2018 Detroit Tigers season

The 2018 Detroit Tigers season was the team's 118th season. It was the team's first year under a mostly new coaching staff led by new Manager Ron Gardenhire. It was the fourth consecutive season they missed the playoffs, finishing with the same record as the previous season, 64–98, but good for third place in the American League Central division.

It was the last season for television announcers Mario Impemba and Rod Allen, who had been together since 2003. Their contracts were not renewed due to an alleged physical altercation after the game on September 4.[1]

2018 Detroit Tigers
Detroit Tigers logo
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record64–98 (.395)
Divisional place3rd
Other information
Owner(s)Christopher Ilitch; Ilitch family trust
General manager(s)Al Avila
Manager(s)Ron Gardenhire
Local televisionFox Sports Detroit
(Mario Impemba, Matt Shepard, Rod Allen, Kirk Gibson)
Local radioDetroit Tigers Radio Network
(Dan Dickerson, Jim Price)
StatsESPN.com
BB-reference
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Uniform changes

Starting this season, the Tigers changed the classic curved Old English D logo on their home uniforms to match that of the sharp cornered hat logo, which is now larger.[2]

Roster moves

Coaching staff

  • On October 20, the Tigers announced Ron Gardenhire was named the successor to Brad Ausmus as the Tigers' manager, and signed to a three-year contract.[3]
  • On November 2, the Tigers named Chris Bosio as pitching coach, Ramón Santiago as first-base coach, Phil Clark as assistant hitting coach, Rick Anderson as bullpen coach, Steve Liddle as bench coach, and Joe Vavra as quality control coach.[4] Also on November 2, the Tigers announced Lloyd McClendon would return as hitting coach and Dave Clark would return as third-base coach.[4]
  • On June 27, 2018, the Tigers terminated pitching coach Chris Bosio's contract due to "insensitive comments that violated Club policy and his Uniform Employee Contract." Bullpen coach Rick Anderson was then promoted to pitching coach.[5]

Releases

Signings

  • On November 25, the Tigers agreed to a one-year, $795,000 deal with relief pitcher Blaine Hardy, avoiding arbitration.[14]
  • On December 5, the Tigers signed outfielder Leonys Martín to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.[15]
  • On December 8, the Tigers signed pitcher Mike Fiers to a one-year, $6 million contract.[16]
  • On December 14, the Tigers selected outfielder Víctor Reyes in the Rule 5 draft.[17]
  • On January 9, the Tigers signed catcher Brayan Peña to a minor league contract.[18] Peña retired as a player on June 18, 2018, and went on to manage the Tigers' rookie league team in the Gulf Coast League.[19]
  • On January 11, the Tigers claimed pitcher Johnny Barbato off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates.[20] Also on January 11, the Tigers signed catcher James McCann to a one-year, $2.375 million contract, avoiding arbitration.[21]
  • On January 17, the Tigers avoided arbitration when they reached one-year deals with right fielder Nicholas Castellanos, shortstop José Iglesias, and pitchers Shane Greene and Alex Wilson.[22]
  • On February 23, the Tigers signed pitcher Francisco Liriano to a one-year, $4 million contract.[23]
  • On August 10, the Tigers signed relief pitcher Zach McAllister to a major league contract.[24] He pitched in just three games for the Tigers before being designated for assignment and electing free agency on August 22.

Trades

Number retirements

Season standings

American League Central

AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cleveland Indians 91 71 0.562 49–32 42–39
Minnesota Twins 78 84 0.481 13 49–32 29–52
Detroit Tigers 64 98 0.395 27 38–43 26–55
Chicago White Sox 62 100 0.383 29 30–51 32–49
Kansas City Royals 58 104 0.358 33 32–49 26–55

American League Wild Card

Division Leaders W L Pct.
Boston Red Sox 108 54 0.667
Houston Astros 103 59 0.636
Cleveland Indians 91 71 0.562
Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 100 62 0.617 +3
Oakland Athletics 97 65 0.599
Tampa Bay Rays 90 72 0.556 7
Seattle Mariners 89 73 0.549 8
Los Angeles Angels 80 82 0.494 17
Minnesota Twins 78 84 0.481 19
Toronto Blue Jays 73 89 0.451 24
Texas Rangers 67 95 0.414 30
Detroit Tigers 64 98 0.395 33
Chicago White Sox 62 100 0.383 35
Kansas City Royals 58 104 0.358 39
Baltimore Orioles 47 115 0.290 50

