2009 Detroit Tigers
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2009 Detroit Tigers / Franchise: Detroit Tigers / BR Team Page
Record: 86-77, Finished 2nd in AL Central Division (2009 AL)
Managed by Jim Leyland
Coaches: Rafael Belliard,Jeff Jones, Rick Knapp, Gene Lamont, Lloyd McClendon and Andy Van Slyke
History, Comments, Contributions
The 2009 Detroit Tigers led the AL Central division race for most of the season, only to lose an extra-inning one-game playoff to the Minnesota Twins on October 5 after the two teams finished tied for first after 162 games. Detroit's collapse was quite accute, as they led the Twins by 7 games on September 7, and were 3 games ahead with 4 left to play before letting Minnesota catch up. They had taken an early lead in the playoff game, played in Minnesota, on a home run by Miguel Cabrera, but again let the Twins come back, then blew a chance to take another lead in the 12th inning when Cabrera was thrown out at home, and ended up losing 6-5 in 12 innings. Following the 2010 season, a panel of experts at the MLB Network voted this playoff game the 16th greatest game of the past fifty years.
Awards and Honors
- All-Stars: Curtis Granderson, Brandon Inge, Edwin Jackson and Justin Verlander
- AL Gold Glove: Placido Polanco (2B)
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