Detroit Tigers award winners and league leaders

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

Hank Greenberg 1937 cropped
Hank Greenberg, Hall of Famer and 2-time MVP

Awards and achievements

American League Most Valuable Player Award (12)

American League Cy Young Award (5)

American League Triple Crown (4)

American League Rookie of the Year award (5)

American League Manager of the Year (3)

See footnote[1]

Fielding Bible Award (2)

Gold Glove Award (43)

Silver Slugger Award (33)

Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award (3)

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

American League Championship Series MVP Award (3)

World Series MVP Award (2)

MLB "This Year in Baseball Awards"

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

"This Year in Baseball Awards" Defensive Player of the Year

"This Year in Baseball Awards" Play of the Year

"This Year in Baseball Awards" Performance of the Year

"Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY)" Starting Pitcher

"Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY)" Closer

Players Choice Awards

Player of the Year

Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award

Outstanding Player

Outstanding Pitcher

Outstanding Rookie

MLB All-Century Team (1999)

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

MLB All-Time Team (BBWAA) (1997)

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

DHL Hometown Heroes (2006)

  • 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 Top Pitcher

American League Rolaids Relief Man Award

See footnote[2]

Sporting News AL Reliever of the Year Award

See footnote[2]

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

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

Sporting News AL Rookie of the Year Award

Topps All-Star Rookie teams

Sporting News American League Comeback Player of the Year

Hutch Award

Ford C. Frick Award (broadcasters)

J. G. Taylor Spink Award (baseball writers)

Team award

Minor-league system

USA Today Minor League Player of the Year Award

Other achievements

National Baseball Hall of Fame

See: Detroit Tigers#Baseball Hall of Famers

Retired numbers

See: Detroit Tigers#Retired numbers and honorees

Tiger of the Year

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

  • 2018 - Nicholas Castellanos: .298 batting average; 23 home runs; 46 doubles; 89 RBIs; .854 OPS; .500 slugging
  • 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

See: King Tiger Award

Sporting News Sportsman of the Year

See: Sporting News#Sportsman of the Year

Michigan Sports Hall of Fame

American League statistical batting leaders

Batting average (27)

On-base percentage (15)

Slugging percentage (14)

On-base plus slugging (OPS) (16)

Games played (40)

At bats (12)

Plate appearances (17)

Runs (15)

Hits (23)

Total bases (15)

Singles (12)

Doubles (22)

Triples (19)

Home runs (12)

Runs batted in (21)

Walks (12)

Strikeouts (8)

Stolen bases (10)

Runs created (20)

Extra-base hits (14)

Times on base (14)

Hit by pitch (13)

Sacrifice hits (14)

Sacrifice flies (6)

Intentional walks (7)

Grounded into double plays (8)

At bats per strikeout (9)

At bats per home run (9)

Outs (16)

Six-hit games (9 innings) (6)

American League statistical pitching leaders

Wins (19)

Win-Loss Percentage (8)

Earned Run Average (ERA) (9)

Strikeouts (14)

Saves (5)

No Hitters (7)

Walks Plus Hits per Inning Pitched (WHIP) (6)

Hits Allowed per 9 Innings Pitched (8)

Walks Allowed per 9 Innings Pitched (7)

Strikeouts Allowed per 9 Innings Pitched (9)

Innings Pitched (15)

Games Started (22)

Complete Games (14)

Shutouts (15)

Walks Allowed (11)

Hits Allowed (15)

Home Runs Allowed (22)

Strikeout to Walk (12)

Losses (14)

Earned Runs Allowed (17)

Wild Pitches (13)

Hit Batters (23)

Batters Faced (13)

Games Finished (7)

See also


  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 2011-07-24 at the Wayback Machine (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. ^
1907 Detroit Tigers season

The 1907 Detroit Tigers won the American League pennant with a record of 92–58, but lost to the Chicago Cubs in the 1907 World Series, four games to none (with one tie). The season was their 7th since they entered the American League in 1901.

J. D. Martinez

Julio Daniel Martinez (born August 21, 1987) is an American professional baseball outfielder and designated hitter for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played in MLB for the Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, and Arizona Diamondbacks. A right-handed thrower and batter, Martinez stands 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall and weighs 221 pounds (100 kg).

A native of Miami, Florida, Martinez was selected by the Astros in the 20th round with the 611th pick in the 2009 amateur draft from Nova Southeastern University (NSU). He is a two-time selection for the MLB All-Star Game and a three-time Silver Slugger Award winner, as well as the only player to earn the latter honor twice in the same season. On September 4, 2017, Martinez became the 18th player in MLB history to hit four home runs in a single game, doing so versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is of Cuban descent.

He placed second in the American League in the 2018 season in home runs and batting average, and first in RBIs, and was a crucial component of the Red Sox's 2018 World Series title run.

Justin Verlander

Justin Brooks Verlander (born February 20, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Detroit Tigers for 12 seasons, with whom he made his major league debut on July 4, 2005. A right-handed batter and thrower, Verlander stands 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m) tall and weighs 225 pounds (102 kg).