Record against opponents

2018 American League Records

Source: AL Standings Head-to-head
Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET HOU KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL
Baltimore 3–16 3–4 2–5 2–4 1–6 2–4 1–5 1–6 7–12 1–5 1–6 8–11 3–4 5–14 7–13
Boston 16–3 3–4 3–4 4–2 3–4 5–1 6–0 4–3 10–9 2–4 4–3 11–8 6–1 15–4 16–4
Chicago 4–3 4–3 5–14 7–12 0–7 11–8 2–5 7–12 2–4 2–5 2–4 4–2 4–3 2–4 6–14
Cleveland 5–2 4–3 14–5 13–6 3–4 12–7 3–3 10–9 2–5 2–4 2–5 2–4 4–2 3–4 12–8
Detroit 4–2 2–4 12–7 6–13 1–5 8–11 3–4 7–12 3–4 0–7 3–4 2–4 3–4 4–3 6–14
Houston 6–1 4–3 7–0 4–3 5–1 5–1 13–6 4–2 2–5 12–7 9–10 3–4 12–7 4–2 13–7
Kansas City 4–2 1–5 8–11 7–12 11–8 1–5 1–6 10–9 2–5 2–5 1–5 0–7 2–5 2–5 6–14
Los Angeles 5–1 0–6 5–2 3–3 4–3 6–13 6–1 4–3 1–5 10–9 8–11 1–6 13–6 4–3 10–10
Minnesota 6–1 3–4 12–7 9–10 12–7 2–4 9–10 3–4 2–5 2–5 1–5 3–4 2–4 4–2 8–12
New York 12–7 9–10 4–2 5–2 4–3 5–2 5–2 5–1 5–2 3–3 5–1 10–9 4–3 13–6 11–9
Oakland 5–1 4–2 5–2 4–2 7–0 7–12 5–2 9–10 5–2 3–3 9–10 2–5 13–6 7–0 12–8
Seattle 6–1 3–4 4–2 5–2 4–3 10–9 5–1 11–8 5–1 1–5 10–9 6–1 10–9 3–4 6–14
Tampa Bay 11–8 8–11 2–4 4–2 4–2 4–3 7–0 6–1 4–3 9–10 5–2 1–6 5–1 13–6 7–13
Texas 4–3 1–6 3–4 2–4 4–3 7–12 5–2 6–13 4–2 3–4 6–13 9–10 1–5 3–3 9–11
Toronto 14–5 4–15 4–2 4–3 3–4 2–4 5–2 3–4 2–4 6–13 0–7 4–3 6–13 3–3 13–7

Updated with the results of all games through September 30, 2018.

Season highlights

Team accomplishments

  • On April 8, the Tigers won a game with two or fewer hits for the first time since July 11, 2004 against the Minnesota Twins.[32]
  • On May 28, the Tigers established a franchise record by hitting at least one double in 44 consecutive games, breaking the previous team record set in 1924. JaCoby Jones hit the record-breaking double in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels.[33] The streak was extended to 53 consecutive games before ending on June 6 against the Boston Red Sox. This was the third-longest streak in Major League history since at least 1908.[34]
  • On July 15, the Tigers faced starter Justin Verlander for the first time since he was traded to the Houston Astros from the Tigers on August 31, 2017. Detroit won the game 6–3, while tagging Verlander for four home runs. It was only the third time in Verlander's career that he gave up four home runs in a game.[35]

Individual accomplishments

Pitching

Hitting

Defense

  • JaCoby Jones' Defensive Runs Saved rating of 24 (meaning 24 better than league average) was the best among all major league outfielders, and he finished second to Mookie Betts in Ultimate Zone Rating.[45]

Roster

2018 Detroit Tigers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Toledo Mud Hens International League Doug Mientkiewicz
AA Erie SeaWolves Eastern League Andrew Graham
A-Advanced Lakeland Flying Tigers Florida State League Mike Rabelo
A West Michigan Whitecaps Midwest League Lance Parrish
A-Short Season Connecticut Tigers New York–Penn League Gerald Laird
Rookie GCL Tigers East Gulf Coast League Jesus Garces
Rookie GCL Tigers West Gulf Coast League Gary Cathcart
Rookie DSL Tigers 1 Dominican Summer League Ramon Zapata
Rookie DSL Tigers 2 Dominican Summer League Jesus Garces

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2018 Game Log: 64–98 (Home: 38–43; Away: 26–55)
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