James Richard Leyland is a retired Major League Baseball manager. He serves as a special assistant to the Detroit Tigers and is the manager of the United States national baseball team, he led the Florida Marlins to a World Series championship in 1997, won three straight division titles with the Pittsburgh Pirates. With the Tigers victory in the 2006 American League Championship Series, Leyland became the seventh manager in history to win pennants in both the National and American Leagues, he is a three-time Manager of the Year Award winner, twice in the National League, once in the American League. Leyland began his baseball career with the Tigers when they signed him as a catcher on September 21, 1963, he spent seven seasons as a minor leaguer in the Tigers organization, but served as a coach with the Montgomery Rebels in 1970 while playing in just two games for the team. Leyland was a career.222 hitter in the minor leagues. In 1972, Leyland became a minor league manager in the Tigers organization.
Leyland left the Tigers organization for the first time in 1982 when he became Tony La Russa's third base coach for four seasons with the Chicago White Sox, including the team's 1983 AL West division title, before being named the 33rd manager in Pittsburgh Pirates history on November 20, 1985. Leyland was the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1986 to 1996, he won two Manager of the Year trophies with the Pirates in 1990 and 1992, finished as runner-up in 1988 and 1991. Leyland helped develop such All-Stars as Barry Bonds, Jay Bell, Tim Wakefield, Andy Van Slyke and Bobby Bonilla in Pittsburgh before a fire sale in the mid-1990s soured him with new ownership. Under Leyland, the Pirates went to the National League Championship Series in three straight seasons; the Pirates lost all three of those NLCS, with the latter two going the full seven games against the Atlanta Braves. Although he has moved on in his career, Leyland still keeps his home in the Pittsburgh suburb of Thornburg, where he has raised two children and Kellie with his wife Katie.
One member of Leyland's coaching staff while with the Pirates, Terry Collins, most the manager of the New York Mets, wore number 10 to honor Leyland. In 1997, Leyland was hired by Wayne Huizenga to manage the Florida Marlins and promptly led them to the franchise's first championship; the Marlins, in only their fifth year of existence, became the fastest expansion franchise to win a World Series. The Arizona Diamondbacks surpassed the Marlins when they won the World Series in 2001, their fourth season. In the offseason, Huizenga dismantled the team in what became known as "the fire sale." After Game 7, when asked about rumors that he might retire if Huizenga sold the franchise, Leyland quipped, "My wife doesn't like me that much. I can't retire." Leyland indeed remained as the manager, but resigned after the 1998 season, when the Marlins went 54–108. At his press conference, Leyland remarked that he thought his job was to win championships, but, not what Huizenga wanted. Leyland was subsequently hired by the Colorado Rockies for the 1999 season, walking away from the final two years of his contract.
When he left managing after the 1999 season, he became a Pittsburgh-based scout for the St. Louis Cardinals. Following the release of Alan Trammell as the manager of the Tigers, Leyland was hired as new Tigers manager, returning to the franchise with which he spent the first 18 years of his professional baseball career, it marked the first time Leyland managed in the American League. In the 2006 regular season, Leyland guided the Tigers to a 95–67 record, the Tigers best season since 1987; the Tigers entered the playoffs as a wild card, went on to defeat the New York Yankees and sweep the Oakland Athletics to win the American League pennant before falling to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2006 World Series. In leading the team to the AL pennant, he became the seventh manager to win pennants in both major leagues, joining Joe McCarthy, Yogi Berra, Alvin Dark, Sparky Anderson, Dick Williams, Tony La Russa. After the 2006 season ended, Leyland was recognized with the Manager of the Year award for the third time in his career.
He became the third person to win the award in both leagues, joining Bobby Cox. Leyland won The Sporting News Manager of the Year Award for the American League in 2006. In 2011, Leyland led the Tigers to another 95–67 regular season record, winning the American League Central Division, they went on to defeat the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series before losing to the Texas Rangers in the American League Championship Series. On May 1, 2012, Leyland gained his 1,600th victory as a major league manager, passing Tommy Lasorda on the all-time wins list. In 2012, Leyland led the Tigers to an 88–74 regular season record, winning the American League Central Division. On that team, Tiger third baseman Miguel Cabrera was the American League Triple Crown winner that season; this was the first Triple Crown winner in Major League Baseball since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. When the Tigers won the AL Central for the second consecutive season, Leyland became the only Tigers manager besides Hughie Jennings to lead Detroit to the postseason three times.
