DETROIT, MICHIGAN - APRIL 01: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates his first inning two run home run with Jeimer Candelario #46 of the Detroit Tigers while playing the Cleveland Indians during Opening Day at Comerica Park on April 01, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

With yet another disappointing season nearly complete for the Detroit Tigers, there is a lot of room to grow. Detroit has longed for a solid baseball team for the majority of the last 7 years. Partially to blame was management. Until last season, Al Avila was the general manager of the team. During Avila’s time as general manager he made countless bad moves for the franchise. Many people would say that he lost the majority of his deals. Some of these deals included Justin Verlander, Justin Upton, J.D. Martinez, Nick Castellanos, Ian Kinsler, Issac Paredes, Shane Greene. On top of those trade deals, Avila also had some horrible free agent signings. Some of the signings were Jordan Zimmerman, Mike Pelfrey, Mark Lowe, and worst of all Javier Baez.

The unfortunate part of the epic run of former Tiger’s general manager Dave Dombrowski is that the team had such great success in the regular season during the early to mid 2010’s. During this time period however, the team could not win a world series. Even though they did make it to the world series and finished first place in their division several seasons.

The good ole days

Looking back on past Detroit Tigers teams and their successes. The 2006 and 1984 teams were magical. While the 2006 team was an incredible experience to witness. With a rookie Justin Verlander, Placido Polanco, Curtis Granderson, veteran Kenny Rogers, Todd Jones, Magglio Ordonez, Craig Monroe, Pudge Rodriguez, Joel Zumaya and many other impactful pieces that made significant impact. Considering the fact, the team ultimately fell short of winning a ring, we as Detroit fans still look back on the team with admiration.

By far the best team the Tigers put together has to be the 1984 squad. This team actually won the whole thing. With a star-studded roster including Dave Bergman, Al Kaline, Alan Trammell, Lou Whitaker among others! Hopefully going into next season, the team will be able to finally play up to their standards. Young talent is finally coming around and it looks promising. Here I have included the 4 most awesome moments in Tigers history. Some are key moments for the team’s success others are just so classic I had to include them!

  • Ordonez Sends the Tigers to the World Series

    One of the best calls in broadcast history. Hearing the Fox broadcast team say “And the Tigers, march to the world series” as soon as Detroit Outfielder Magglio Ordonez makes contact with the ball still gives me goosebumps to this day. Unfortunately, Detroit couldn’t muster up more than 1 win in the World Series falling to the St. Louis Cardinals 4 games to 1.

  • Kirk Gibson 1984 World Series Home Run

    While not alive to see this play when it happened, this one is an all-time great. The call, the back and forth between Sparky Anderson and Kirk Gibson. Sparky telling Kirk that Goose Gossage thinks he can strike you out. Of course, the end result of Gibson hammering one over the wall is the icing on the cake.

  • Austin Jackson's "Almost" Perfect Game Catch

    Now this moment hurts a ton. While this play was nothing short of spectacular, a few moments later is all that is remembered. Armando Galarraga getting robbed of a Perfect Game by (blind) umpire Jim Joyce, will forever be the biggest takeaway from this game. Just 2 batters prior however, one of the greatest catches ever seen in professional baseball took place. Austin Jackson covers what seems like 200 feet of ground on his way to making a Willie Mays style catch on the warning track to preserve a Perfect Game at the time.

  • Cabrera vs Rivera

    One of the greatest battles in Major League Baseball here. 2 Hall of Famers face off in a Save situation. Yankees legend Mariano Rivera faces off against Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera fouls the ball of his own left knee on 2 separate occasions during this at bat. Both times causing considerably pain to the Tigers First Basemen. In the end Miggy got the best of Rivera and blasted a game tying homerun over the center field wall.

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