Detroit Tigers: 2011 Season Review

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Detroit Tigers: 2011 Season Review
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Heading into the 2011 season, the Detroit Tigers were seen as a middle-of-the-road team.  Best case expectations foresaw a division title, and the worst case scenario was a finish at the bottom of the division—but something strange happened.

The Tigers got good.

With the powerhouse New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers in the AL, there were few who would have picked the Tigers as a team to be playing for the right to go to the World Series. 

Although they ultimately lost the ALCS, the Tigers proved they were the second-best team in the AL—just a notch below the Rangers in the league's pecking order.

Some shrewd moves and player development led the Tigers to become serious title contenders, a label that is likely to stick throughout the off-season and into next year.

Regarding the 2011 season, what went right?  What went wrong?  What were the best and worst moments?  Who was the MVP?  What's next?

The Tigers' future is finally bright again, but let's take a brief look at how they got here.

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