The 2016 season may not have gone the way many Tigers fans had hoped, but it still managed to be a season of incredible moments and amazing memories. While the Tigers did not end up making it into the postseason, let’s reflect on what happened from April to October.
The season got off to a frigid start.
Brad Ausmus has had to endure a lot of flak as the Tigers’ manager, often for his seemingly questionable decision-making (or lack thereof). However, in a moment that endeared him to many fans, Ausmus went on an epic tirade against home plate umpire Doug Edding after a disputed call in a game against the Twins. Ausmus memorably removed his sweater and covered up the plate, before being ejected from the game.
New Tigers pitcher Mike Pelfrey struggled mightily throughout the season, and it sometimes showed.
Verlander celebrated a huge career milestone on May 18, collecting his 2000th strikeout in a game against the Minnesota Twins.
In another May milestone, Francisco Rodriguez got his 400th save on May 24th against the Phillies.
And ending out the month in big career highlights, Ian Kinsler got his first ever grand slam during a May 31st game in Anaheim against the Angels.
Michael Fulmer, one of the breakout stars of the 2016 season, watches the action during the June 1 game in Anaheim. He would take a no-hitter through 6 2⁄3 innings in that game and go on to win the 2016 Rookie of the Year title.
Ian Kinsler, in one of the highlights of the season, intentionally let a ball drop to during the July 25th game against the Boston Red Sox.
In a moment that will likely be remembered by Tigers fans for decades to come, J.D. Martinez took the plate on an August 3 game against the White Sox, coming in as a pinch hitter after a lengthy trip to the DL. After Mario Impemba said “Oh, if he hits one our right here?” J.D. did just that, getting the go-ahead run.
Miguel Cabrera reacts with unrestrained excitement over a home run hit by Victor Martinez during a September 9 game against the Baltimore Orioles.
In what would prove to be a game of high drama, punctuating the already tense rivalry between the Tigers and the Indians, Ian Kinsler was hit in the head by a wild pitch from Trevor Bauer on September 18, ultimately causing Kinsler to miss several games due to concussion symptoms.
After Kinsler was taken out for several games, Andrew Romine stepped in to fill his place, giving us several memorable moments.
Ian Kinsler reacts to a Miguel Cabrera home run against the Indians in late September. Though often reserved in interviews, Kinsler has never shied away from showing his feelings on the field.
After a long, brutal season against division rivals the Indians, the last regular season game of 2016 between the two teams would ultimately be postponed due to rain. The game was not made up, and the Indians went on to represent the American League in the World Series.
Jose Iglesias lets his disappointment show after being thrown out during the Tigers final series against the Atlanta Braves. The three games—the final three to be played at Atlanta’s Turner Field—would prove to be the nail in the coffin of the Tigers’ season.