#9 The 2006 Detroit Tigers
The 2006 season saw the resurgence of the Old English D. The Tigers replaced Alan Trammell as the Skipper and brought in Jim Leyland to take the helm.
Justin Verlander contributed to the impressive 95 win campaign as he won the American League Rookie of the Year Award. Verlander wasn’t the only steller pitcher that year, as the team led the majors in ERA and shutouts behind performances from Verlander, Kenny Rogers, Jeremy Bonderman and Nate Robertson.
The Detroit Tigers would wind up with a wild-card spot after finishing the season with a 95-67 record. The American League Division Series would see the team face up against the heavily favored New York Yankees.
The Tigers won the ALDS in game four after a stellar performance from Jeremy Bonderman who threw a perfect game through five innings and allowed just one run in 8 1/3 innings.
The American League Championship Series saw the Tigers facing off against the Oakland Athletics, and despite close games, they swept the A’s in four games which gave the Tigers their tenth pennant in franchise history.
The Detroit Tigers would face off against the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, where they’d win game two but the Cardinals would ultimately win it all.
The 2011 team is up next on our list, coming in with 95 wins as well.