Tigers Stumble to Close with Loss in Finale

The 2005 campaign came to a depressing end on Sunday afternoon in Minnesota, as the Twins completed the sweep of the Tigers. The lackluster effort likely did the Tigers in, leaving them with a worse record in '05 than in 2004, and now the attention turns to manager Alan Trammell, whose fate will be decided on Monday.

Detroit Tigers - 71-91, 4th in AL Central
Not many thought with the added talent, the extra year of development and the infusion of some young talent would leave the Tigers with a worse record in 2005. But that's exactly what happened, as the Tigers closed out the year with a dud, falling 6-4 to Minnesota. It was likely all too fitting that the Tigers' unluckiest pitcher in '05, Nate Robertson, would take the loss to close out the year. Robertson allowed five of the six Minnesota runs in seven innings of work, while Fernando Rodney closed out the eighth, giving up one final run. Carlos Pena and Chris Shelton each had home runs, Pena a solo blast, Shelton a two run home run. Nook Logan and John McDonald each had a hit and a run scored from the bottom of the lineup. So the season ends, with just 71 wins, a total not even the equal of the 2004 version of the Tigers, who didn't have the advantages of Magglio Ordonez or Chris Shelton either. The first question to be addressed; the future of manager Alan Trammell. Trammell is set to meet with general manager Dave Dombrowski about his future, at which point the Tigers will likely decide whether to bring back Trammell for a fourth season, or elect to look in a new direction.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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