2010 Detroit Tigers season

2010 Detroit Tigers season

2010 Detroit Tigers
Slogan: "Always a Tiger"
Major League affiliations
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 2010 Detroit Tigers season was the team's 110th season. This year saw the passing of legendary Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell, and nearly saw the first perfect game thrown by a Tigers pitcher. The Tigers spent most of the season in 2nd or 3rd place. The third-place Tigers finished 13 games behind the AL Central Champion Minnesota Twins, with an 81–81 record and failed to make the playoffs.

Austin Jackson made the Tigers' opening day roster, and was American League Rookie of the Month for April.[1] 2010 also saw the debuts of several rookies from the Tiger farm system, including Brennan Boesch, Scott Sizemore, Danny Worth, Casper Wells and Will Rhymes. Boesch was called up on April 23, 2010, and was named the AL Rookie of the Month for May and June.[2][3]

The Tigers sent three players to the 2010 All-Star game. Miguel Cabrera and José Valverde were selected as reserves, and starter Justin Verlander was added to the team when another AL starter who was selected was unable to pitch due to scheduling. At the All-Star break, the Tigers were a half-game out of first place in the AL Central, behind the Chicago White Sox. But a slow start and injuries to key players Magglio Ordóñez, Carlos Guillén and Brandon Inge shortly after the break sent the Tigers into a tailspin. Closer Valverde would also suffer a series of nagging injuries down the stretch. The Tigers finished the season with an 81-81 record, good for third place, 13 games back of the division-winning Minnesota Twins. While playing outstanding baseball at home, the Tigers were just 29-52 on the road. Only the Seattle Mariners had fewer road wins than the Tigers among American League teams.

Among the season highlights were Miguel Cabrera hitting .328 with 38 home runs and an AL-best 126 RBI, earning the American League Silver Slugger Award at first base[4] and finishing second in the AL MVP race (earning 5 of 28 first-place votes).[5] Austin Jackson (.293 average, 103 runs, 181 hits, 27 stolen bases) finished second in the AL Rookie-of-the-Year voting. Justin Verlander enjoyed another strong season (18-9 record, 3.37 ERA, 219 strikeouts). After a slow start and a brief trip to the minors, Max Scherzer showed promise with a 12-11 record, 3.50 ERA and 181 strikeouts.

On July 26, the Tigers were on the losing end of Matt Garza's no-hitter in Tampa.[6]

2009-10 Offseason activities

Personnel changes



  • On December 7, the Tigers traded Clay Rapada to Texas for a player to be named later or cash considerations.[13]
  • On December 21, the Tigers traded Dusty Ryan to San Diego for cash considerations or a player to be named later.[15]


  • On January 13, the Tigers re-signed Joel Zumaya, avoiding arbitration.[20]
  • On February 4, it was announced that Justin Verlander and the Tigers have reached a deal for a $80 million, 5 year contract extension.[23]



Tributes to Ernie Harwell

Ernie Harwell commemorative patch worn in 2010.

On May 4, Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell died at age 92.[28] Two days later, Harwell's body lie in repose at Comerica Park, with over 10,000 fans filing past the casket.[29] In his honor, the Tigers wore patches (shown at right) and flew a flag in the center field of Comerica Park both bearing his initials for the remainder of the season.[30]

The near-perfect game

In the June 2 game against Cleveland, Armando Galarraga had a perfect game going with two outs in the top of the ninth when first base umpire Jim Joyce made a controversial call, ruling a batter safe at first when video replay showed he was out. Joyce later said ""I took a perfect game away from that kid, I thought he beat the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw, until I saw the replay."[31] After the game, Galarraga told reporters Joyce apologized to him directly and gave him a hug. Despite large fan support for overturning the call, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig let the call stand, but said he would look into expanding replay beyond home run calls for the future.

It would have been the first perfect game thrown by a Tigers pitcher. Two previous Tigers, Tommy Bridges (1932) and Milt Wilcox (1983), had also come within one out of throwing perfect games before having them broken up by the 27th batter.