In the 2012 postseason, Detroit defeated the Athletics in a five-game ALDS and returned to the World Series following a sweep of the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series. Detroit was swept in the 2012 World Series by the San Francisco Gia
WJBK, virtual channel 2, is a Fox owned-and-operated television station licensed to Detroit, United States. The station is owned by the Fox Television Stations subsidiary of Fox Corporation. WJBK's studios and transmitter are located on West 9 Mile Road in the Detroit suburb of Southfield. WJBK's over-the-air signal covers all of Metro Detroit, along with southwestern Ontario, surrounding the city of Windsor. On cable, the station is available on channel 12 on Comcast Xfinity's Detroit city and South Oakland County systems, channel 2 in other suburbs and outlying areas and on AT&T U-verse, channel 7 on Cogeco's Windsor system; the station is carried on most cable systems in southeast Michigan, southwestern Ontario and northwest Ohio. WJBK-TV first signed on the air on October 24, 1948, it was the third television station to sign-on in Detroit after WWJ-TV and WXYZ-TV - all of which have signed on in a 14-month timeframe. Despite Detroit being a major television market, it only accommodated three VHF allocations due to being shortspaced between Flint and Saginaw to the north, Lansing to the west, Toledo to the south, Cleveland, Windsor and London, Ontario to the east.
For this reason, WJBK was assigned the final VHF channel in Detroit. At sign on, the first program broadcast by WJBK was a presentation of Lucky Pup at 6:15 p.m. that evening. The station was an affiliate of both CBS and the DuMont Television Network, it was owned by Fort Industry Broadcasting, owned by George B. Storer and based in nearby Toledo, Ohio. Fort Industry, which would be renamed Storer Broadcasting owned WJBK radio; the station operated from Detroit's Masonic Temple until 1956, when its operations were moved to a purpose-built studio facility on Second Avenue in Detroit's New Center section. WJBK-TV would become an exclusive CBS affiliate by 1955, when Windsor, Ontario-based CKLW-TV became a DuMont affiliate. WJBK first broadcast in color around 1956. In 1970, the station moved to its current broadcast facilities on West Nine Mile Road in Southfield. Like most studio facilities built by Storer during that time, it resembles a Southern antebellum mansion; the station went through a number of ownership and management changes with its parent companies in the 1980s and 1990s.
In 1985, the equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts acquired Storer Communications, Incorporated in a leveraged buyout. KKR sold all of the Storer broadcast assets, including WJBK, to Gillett Communications in 1987, after an attempt to sell the stations to Lorimar-Telepictures in 1986 failed; when Gillett went bankrupt in 1992, it reorganized the ownership of its television stations into SCI Television. The following year, in 1993, a few other station owners—Scripps-Howard, owner of cross-town ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV. Scripps considered trading WXYZ back to ABC. However, this would have put Scripps above the FCC's ownership limit of the time if Scripps sold off its smaller-market stations, so this was abandoned. So in 1993, SCI was acquired by the television production company New World Communications. In May 1994, News Corporation, then-parent of the Fox network, purchased a 20% ownership stake in WJBK's owner New World Communications. Fox made the investment to comply with their winning bid for the broadcast rights to the NFL's National Football Conference.
Fox outbid CBS for the NFL broadcast rights on the condition that it would improve the network's affiliate coverage in the larger television markets. As a result of Fox's investment, New World agreed to switch the network affiliations of most of the company's stations, including WJBK, to Fox. WJBK became Detroit's new Fox affiliate on December 11, 1994, after the station's affiliation contract with CBS ended, ending its 45-year affiliation with that network. Despite a three-month interruption in coverage due to CBS losing the NFC rights, with the switch, the Detroit Lions' regular season games would continue to air on WJBK. CBS found it difficult to find a new home in Detroit. After all of the higher-profile stations in the area turned down affiliation offers, CBS was forced to deal with the market's lower-rated UHF outlets, neither of which had nearly the signal penetration that WJBK had; as a contingency plan, CBS signed a long-term affiliation deal with WTOL-TV in Ohio. It persuaded Mid-Michigan's longtime NBC affiliate, WNEM-TV, to switch to CBS.
