The 2013 Detroit Tigers made franchise history. The Tigers had a wonderful regular season filled with amazing moments. The team tied a century old mark for postseason appearances. Meanwhile, Miguel Cabrera and Max Scherzer accomplished feats unseen from Tiger players since the Dead Ball Era. These milestones are amazing considering the great players that have run through the organization and the franchise’s age.
The Tigers made three consecutive World Series from 1907-09. Then, the club went a quarter century before another postseason berth. The Tigers also won pennants in 1934-5, 1940, 1945, 1968, 1984, and 2006. The club made the playoffs in 1972 and 1987. However, they did not manage three consecutive postseason appearances again until 2011-13.
Max Scherzer was a key component of the Tigers since he joined the club in 2010. Scherzer has gone 64-30 for a .681 win percentage with Detroit. In 2013, he went a remarkable 21-3 capped off with a 1-0 victory in his final start of the campaign. Scherzer finished 2013 with a .875 win percentage. This broke Bill Donovan’s club record of .862 set in 1907.
Scherzer was not the only one harkening back to the Dead Ball Era. Miguel Cabrera won his third consecutive batting crown in 2013. The .321 career hitter batted .344 in 2011, .330 in 2012, and .348 in 2013 to pace the American League. Tony Gwynn was the last to do this in baseball when he won four crowns in a row from 1994-97. In the American League, Wade Boggs led four consecutive seasons from 1985-88. Ty Cobb was the last Tiger to win three straight when he topped the AL from 1917-19. Rogers Hornsby was the last right handed hitter to win three straight when he topped the National League from 1920-25.
The Tigers flirted with an earlier era in 2013. Max Scherzer and Miguel Cabrera reminded fans of Wild Bill Donovan and Ty Cobb. Meanwhile, the club matched the 1907-09 versions with three straight playoff appearances. This trivia is fascinating, but will be a footnote if the club does not match its predecessors from 1935, 1945, 1968, and 1984 and win the World Series.