MLB American League Central Detroit Tigers 2022
While the Tigers are not expected to win the World Series in 2022, pundits currently see a team on the rise. In fact, they have the 16th-best odds of winning it all this upcoming season.
After finishing 23-35 in a shortened 2020 season (good for last in the division), the Tigers finished third in the AL Central last season with a 77-85 record.
While they have a long ways to go to catch the White Sox, there is optimism that this team is on the rise. Even management is seeing this, given that they have started adding premier free agents like shortstop Javier Baez to supplement the team.
In 2021, the team finished 22nd in the majors in runs per game (4.30) and 17th in pitching staff earned run average (4.31).
Obviously, the team still needs to improve, but with some building blocks already on the major league roster and a strong minor league system led by Spencer Torkelson and Riley Greene (both in the top seven of MLB.com’s current top-100 prospects), the future is bright for Detroit.
MLB American League Central Detroit Tigers History
Founded in 1901 as one of the first eight major league franchises in the American League, the Detroit Tigers history is as rich as it gets throughout the majors. With multiple championships, pennants, and division titles (in multiple divisions), the Tigers are one of the oldest and respected franchises in baseball.
Before officially becoming a major league team, the team’s origins stem back to 1894, when they were a minor league team in the Western League. Unlike most other teams, though, it has kept its city and name since the beginning.
When Major League Baseball decided to incorporate divisions into each league in 1969, the Tigers were one of the original American League East teams. In 1998, to accommodate the expansion franchise Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the Tigers moved to the AL Central. They have been there ever since.
Since their first major league season in 1901, the Detroit Tigers have had a winning record. They are a combined 9,446 – 9,311, good for a .504 winning percentage.
The franchise has played in five different stadiums, stemming from its days in the Western League. Today, they call Comerica Park home, where they have played since 2000.