The Detroit Tigers found themselves in a state of rebuilding the last few years. The last time the Tigers made the playoffs was in 2014. Ever since then, the expectations have not been high for the team from Detroit.
From losing some of its top players to changing managers, the identity of the Tigers has quickly changed. A team that was once regarded as the top team in the AL for numerous years now finds themselves as one of the worst teams in baseball. When will we see an improvement from the Tigers?
A struggling team the last few years
Last season the Tigers had its worst record in franchise history since 2003. The team only won 47 games throughout the season. It was the second year for manager Ron Gardenhire as he’s attempting to get this team back to having some success. A team where fans once packed Comerica Park to watch them play is now just a thought. You can probably count the number of fans you see at Comerica Park now.
Given the fact that the Tigers have changed the outlook of the team by having a younger roster, the idea of rebuilding comes to mind. But, how long does it take for an organization to rebuild? And when you’re in the rebuilding process, you would expect to see some positive coming out of it, right?
During the 2017 and 2018 season, the Tigers finished with the same record, 64-98. Going into 2019 hopes of a better season were put in place, but that wasn’t the case. The 2019 season was the second worse season in the history of the organization.
A team that once dominated
During the 2011-2014 seasons, the Tigers were a team to beat in the MLB. Looking at the depth chart, it was loaded with talent. The team had pitching, hitting, and defense. People enjoyed watching those teams play. During the 2012 season, the world witnessed the first triple crown winner in 45 years win Miguel Cabrera won it.
Though the Tigers did not win a World Series during those years, they made it to the postseason making two ALCS appearances and one World Series appearance. The team had one of the most dominating pitching rotations as well. There was a time where the Tigers had Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez, and Rick Porcello among the starting rotation. Now all of those pitchers have won titles with other teams.
Baseball in Detroit could not get any better during those years. The fans came and brought the energy to Comerica Park, especially during the playoffs.
What to look for in the future
The only person on the Tigers roster currently who was on those successful teams is Miguel Cabrera. With this young Tigers team, it gives you a preview of what the future looks like. One bright spot for the team is that they have had a really good farm system pitching rotation.
Matt Manning and Casey Mize have performed at a high level on the mound in the minors and will find themselves in the starting rotation for the Tigers pretty soon. Things should only get better for the Tigers going forward, and hopefully, they can get back to that playoff atmosphere.