AL Central
W L Pct. GB Home Road
Minnesota Twins 94 68 .580 53–28 41–40
Chicago White Sox 88 74 .543 6 45–36 43–38
Detroit Tigers 81 81 .500 13 52–29 29–52
Cleveland Indians 69 93 .426 25 38–43 31–50
Kansas City Royals 67 95 .414 27 38–43 29–52

Game log

Tigers win Tigers loss Game postponed

Farm system

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


  1. ^ Jackson is AL Rookie of Month for April
  2. ^ Boesch named AL's top rookie for May MLB.com June 2, 2010
  3. ^ Boesch is AL Rookie of the Month for June
  4. ^ "Cabrera wins third Silver Slugger, first in Detroit". MLB.com. November 11, 2010. Retrieved November 22, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Rangers' Hamilton wins AL MVP award." Article at CBSSports.com
  6. ^ Marc Topkin (July 26, 2010). "Garza has Rays first no-hitter".  
  7. ^ Beck, Jason (October 9, 2009). "Five coaches invited back for 2010 - First-base coach Van Slyke will not return to Tigers". MLB.com. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  8. ^ Beck, Jason (November 9, 2009). "Tigers name Brookens first-base coach - Former infielder has been managing in Minor Leagues". MLB.com. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  9. ^ Beck, Jason (November 6, 2009). "Tigers part ways with Treanor, Thames - Pair likely to become free agents after removal from roster". MLB.com. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  10. ^ Beck, Jason (November 16, 2009). "Tigers won't pursue Washburn, Huff - Club expects to lose both midseason pickups to free agency". MLB.com. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  11. ^ Beck, Jason (December 1, 2009). "Tigers offer arbitration to Rodney, Lyon - Polanco unlikely to re-sign; promotion set for Sizemore". MLB.com. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  12. ^ Beck, Jason (December 8, 2009). "Lyon, Rodney turn down arbitration - Immediate free agents expected to be highly sought". MLB.com. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  13. ^ a b Beck, Jason (December 7, 2009). "Tigers sign Thomas, deal Rapada - Team executes switch of lefties, sends Simons to Toledo". MLB.com. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  14. ^ Beck, Jason (December 8, 2009). "Tigers complete three-way blockbuster - Trade of Jackson, Granderson brings relief, reshapes roster". MLB.com. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  15. ^ Beck, Jason (December 21, 2009). "Tigers send Ryan to San Diego - Detroit acquires player to be named or cash for catcher". MLB.com. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  16. ^ Frisaro, Joe (March 30, 2010). "Marlins acquire Robertson from Tigers". MLB.com. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  17. ^ Beck, Jason (November 20, 2009). "Tigers add four players to roster - Star prospect Sizemore among group heading to Detroit". MLB.com. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  18. ^ Beck, Jason (December 7, 2009). "Tigers, Everett agree on one-year deal - Tigers, Everett agree on one-year deal". MLB.com. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  19. ^ Beck, Jason (December 16, 2009). "Tigers, Santiago agree on two-year deal - Veteran infielder netted career-high seven homers in 2009". MLB.com. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  20. ^ Beck, Jason (January 13, 2010). "Zumaya, Tigers avoid arbitration - Right-handed reliever agrees to one-year deal with Detroit". MLB.com. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  21. ^ Beck, Jason (January 19, 2009). "Tigers make Valverde deal official - All-Star closer signs two-year contract with option for 2012". MLB.com. Archived from the original on January 23, 2010. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  22. ^ Beck, Jason (January 19, 2009). "Tigers, Verlander exchange figures - Detroit signs Miner, Seay and Laird to one-year deals". MLB.com. Archived from the original on January 23, 2010. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  23. ^ Beck, Jason (February 4, 2010). "Tigers announce Verlander deal". MLB.com. Archived from the original on February 8, 2010. Retrieved February 4, 2010. 
  24. ^ Beck, Jason (February 22, 2010). "Tigers, Damon complete one-year deal". MLB.com. Archived from the original on February 24, 2010. Retrieved February 22, 2010. 
  25. ^ Gilbert, Steve (June 1, 2010). "D-backs get Willis from Tigers for Buckner". MLB.com. Archived from the original on June 5, 2010. Retrieved June 1, 2010. 
  26. ^ Zuba, Samuel (June 6, 2010). "Everett gets designated for assignment". MLB.com. Archived from the original on June 10, 2010. Retrieved June 18, 2010. 
  27. ^ Price, Ed (July 28, 2010). "Tigers Add Jhonny Peralta From Indians". AOL Fanhouse. Archived from the original on July 30, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2010. 
  28. ^ "Ernie Harwell, Hall of Fame Detroit Tigers broadcaster, dies at 92 – ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. May 5, 2010. Retrieved July 9, 2010. 
  29. ^ Mark Snyder, Shawn Windsor, Mike Brundenell, Jeff Seidel, and Tammy Stables-Battaglia (May 7, 2010). "Thousands walk, roll to park for Ernie Harwell's send-off". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved October 4, 2010. 
  30. ^ Beck, Jason (May 10, 2010). "Detroit honors Harwell with stirring tribute". MLB.com. Retrieved July 8, 2010. 
  31. ^ "Blown call costs Galarraga perfect game in 9th". Victoria Advocate. Retrieved June 2, 2010. 

External links

  • Detroit Tigers Official Site