2021 Detroit Tigers season
|2021 Detroit Tigers|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Christopher Ilitch; Ilitch family trust|
|General manager(s)||Al Avila|
|Manager(s)||A. J. Hinch|
|Local television||Fox Sports Detroit|
|Local radio||Detroit Tigers Radio Network|
(Dan Dickerson, Jim Price)
|< Previous season|
The 2021 Detroit Tigers season will be the team's 121st season and its 22nd at Comerica Park. This will be the Tigers' first season under new manager A. J. Hinch following the sudden retirement of Ron Gardenhire on September 19, 2020. The Tigers' season will tentatively begin at home on April 1 against the Cleveland Indians, pending changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They will attempt to make the playoffs for the first time since 2014.
- On October 30, the Tigers hired A. J. Hinch as the team's new manager. Hinch most recently held the same position for the Houston Astros but was suspended for the 2020 season due to a sign stealing scandal that occurred in 2017 and 2018, later leading to his dismissal.
- On November 6, the Tigers named Chris Fetter as pitching coach, and promoted Juan Nieves (previously pitching coach for the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens) to assistant pitching coach for the MLB team. They also announced they would retain base coach Ramón Santiago and quality control coach Josh Paul from the 2020 staff.
- On November 7, the Tigers named George Lombard as bench coach, Scott Coolbaugh as hitting coach and Chip Hale as third base coach.
- On December 8, the Tigers named José Cruz Jr. assistant hitting coach.
- On October 27, the Tigers outrighted four players from their 40-man roster: outfielder Jorge Bonifacio and pitchers Darío Agrazal, Dereck Rodríguez and Nick Ramirez. All cleared waivers without being claimed by another team. Ramirez elected to pursue free agency, and was signed to a minor league contract by the San Diego Padres on December 21, 2020. The remaining three can become minor league free agents and are elgible to be re-signed by the Tigers.
- On October 28, the following Tigers players declared free agency: catcher Austin Romine, infielders Jonathan Schoop and C. J. Cron, and pitchers Jordan Zimmermann, Iván Nova and Sandy Báez.
- On November 19, the Tigers released outfielder/first baseman Brandon Dixon, who announced his intention to play in Nippon Professional Baseball. Dixon cleared waivers on November 21.
- On December 7, pitcher Anthony Castro was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays.
- On December 23, catcher Eric Haase was designated for assignment. He was outrighted on January 6, 2021.
- On January 5, outfielder Troy Stokes was designated for assignment.
- On November 20, the Tigers purchased the minor league contracts of pitchers Joey Wentz, Matt Manning, Alex Lange and Alex Faedo, adding them to the 40-man roster.
- On December 10, the Tigers claimed outfielder Akil Baddoo from the Minnesota Twins organization in the Rule 5 draft.
- On December 14, the Tigers signed pitcher Ian Krol to a minor-league contract, with an invitation to spring training.
- On December 23, the Tigers signed catcher Dustin Garneau to a minor-league contract, with an invitation to spring training.
- On December 23, the Tigers signed pitcher José Ureña to a one-year, $3.25 million contract.
- On January 4, the Tigers signed pitcher Locke St. John to a minor league contract.
- On January 5, the Tigers signed outfielder Robbie Grossman to a two-year, $10 million contract.
- On January 7, the Tigers signed pitcher Miguel Del Pozo to a minor-league contract.
- On January 12, the Tigers signed pitcher Michael Fulmer to a one-year, $3.1 million contract, avoiding arbitration.
- On January 15, the Tigers agreed to one-year contracts with all remaining arbitration-eligible players, including infielders Jeimer Candelario and Niko Goodrum, outfielder JaCoby Jones, and pitchers Joe Jiménez, Buck Farmer, Matthew Boyd, Daniel Norris and José Cisnero.
American League Central
|Chicago White Sox||0||0||-nan||—||0–0||0–0|
|Kansas City Royals||0||0||-nan||—||0–0||0–0|
|2021 Game Log: 0–0 (Home 0–0, Road 0–0)|
April: 0–0 (Home 0–0, Road 0–0)
May : 0–0 (Home 0–0, Road 0–0)
June: 0–0 (Home 0–0, Road 0–0)
July : 0–0 (Home 0–0, Road 0–0)
August: 0–0 (Home 0–0, Road 0–0)
September/October: 0–0 (Home 0–0, Road 0–0)
|Legend: = Win = Loss = Postponement|
Bold = Tigers team member
|AAA||Toledo Mud Hens||International League||Tom Prince|
|AA||Erie SeaWolves||Eastern League||Arnie Beyeler|
|A-Advanced||West Michigan Whitecaps||Midwest League||Brayan Peña|
|A||Lakeland Flying Tigers||Florida State League||Andrew Graham|
|Rookie||GCL Tigers East||Gulf Coast League||Francisco Contreras|
|Rookie||GCL Tigers West||Gulf Coast League||Ryan Minor|
|Rookie||DSL Tigers 1||Dominican Summer League||Ramon Zapata|
|Rookie||DSL Tigers 2||Dominican Summer League||Marcos Yepez|
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