It convinced WLNS-TV in Lansing to build a translator in Ann Arbor. The main WLNS signal provided at least grade B coverage to many of Detroit's western suburbs. With just days to go before WJBK was due to switch to Fox, CBS faced the prospect of having to import WTOL, WNEM, WLNS on area cable providers until it could find a replacement affiliate. CBS would end up purchasing low-rated UHF independent station WGPR-TV in September 1994. Former Fox affiliate WKBD became an independent station before becoming a charter affiliate of UPN in January 1995; until channel 62 built a new transmitter in 1999, WTOL served as the d
In baseball, the pitcher is the player who throws the baseball from the pitcher's mound toward the catcher to begin each play, with the goal of retiring a batter, who attempts to either make contact with the pitched ball or draw a walk. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the pitcher is assigned the number 1; the pitcher is considered the most important player on the defensive side of the game, as such is situated at the right end of the defensive spectrum. There are many different types of pitchers, such as the starting pitcher, relief pitcher, middle reliever, lefty specialist, setup man, the closer. Traditionally, the pitcher bats. Starting in 1973 with the American League and spreading to further leagues throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the hitting duties of the pitcher have been given over to the position of designated hitter, a cause of some controversy; the National League in Major League Baseball and the Japanese Central League are among the remaining leagues that have not adopted the designated hitter position.
In most cases, the objective of the pitcher is to deliver the pitch to the catcher without allowing the batter to hit the ball with the bat. A successful pitch is delivered in such a way that the batter either allows the pitch to pass through the strike zone, swings the bat at the ball and misses it, or hits the ball poorly. If the batter elects not to swing at the pitch, it is called a strike if any part of the ball passes through the strike zone and a ball when no part of the ball passes through the strike zone. A check swing is when the batter begins to swing, but stops the swing short. If the batter checks the swing and the pitch is out of the strike zone, it is called a ball. There are the windup and the set position or stretch. Either position may be used at any time; each position has certain procedures. A balk can be called on a pitcher from either position. A power pitcher is one. Power pitchers record a high percentage of strikeouts. A control pitcher thus records few walks. Nearly all action during a game is centered on the pitcher for the defensive team.
A pitcher's particular style, time taken between pitches, skill influence the dynamics of the game and can determine the victor. Starting with the pivot foot on the pitcher's rubber at the center of the pitcher's mound, 60 feet 6 inches from home plate, the pitcher throws the baseball to the catcher, positioned behind home plate and catches the ball. Meanwhile, a batter stands in the batter's box at one side of the plate, attempts to bat the ball safely into fair play; the type and sequence of pitches chosen depend upon the particular situation in a game. Because pitchers and catchers must coordinate each pitch, a system of hand signals is used by the catcher to communicate choices to the pitcher, who either vetoes or accepts by shaking his head or nodding; the relationship between pitcher and catcher is so important that some teams select the starting catcher for a particular game based on the starting pitcher. Together, the pitcher and catcher are known as the battery. Although the object and mechanics of pitching remain the same, pitchers may be classified according to their roles and effectiveness.
The starting pitcher begins the game, he may be followed by various relief pitchers, such as the long reliever, the left-handed specialist, the middle reliever, the setup man, and/or the closer. In Major League Baseball, every team uses Baseball Rubbing Mud to rub game balls in before their pitchers use them in games. A skilled pitcher throws a variety of different pitches to prevent the batter from hitting the ball well; the most basic pitch is a fastball. Some pitchers are able to throw a fastball at a speed over 100 miles per ex. Aroldis Chapman. Other common types of pitches are the curveball, changeup, sinker, forkball, split-fingered fastball and knuckleball; these are intended to have unusual movement or to deceive the batter as to the rotation or velocity of the ball, making it more difficult to hit. Few pitchers throw all of these pitches, but most use a subset or blend of the basic types; some pitchers release pitches from different arm angles, making it harder for the batter to pick up the flight of the ball.