From Manakin-Sabot, Virginia, Verlander attended Old Dominion University (ODU) and played college baseball for the Monarchs. He broke the Monarchs' and Colonial Athletic Association's career records for strikeouts. At the 2003 Pan American Games, Verlander helped lead the United States national team to a silver medal.

The Tigers selected him in the first round and as the second overall pick of the 2004 first-year player draft. As a former ace in the Tigers' starting rotation, he was a key figure in four consecutive American League (AL) Central division championships from 2011−2014, two AL Pennants in 2006 and 2012, and in the Astros' first World Series championship in 2017. He is among the career pitching leaders for the Tigers, including ranking second in strikeouts (2,373), seventh in wins (183), and eighth in innings pitched (2511).

The winner of a number of accolades, Verlander is an eight-time MLB All-Star, has led the AL in strikeouts five times and in wins twice. He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2006, and on June 12, 2007, pitched the first no-hitter at Comerica Park versus the Milwaukee Brewers. In 2009, he led the AL in wins and strikeouts, both for the first time. Verlander produced his most successful season in 2011, including his second career no-hitter versus the Toronto Blue Jays on May 7. By season's end, Verlander won the Pitching Triple Crown, the AL Cy Young Award unanimously, the AL Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award, and the Sporting News Player of the Year Award.

The Tigers traded Verlander to the Houston Astros just before the 2017 trade deadline. He immediately made an impact for the team, going undefeated in his first five starts heading into the postseason. He helped lead the Astros to the 2017 World Series, which they won over the Los Angeles Dodgers, giving him his first career ring. For his performance in the 2017 American League Championship Series, he was named MVP, and was co-winner of the Babe Ruth Award (with teammate José Altuve) for most outstanding performance in the 2017 postseason. In the 2018 season, Verlander became the 114th pitcher in major league history to surpass 200 career wins, also becoming the 20th fastest to reach the milestone (412 starts).

List of Detroit Tigers team records

This is a list of Detroit Tigers single-season, career, and other team records.

Max Scherzer

Maxwell M. Scherzer (born July 27, 1984) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). Nicknamed “Mad Max”, he made his MLB debut as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2008, and later played for the Detroit Tigers. He has been an important figure in the both the Tigers' and Nationals' playoff presence, including Detroit's four consecutive American League Central titles from 2011 to 2014 and two of Washington's National League East titles. A power pitcher with a low three-quarter-arm delivery, Scherzer has achieved numerous strikeout records and distinctions. He is the tenth pitcher in history to garner at least three Cy Young Awards, the sixth to record two no-hitters in one season, the fifth to produce more than one immaculate inning, and the fourth to strike out at least 200 batters in a season seven years in a row.

The Diamondbacks selected Scherzer, a native of Greater St. Louis, in the first round and 11th overall of the 2006 amateur draft from the University of Missouri. A seven-time MLB All-Star, he is the fifth pitcher to start an All-Star Game for both the American and National Leagues. He is a winner of three strikeout titles, a four-time wins leader, and a four-time walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) leader. In addition to three Cy Young Awards, he also finished second in its voting in 2018 and fifth in 2014 and 2015. One the most consistent hurlers of his era, he has made at least 30 starts each season from 2009 to 2018, and struck out at least 230 batters in each season from 2012 to 2018. In 2018, he reached 300 strikeouts for the first time. Prior to the 2015 season, Scherzer agreed to a seven-year, $210 million contract with the Nationals, one of the largest in baseball history.

During his major league debut, Scherzer established the record for most consecutive hitters retired in a relief appearance as a major league debut with 13. He became the third pitcher to start a season with a 19–1 win–loss record, on the way to winning his first Cy Young Award in 2013. In 2015, Scherzer became the sixth pitcher in Major League history to record multiple no-hitters in a single season, including the first with at least 17 strikeouts and no bases on balls, and the first to accrue a game score of 100 or more twice in one season. On May 11, 2016, he tied the major league nine-inning strikeout record with 20, making him the second player to achieve both a no-hitter and 20 strikeouts over nine innings, and in the same game became the youngest-ever pitcher to beat all 30 teams. In 2017, he became the third-fastest hurler to record 2,000 strikeouts, and the fourth to strike out 250 or more in four consecutive seasons. Scherzer has more strikeouts (2,503) than any pitcher in the 2010s. He recorded one immaculate inning each in 2017 and 2018.

Woodie Fryman

Woodrow Thompson Fryman (April 12, 1940 – February 4, 2011), was an American professional baseball pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for six teams, across 18 seasons (1966–1983). A two-time National League (NL) All-Star, he helped lead the Detroit Tigers to the 1972 American League Championship Series.

Important figures
Minor league affiliates
Key personnel
World Series
championships (4)
American League pennants (11)
Division titles (7)
Wild card berths (1)

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