Record: 71-91, Finished 4th in AL Central Division (2005 AL)
Managed by Alan Trammell
Ballpark: Comerica Park
As has been par for the course in the Mike Ilitch regieme, the 2005 Tigers were a struggling bunch that rarely generated much excitment in Comerica Park. Some had hopes that maybe this team could contend for an AL Central title if the team could remain healthy. That never happened. And some key players that were expected to produce solid seasons simply didn't do that. Pudge Rodriguez expressed his discontent all season long and that discontent hit a high point with manager Alan Trammell. That may have spelled the doom for Trammell, a hometown hero. Many felt Trammell was hired to deflect the blow of a poor team in the clubhouse and that he would buy the team some time to rebuild. From day one many questioned his managerial ability from the stands while others argued he was playing chess without his queen and rooks. Still at the season's end he was fired and hired was Jim Leyland, someone expected to get control of the clubhouse in 2006. The Tigers went on to win the 2006 AL pennant under Leyland.