A pitcher, throwing well on a particular day is said to have brought his "good stuff." There are a number of distinct throwing styles used by pitchers. The most common style is a three-quarters delivery in which the pitcher's arm snaps downward with the release of the ball; some pitchers use a sidearm delivery. Some pitchers use a submarine style in which the pitcher's body tilts downward on delivery, creating an exaggerated sidearm motion in which the pitcher's knuckles come close to the mound. Effective pitching is vitally important in baseball. In baseball statistics, for each game, one pitcher will be credited with winning the game, one pitcher will be charged with losing it; this is not the starting pitchers for each team, however, as a reliever can get a win and the starter would get a no-decision. Pitching is physically demanding if the pitcher is throwing with maximum effort. A full game involves 120–170 pitches thrown by each team, most pitchers begin to tire before they re
2007 New York Yankees season
The New York Yankees' 2007 season was the Yankees' 105th in New York and their 107th overall dating back to their origins in Baltimore. The season started with the Yankees trying to win the AL East championship, a title they had won every season since after the 1997 season, but they came in second place to the Boston Red Sox; the Yankees instead won the American League wild card, beating out the Seattle Mariners and the Detroit Tigers. The offseason started with news of the unexpected death of Cory Lidle, an occupant in his own plane that crashed into a Manhattan high rise shortly after the Yankees were eliminated in the 2006 ALDS; the Yankees made news by trading right fielder Gary Sheffield to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for pitching prospects. The Yankees traded away pitcher Jaret Wright to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for reliever Chris Britton. On December 21, 2006, Andy Pettitte signed as a Free Agent with the Yankees. However, no offseason move was bigger for the team than trading Randy Johnson back to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the team who he was with when he won the 2001 World Series against the Yankees, for pitcher Luis Vizcaíno and three minor league prospects.
Joe Torre is managing the team for the 12th consecutive season. On May 6, Roger Clemens announced his return to the Yankees after a three-year absence from the team. Injuries sidelined starting pitchers Mike Mussina, Carl Pavano, Chien-Ming Wang, leaving only original starters Andy Pettitte and Kei Igawa active; the team set a major league record with 10 different starters in the first 30 games, including a record 6 rookies. The rookie hurlers were not immune in the early going. Jeff Karstens was hit by a line drive off his first pitch on April 28. Phil Hughes pitched a hitless 6⅓ innings against the Rangers on May 1 before leaving the game with a pulled hamstring. Closer Mariano Rivera struggled in other appearances. Kei Igawa, acquired during the off-season for $46 million from Japan's Hanshin Tigers, allowed 26 earned runs in 6 appearances for an ERA of 7.63. He was sent to the Tampa Yankees, the Single A affiliate of the Yankees. Meanwhile, the offense led the American League in hits, home runs, runs scored.
Alex Rodríguez tied a record, by hitting 14 home runs in April. Nonetheless, the Yankees suffered a seven-game losing streak after sweeping the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium and ended April with a record of 9–14, last place in the AL East and 6½ games behind the Red Sox. By early May, Mike Mussina and Chien-Ming Wang joined Andy Pettitte with newcomers Darrell Rasner and Matt DeSalvo filling in the remaining two positions in the rotation. Alex Rodriguez's remarkable April had come to an end, but the bats kept up their pace and, with the bullpen getting some needed rest, the Yankees began May 7–2. However, at the end of the month, the Yankees were tied for last place with the Devil Rays and were 22–29, 13½ games behind the Red Sox in the AL East. On May 6, Roger Clemens announced his return to the Yankees after a three-year absence from the team; the Yankees began June with a strong 8–2 start. They opened with a series victory over the Red Sox in Boston, including a game-winning home run by Alex Rodriguez off closer Jonathan Papelbon in the final game of the set with Boston.
