Docstoc

Fantasy Baseball 2009 - Detroit Tigers

Document Sample
Fantasy Baseball 2009 - Detroit Tigers Powered By Docstoc
					    Fantasy Baseball 2009 - Detroit Tigers




The Detroit Tigers is part of Major League Baseball’s American League Central Division. The Tigers
play their home games at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan.

History
In 1905, Ty Cobb, nicknamed the “Georgia Peach” joined the Tigers to become one of the greatest
baseball players of all time. Cobb led the Tigers to be American League champions in 1907, 1908, and
1909, however they lost all three World Series’ during that span. Ty Cobb played for the Tigers until
1920, and then became a manager for his last six years in Detroit.

In 1935, the Detroit Tigers won their first World Series, defeating the Chicago Cubs in six games.
Catcher as well as manager Mickey Cochrane led the team with the help 1935 American League MVP,
Hank Greenberg. In 1940, the Tigers won the American League Championship, but lost the World
Series to the Cincinnati Reds. They returned to World Series in 1945 and defeated the Chicago Cubs
for the franchise’s second World Series Championship.
In 1968, the Tigers won their third World Series Championship, capping a spectacular season with 103
wins. Pitcher Denny McClain, the 1968 American League MVP and Cy Young Award winner, led the
Tigers.


The Detroit Tigers won their fourth World Series in 1984, defeating the San Diego Padres. The 1984
World Series is known for the infamous Kirk Gibson 3 run homerun off of star reliever Goose Gossage.
That year, Detroit relief pitcher Willie Anderson won the Cy Young Award, and the American League
MVP.

Detroit Tigers of the 2000’s
The Tigers went through a poor slump in the 90’s and 2000’s, failing to post a winning record from
1994-2005. In 2003, with first year manager Alan Trammel, the Tigers recorded the worst record in
American League history (43-119), and the third worst record in Major League baseball history. The
team improved over the next couple years and won the 2006 American League championship,
defeating the Oakland Athletics in four straight games. They lost the 2006 World Series to the St.
Louis Cardinals.
The Tigers remained competitive in 2007, 2008, and 2009 but failed to reach the pennant race. In
2007, with the addition of slugger Gary Sheffield, they finished second in the American Leagu e Central
division. One of the season’s bright moments was pitcher Justin Verlander’s no-hitter against the
Milwaukee Brewers.
In 2008, the Tigers signed Dontrelle Willis, Edgar Rentaria and Miguel Cabrera in hopes of returning to
the World Series. In 2009 they finished second in the American League central division, losing a
tiebreaker game to the Minnesota Twins.

Active Roster

Pitchers:
Jeremy Bonderman
Eddie Bonine
Phil Coke
Casey Fien
Alfredo Figaro
Armando Galarraga
Zach Miner
Fu-Te Ni
Ryan Perry
Rick Porcello
Nate Robertson
Jay Sborz
Max Scherzer
Daniel Schlereth
Bobby Seay
Jacob Turner
Jose Valverde
Dontrelle Willis
Joel Zumaya


Catchers:
Alex Avila
Gerald Laird


Infielders:
Miguel Cabrera
Audy Ciriaco
Brent Dlugach
Adam Everett
Brandon Inge
Ramon Santiago
Scott Sizemore
Ryan Strieby

Outfielders:
Brennan Boesch
Johnny Damon
Carlos Guillen
Austin Jackson
Don Kelly
Magglio Ordonez
Ryan Raburn
Wilkin Ramirez
Clete Thomas
Casper Wells