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The 2018 Detroit Tigers season was the team's 118th season. It was the team's first year under a mostly new coaching staff led by new Manager Ron Gardenhire. It was the fourth consecutive season they missed the playoffs, finishing with the same record as the previous season, 64-98, but good for third place in the American League Central division.
It was the last season for television announcers Mario Impemba and Rod Allen, who had been together since 2003. Their contracts were not renewed due to an alleged physical altercation after the game on September 4.
Starting this season, the Tigers changed the classic curved Old English D logo on their home uniforms to match that of the sharp cornered hat logo, which is now larger.
On October 20, the Tigers announced Ron Gardenhire was named the successor to Brad Ausmus as the Tigers' manager, and signed to a three-year contract.
On June 27, 2018, the Tigers terminated pitching coach Chris Bosio's contract due to "insensitive comments that violated Club policy and his Uniform Employee Contract." Bullpen coach Rick Anderson was then promoted to pitching coach.
On December 1, the Tigers announced they would not tender a contract to relief pitcher Bruce Rondón, making him a free agent. On February 1, Rondón signed a minor-league contract with the Chicago White Sox.
On January 9, the Tigers signed catcher Brayan Peña to a minor league contract. Peña retired as a player on June 18, 2018, and went on to manage the Tigers' rookie league team in the Gulf Coast League.
On August 10, the Tigers signed relief pitcher Zach McAllister to a major league contract. He pitched in just three games for the Tigers before being designated for assignment and electing free agency on August 22.
On December 13, the Tigers traded second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for 18-year old pitching prospect Wilkel Hernandez and minor league outfielder Troy Montgomery.
On April 8, the Tigers won a game with two or fewer hits for the first time since July 11, 2004 against the Minnesota Twins.
On May 28, the Tigers established a franchise record by hitting at least one double in 44 consecutive games, breaking the previous team record set in 1924. JaCoby Jones hit the record-breaking double in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels. The streak was extended to 53 consecutive games before ending on June 6 against the Boston Red Sox. This was the third-longest streak in Major League history since at least 1908.
On July 15, the Tigers faced starter Justin Verlander for the first time since he was traded to the Houston Astros from the Tigers on August 31, 2017. Detroit won the game 6-3, while tagging Verlander for four home runs. It was only the third time in Verlander's career that he gave up four home runs in a game.
On April 21 against the Kansas City Royals, Mike Fiers became just the second Tigers player since 1908 to give up 10 or more hits in fewer than six innings, strike out nobody and earn a victory, and the first Tigers player to do since Dan Petry in 1984.
On September 20 against the Kansas City Royals, Christin Stewart hit his first two major league home runs in his first two at-bats, and had six RBIs in the game. It was the first time a Tiger player hit his first two major league home runs in the same game since Brent Clevlen in 2006, the first time a Tiger rookie had a six-RBI game since Ryan Raburn had a seven-RBI game in 2007, and the first time since 1908 that a Tiger player had a six-RBI game within his first 11 career contests.
JaCoby Jones' Defensive Runs Saved rating of 24 (meaning 24 better than league average) was the best among all major league outfielders, and he finished second to Mookie Betts in Ultimate Zone Rating.