They were struck by injuries again that weekend, as Doug Mientkiewicz was injured in a collision at first with Mike Lowell and Roger Clemens's first start was delayed by a groin injury. Nonetheless, the Yankees took 3 of 4 from the White Sox heading into an interleague series with the Pirates. Roger Clemens earned the victory; the Yankees swept the Pirates and took a 9-game winning streak, their longest since May 2005, into a subway series with the Mets. Roger Clemens pitched in the series opener, but the Yankees were shut out 2-0; the Yankees would rebound and take the next game 11–8. That day, the Yankees received news that Kei Igawa would be ready to return to the Major Leagues. On July 1, they were 11 games behind the division-leading Red Sox and 8 games behind the Wild Card-leading Tigers; the Yankees began the first week of July strongly. They lost the final game of a series with Oakland before taking 3 out of 4 from the Minnesota Twins and 2 of 3 from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Alex Rodriguez was injured during the series with Minnesota.
He missed one game before returning to action that weekend against the Angels. After winning the weekend series with the Angels, the Yankees went into the break with a 42–43 record and a 10-game deficit in the division behind the Boston Red Sox; this is the first time since 1995 that the New York Yankees were under.500 before the All Star Break. After the break, the Yankees took three out of four games from the Toronto Blue Jays and the last place Tampa Bay Devil Rays, twice. In the month of July, the Yankees traded Scott Proctor for Wilson Betemit of the Los Angeles Dodgers; the Yankees traded Jeff Kennard for Jose Molina. The beginning of August saw the Yankees, along with all of Major League Baseball, eagerly awaiting home run number 500 from Alex Rodriguez. During the home run milestone chase George Steinbrenner's health once again came into question when the New York Post and the New York Daily News each reported that Steinbrenner, during a recent interview, appeared to be suffering from dementia.
On August 4, 2007, during the first inning Alex Rodriguez hit his 500th career home run. Rodriguez became the youngest player to do so at 32 years, 8 days. On August 6, 2007, the Yankees brought up Jim Brower, they had just completed a season sweep of the Cleveland Indians, winning all 6 games th
Daniel Hill "Dan" Dickerson is an American sportscaster, best known for his current position as the lead radio play-by-play voice of Major League Baseball's Detroit Tigers on the Detroit Tigers Radio Network. Dickerson grew up in Birmingham and attended Cranbrook School, graduating in 1976, he attended Ohio Wesleyan University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He began his radio career at WMAX in Michigan as a news anchor and reporter, he covered high-school football and basketball. He moved to competitor WCUZ in 1982. Dickerson moved to Detroit in 1988 and WWJ, where he served as a general assignment news reporter and weekend news and sports anchor, he hosted the post-game call-in show for the station's Detroit Lions broadcasts. In 1995, Dickerson moved to crosstown competitor WJR, he was co-host of the weeknight sports call-in show Sportswrap. While visiting with legendary Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell in the WJR booth during the final game at Tiger Stadium in 1999, Dickerson was invited by Harwell to call an inning of play-by-play.
The following season, he joined the Tigers' radio broadcast team full-time, calling the middle innings of each game while Harwell handled the rest. Along with former Tigers catcher and color analyst Jim Price, this crew remained intact for three full seasons as the team switched radio flagship stations at the end of the 2000 season. Dickerson took over as lead play-by-play announcer on Tigers radio following Harwell's retirement at the end of the 2002 season, working with Price as a two-man crew. Dickerson has called several events for Fox Sports Detroit television, including high school football since 2002, a Michigan State Spartans hockey game in 2008, Detroit Titans basketball games in 2010 and 2011. Dickerson is a longtime member of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association, founded in 1948 by pioneering Tigers announcer Ty Tyson, he was honored by the DSBA in 2009 with the Tyson Award for Excellence in Sports Broadcasting, has been named Michigan Sportscaster of the Year three times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
During the Tigers' 2016 season, Dickerson moved to the television booth to call several road series for Fox Sports Detroit while regular TV announcer Mario Impemba joined Jim Price in the radio booth, an experiment, discarded the following season. Dickerson appears as the Detroit Tigers correspondent on MLB Network's weekday afternoon baseball news show The Rundown. On August 5, 2006, Dickerson called Iván Rodríguez's walk-off home run against the Cleveland Indians with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Many Detroit sports commentators declared it as Dickerson's best call as a Tigers broadcaster, it was replayed numerous times on Tigers commercials on WXYT. "First pitch to Pudge, fly ball, deep to left, into the night... GOODBYE! Two run shot, Tigers win! Oh man! Pudge Rodriguez with two outs delivers. Into a mob scene at home. 4-3 Tigers win!" On October 14, 2006, Magglio Ordóñez hit a walk-off home run in Game 4 of the ALCS, making the Tigers the American League champions for the first time since 1984.
