Detroit Tigers Logo – The Detroit Tigers are a deductible of baseball based in Detroit playing in the Major League Baseball. The Tigers are one of four founding franchises of the American League still localized in the same city. After playing the World Series in 2006, the Tigers are on a 2009 season disappointing, finishing second in the Central Division of the American League after the long race ahead. They wear on the pole after a playoff against the Minnesota Twins.
The franchise was founded in 1894, but adopted its present name in 1901. It owes its name to an old military unit based in Detroit (Detroit Light Guard) who was nicknamed the Tigers and was very active during certain battles of the Civil War. The same year, the Tigers joined the American League. The Tigers played their first game in the big leagues on April 25 1901 against the Milwaukee Brewers before 10,000 fans at Bennett Park. Led 13-4 in the ninth inning, the Tigers carried a staggering return during the final round to win the game 14-13. Detroit finally finished third in eight American League in 1901.
The Tiger Stadium was abandoned in 1999 in favor of a new stadium, Comerica Park, which opened on 11 April 2000. The Tigers return to World Series in 2006 under the guidance of manager Jim Leyland. To everyone’s surprise, the St. Louis Cardinals are needed. In 2007, the Tigers are behind by the Cleveland Indians late in the season in the Central Division of the American League. Despite this failure partly explained by injuries, many experts now put the Tigers as favorites in this division in 2008. A survey of managers of the thirty MLB even gives the Tigers as number two behind the Boston Red Sox to victory in World Series.