL MVP awards
  • 1967 – Bill Freehan: Gold Glove award at catcher; .389 on-base percentage; No. 3 in AL MVP voting
  • 1966 – Denny McLain: 20 wins; .727 win percentage; No. 15 in AL MVP voting
  • 1965 – Don Wert: .341 on-base percentage; 331 assists at third base; No. 10 in AL MVP voting

King Tiger Award[edit]

See: King Tiger Award

Sporting News Sportsman of the Year[edit]

See: Sporting News#Sportsman of the Year

Michigan Sports Hall of Fame[edit]

American League statistical batting leaders[edit]

Batting average (27)[edit]

On-base percentage (15)[edit]

Slugging percentage (14)[edit]

On-base plus slugging (OPS) (16)[edit]

Games played (40)[edit]

At bats (12)[edit]

Plate appearances (17)[edit]

Runs (15)[edit]

Hits (23)[edit]

Total bases (15)[edit]

Singles (12)[edit]

Doubles (22)[edit]

Triples (19)[edit]

Home runs (12)[edit]

Runs batted in (21)[edit]

Walks (12)[edit]

Strikeouts (8)[edit]

Stolen bases (10)[edit]

Runs created (20)[edit]

Extra-base hits (14)[edit]

Times on base (14)[edit]

Hit by pitch (13)[edit]

Sacrifice hits (14)[edit]

Sacrifice flies (6)[edit]

Intentional walks (7)[edit]

Grounded into double plays (8)[edit]

At bats per strikeout (9)[edit]

At nats per home run (9)[edit]

Outs (16)[edit]

Six-hit games (9 innings) (6)[edit]

American League statistical pitching leaders[edit]

Wins (19)[edit]

Win-Loss Percentage (8)[edit]

Earned Run Average (ERA) (9)[edit]

Strikeouts (14)[edit]

Saves (5)[edit]

No Hitters (7)[edit]

Walks Plus Hits per Inning Pitched (WHIP) (6)[edit]

Hits Allowed per 9 Innings Pitched (8)[edit]

Walks Allowed per 9 Innings Pitched (7)[edit]

Strikeouts Allowed per 9 Innings Pitched (9)[edit]

Innings Pitched (15)[edit]

Games Started (22)[edit]

Complete Games (14)[edit]

Shutouts (15)[edit]

Walks Allowed (11)[edit]

Hits Allowed (15)[edit]

Home Runs Allowed (22)[edit]

Strikeout to Walk (12)[edit]

Losses (14)[edit]

Earned Runs Allowed (17)[edit]

Wild Pitches (13)[edit]

Hit Batters (23)[edit]

Batters Faced (13)[edit]

Games Finished (7)[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ In 1936, The Sporting News began The Sporting News Manager of the Year Award. (In 1986, TSN expanded the award to one for each league.) In 1959, the Associated Press began its AP Manager of the Year Award, which was discontinued in 2001. (From 1984 to 2000, the award was given to one manager in all of MLB.) In 1983, MLB began its own Manager of the Year Award (in each league). In 1998, Baseball Prospectus added a Manager of the Year award to its "Internet Baseball Awards" (one per league). In or about 2000, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum began its Charles Isham "C. I." Taylor Legacy Award for "Managers of the Year". In 2003, MLB added a Manager of the Year award (for all of MLB) to its This Year in Baseball Awards. In 2007, the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh began its Chuck Tanner Major League Baseball Manager of the Year Award (for all of MLB). (In 2010, it began a separate Chuck Tanner Collegiate Baseball Manager of the Year Award.) Baseball America also has a Manager of the Year award (for all of MLB). USA Today has a Manager of the Year award (one per league).
  2. ^ a b MLB appears to have dropped the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award as an official MLB award, after the 2006 season. Relief Man Award winners (1976–2006). ( ). MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2009-08-30. Established in 1976, it does not appear on the awards page for the most recent completed season. 2008 Awards ( Awards). MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2009-08-30. The MLB Delivery Man of the Year Award (sponsored by DHL) was first given in 2005 and does appear on the awards page for the most recent completed season. Prior to both awards, in 1960, The Sporting News established its Fireman of the Year Award, to recognize the best closer from each league. In 2001, the award was broadened to include all relievers and was renamed The Sporting News Reliever of the Year Award. In 2002, MLB began its This Year in Baseball Awards (TYIB Awards) (for all of MLB, not for each league), including Pitcher of the Year and Setup Man of the Year. In 2004, a Closer of the Year category was added and "Pitcher of the Year" was renamed "Starting Pitcher of the Year". In or about 2000, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum began its Hilton Smith Legacy Award for "Relievers of the Year".
  3. ^ a b c d The World Series Trophy was first awarded in 1967. In 1985, it was renamed the Commissioner's Trophy. From 1970 to 1984, the "Commissioner's Trophy" was the name of the award given to the All-Star Game MVP.
  4. ^ The award was created by MLB in 2010, "to recognize the charitable and philanthropic efforts of MLB Clubs." The award has been given to the Red Sox (2010), the White Sox (2011), the Blue Jays (2012), and the Tigers (2013).Calcaterra, Craig (November 14, 2013). "The Tigers win baseball's Philanthropic Excellence Award". HardballTalk. NBC Sports. Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
  5. ^ Tigers Awards Archived 2011-08-09 at WebCite (Tiger of the Year award winners are listed on bottom half of page). Detroit Tigers official website. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2009-11-19.
  6. ^