Here's the way Dan Dickerson described the final moments of the game to the radio audience: "Swing and a fly ball, left field, it's deep, IT'S WAY BACK... THE TIGERS ARE GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES!! Three-run, walk-off home run! OHHHHH MAN! Ordonez around third, he's into a mob scene at home! The Tigers have beaten the A's, 6-3, completing a four-game sweep in one of the greatest turnarounds in baseball history! The Tigers, three years after losing 119 games, are going to the World Series! Magglio Ordonez with his second home run of the game. What a sight at home plate!"On June 12, 2007, Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander threw the sixth no-hitter in franchise history against the Milwaukee Brewers, Dickerson called the final out this way: "The 0-2 pitch -- swing and a high fly ball to right -- Ordonez going back -- he's got room... HE MAKES THE CATCH -- Justin Verlander has just thrown the sixth no-hitter in the 107-year history of the Detroit Tigers."On September 3, 2011, the Tigers completed a rally from an 8-1 deficit against the Chicago White Sox, the second largest in Comerica Park history with home runs in the bottom of the 9th inning, a two-run home run from Ryan Raburn to tie the game and another one of walk-off variety from Miguel Cabrera to win the game 9-8.
Dickerson animatedly described Cabrera's home run this way: "Cabrera against first pitch. Swing AND A FLY BALL, LEFT FIELD, WAY BAAACK... GONE!! MIGUEL CABRERA WALK-OFF WINNER! And the Tigers come from seven runs down to beat the White Sox 9-8 with three in bottom of the 9th!! Raburn with a two-run shot, Cabrera into the mob scene at home, delivers the winner. HOW'BOUT IT?!"On April 8, 2012, down 12-11 in the bottom of the eleventh against the Boston Red Sox, Alex Avila hit a walk-off two-run home run that went over the right field fence to win the game 13-12 for the Tigers. Here's Dickerson's call: "The 2-2 pitch again. Swing and a fly ball to right field; this one is deep. Ross at the fence. LEAPS UP! IT'S OVER HIS GLOVE, AND IT'S GONE! A HOME RUN! WALK-OFF WINNER FOR ALEX AVILA! TIGERS WIN IT, 13-12! OHHH, BABY! INTO A MOB SCENE AT HOME! THE TIGERS HAVE DONE IT! 3-RUN SHOT FOR CABRERA IN THE 9TH TO TIE IT, WALK-OFF WINNER FOR ALEX AVILA HERE IN THE 11TH!" On May 4, 2012, down 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth against the Chicago White Sox, Jhonny Peralta hit a walk-off two-run home run to win the game 5-4 fo
The Detroit Tigers are an American professional baseball team based in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers compete in Major League Baseball as a member of the American League Central division. One of the AL's eight charter franchises, the club was founded in Detroit as a member of the minor league Western League in 1894 and is the only Western League team still in its original city, they are the oldest continuous one name, one city franchise in the AL. The Tigers have won four World Series championships, 11 AL pennants, four AL Central division championships; the Tigers won division titles in 1972, 1984, 1987 as a member of the AL East. The team plays its home games at Comerica Park in Downtown Detroit; the Tigers constructed Bennett Park at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Trumbull Avenue in Corktown and began playing there in 1896. In 1912, the team moved into Navin Field, built on the same location, it was renamed Briggs Stadium. It was renamed Tiger Stadium in 1961 and the Tigers played there until moving to Comerica Park in 2000.
