The Tigers experienced a rebirth in 2006, and now you can revel in the complete history of the franchise with "The Ultimate Tigers Companion", a new encyclopedia with all the Tigers information you can ever dream of. If it's stats you crave, you'll find them in droves. From batting registers to pitching registers, from fielding stats to baserunning stats, year-by-year and career statistics for every player to ever wear the Old English D are included. Fans can relive each pennant race, read about the team's twenty-five greatest games, and see a compilation of records sorted by year, manager, general manager, and owner. The book even offers a year-by-year history of broadcasters. Statistics don't tell the whole story, though, so the Companion also includes information on some of the top players and years in team history. A special section features each Tigers postseason series - 2006 included - with box scores, series evaluations, and postseason statistics for each. And every Tiger that made the All-Star team, won a postseason award, or reached the Hall of Fame is profiled and honored as well.
It even records the building of the team, with a history of the farm system, a look at free-agent signings - boons and busts - and statistics on the team's successes and failures in the draft. If it happened to, for, or with the Tigers, then the "Companion" has it covered.
Gary Gillette is the president of 24-7 Baseball, LLC, and a columnist for ESPN Insider. He is the coeditor of the ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia and ESPN Football Encyclopedia. He lives in Detroit. Pete Palmer is the coauthor of The Hidden Game of Baseball and coeditor of the ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia and ESPN Football Encyclopedia. He introduced on-base average as an official statistic for the American League and invented on-base plus slugging (OPS), now universally used as a good measure of batting strength. He lives in Hollis, New Hampshire.