The franchise was founded as a member of the reorganized Western League in 1894. They played at Boulevard Park, sometimes called League Park, it was located on East Lafayette called Champlain Street, between Helen and East Grand Boulevard, near Belle Isle. In 1895, owner George Vanderbeck decided to build Bennett Park at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull Avenues, which would remain their base of operations for the next 104 seasons; the first game at The Corner was an exhibition on April 13, 1896. The team, now called the "Tigers," beat a local semi-pro team, known as the Athletics, by a score of 30–3, they played their first Western League game at Bennett Park on April 28, 1896, defeating the Columbus Senators 17–2. At the end of the 1897 season, Rube Waddell was lent to the team to gain professional experience. After being fined, Waddell left Detroit to pitch in Canada; when the Western League renamed itself the American League for 1900, it was still a minor league, but the next year, it broke from the National Agreement and declared itself a major league competing with the National League for players and for fans in four contested cities.
For a while, there were rumors of the team relocating to Pittsburgh, but the two leagues made peace in 1903 when they signed a new National Agreement. The Tigers were established as a charter member of the now major league American League in 1901, they played their first game as a major league team at home against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 25, 1901, with an estimated 10,000 fans at Bennett Park. After entering the ninth inning behind 13–4, the team staged a dramatic comeback to win 14–13; the team finished third in the eight-team league. In 1905, the team acquired 18-year-old Ty Cobb, a fearless player with a mean streak, who came to be regarded as one of the greatest players of all time; the addition of Cobb to an talented team that included Sam Crawford, Hughie Jennings, Bill Donovan and George Mullin yielded results. Behind the hitting of outfielders Ty Cobb and Sam Crawford, the pitching of Bill Donovan and Ed Killian, the Tigers went 92–58 to win the AL pennant in 1907 by 1.5 games over the Philadelphia Athletics.
They moved on to their first World Series appearance against the Chicago Cubs. Game 1 ended in a rare 3–3 tie, called due to darkness after 12 innings; the Tigers scored only three runs in the succeeding four games, never scoring more than one run in a game, lost the Series, 4–0. The Tigers won the AL by just a half-game over the 90–64 Cleveland Naps with a 90–63 record. Cobb hit.324, while Sam Crawford hit.311 with 7 home runs, enough to lead the league in the "dead ball" era. The Cubs, would defeat the Tigers again in the 1908 World Series, this time in five games; this would be the Cubs' last World Championship until 2016. In 1909, Detroit posted a 98 -- 54 season. Ty Cobb won the batting triple crown in 1909, hitting.377 with 107 RBIs. He led the league with 76 stolen bases. George Mullin was the pitching hero, going 29–8 with a 2.22 ERA, while fellow pitcher Ed Willett went 21–10. Mullin's 11–0 start in 1909 was a Tiger record for 104 years being broken by Max Scherzer's 13–0 start in 2013, it was hoped that a new opponent in the 1909 Series, the Pittsburgh Pirates, would yield different results.
The Tigers performed better in the Fall Classic, taking Pittsburgh to seven games, but they were blown out 8–0 in the decisive game at Bennett Park. The Tigers dropped to third place in the American League in 1910 with an 86–68 record, they posted 89 wins in 1911 to finish second, but were still well behind a powerhouse Philadelphia Athletics team that won 101 games. The team sunk to a dismal sixth place in both 1913 seasons. A bright spot in 1912 was George Mullin pitching the franchise's first no-hitter in a 7–0 win over the St. Louis Browns on July 4, his 32nd birthday. Cobb went into the stands in a May 15, 1912, game to attack a fan, abusing him, was suspended; the Tigers protested the suspension by fielding a team of replacement players and some coaches, lost 24–2, to the Philadelphia Athletics. During this five-season stretch, Cobb posted batting averages of.383.420.409.390 and.368, winning the AL batting title every year. In 1915, the Tigers won a then-club record 100 games, but narrowly lost the AL pennant to the Boston Red Sox, who won 101 games.
The 1915 Tigers were led by an outfield consisting of Ty Cobb, Sam Crawford, Bobby Vea
Fernando Rodney is a Dominican–American professional baseball pitcher for the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball. He played for the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Tampa Bay Rays, Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins, Arizona Diamondbacks, Minnesota Twins, he debuted in MLB in 2002, joined the 300 save club in 2017. Rodney is a three-time MLB All-Star, he won the MLB Delivery Man of the Year Award and American League Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2012. He throws a fastball between 96-99 mph, a palmball in the low 80s. Rodney is the cousin of Alfredo Fígaro. Rodney was signed by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in 1997, he spent 1999–2003 in the minor leagues, moving from the Gulf Coast League to the International League. Rodney underwent Tommy John surgery following the 2003 season, he spent the 2004 season recovering and failed to make the Tigers opening day roster after 2005 spring training. Rodney made his Major League debut 2002 at the age of 25 and split his time between the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens and the Tigers from 2002–2005.
In 2005, Rodney became the Tigers closer after Troy Percival went down with an arm injury and his replacement, Kyle Farnsworth, was traded at mid-season to the Atlanta Braves. He was called up from Toledo after Farnsworth was traded settled into the closer role, earning nine saves in 39 total appearances, during which he racked up a 2.86 earned run average. When the Tigers signed closer Todd Jones during the 2006 off-season, Rodney was reinserted into a middle relief/setup role. Rodney embraced the role as the Tigers proceeded to have their most successful season in recent history. On July 3, 2006, at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, Justin Verlander, Joel Zumaya, Rodney each threw multiple fastballs clocked in at over 100 mph, becoming the first time in MLB history that three pitchers on the same team had done so during one game. Rodney was part of the 2006 World Series roster, the first trip of Rodney's career to the MLB postseason tournament finals; the Tigers would end up losing the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Rodney started 2008 on the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis. He re-joined the big league club in mid-June. On July 27, Rodney was announced as the Tigers' new closer. Following the 2009 season, the Tigers offered arbitration to Rodney, which he rejected to pursue a multi-year deal, he was expected to be one of the more valuable closers on the market because as a "Type B" free agent, he would only cost teams a supplementary draft pick. His 1.40 ground ball-to-fly ball ratio ranked first that year among free-agent closers. The Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies were rumored to be interested in signing Rodney; the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were reported to be in serious discussions with his agent. On December 24, 2009, Rodney signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Although he closed for the Detroit Tigers in 2009, "Rodney is expected to share setup duties with Scot Shields and Kevin Jepsen and close on a fill-in basis when Brian Fuentes is down", the Los Angeles Times reported.
Rodney stated, "I think I'm a different pitcher in save situations", referring to his lower ERA in save situations. He filled in April for Angels' closer Brian Fuentes when he went on the disabled list with a strained back. Three days after the Angels traded Fuentes to the Minnesota Twins on August 27, 2010, it was announced that Rodney would be the new closer by manager Mike Scioscia. On April 5, 2011, Rodney was replaced by Jordan Walden as the full-time closer. In late September 2011, Rodney became frustrated after a lack of relief appearances and asked Angels general manager Tony Reagins for a trade. Rodney signed a $1.75 million deal with the Tampa Bay Rays for the 2012 season. While Kyle Farnsworth was on the 60-day disabled list, Rodney performed in the closer role and maintained that role after Farnsworth returned from his injury, he was selected on July 6 to participate in his first All-Star Game. On that date, he had converted 24 of 25 save opportunities. At the end of the 2012 season, Rodney had converted 48 saves, the second most that season behind Jim Johnson of the Baltimore Orioles.
His 0.60 earned run average for the season was the lowest by a qualifying relief pitcher in major league history. On October 19, 2012, Rodney was named the AL Comeback Player of the Year and the Delivery Man of the Year During his time with the Rays, Rodney appeared to shoot an arrow to high center field after converting a save as his celebration move. On February 6, 2014, Rodney signed a 2-year, $14 million contract with the Seattle Mariners. After leading the American League in saves in the first half of the season, Rodney was named as a late addition to the AL All-Star team, taking the spot of David Price. Rodney finished the 2014 season with a franchise record 48 saves, beating Kazuhiro Sasaki with 45 saves; the Mariners designated Rodney for assignment on August 22, 2015. Rodney was traded to the Chicago Cubs for cash considerations on August 27, 2015, he wore jersey #57, the first time in his career in which he wore a number other than 56. His Cubs debut came on August 28 at Dodger Stadium, where he blew a save during the season.
He pitched a scoreless eighth despite throwing a wild pitch. On February 4, 2016, Rodney signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the San Diego Padres. On April 11, 2016, Rodney pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his first save as a Padre in a win over the Philadelphia Phillies. On June 30, 201