2006 Detroit Tigers: Where are they now?

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DETROIT - OCTOBER 14: Players from the Detroit Tigers celebrate at home plate as Craig Monroe runs home on a 3-run walk-off home run, hit by Magglio Ordonez, against the Oakland Athletics during Game Four of the American League Championship Series October 14, 2006 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers won 6-3 to sweep the Athletics and advance to the World Series. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
DETROIT - OCTOBER 14: Players from the Detroit Tigers celebrate at home plate as Craig Monroe runs home on a 3-run walk-off home run, hit by Magglio Ordonez, against the Oakland Athletics during Game Four of the American League Championship Series October 14, 2006 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers won 6-3 to sweep the Athletics and advance to the World Series. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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SEATTLE – MAY 26: Starting pitcher Jeremy Bonderman #38 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on May 26, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE – MAY 26: Starting pitcher Jeremy Bonderman #38 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on May 26, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /

Jeremy Bonderman

Jeremy Bonderman spent 10 seasons in a Tigers uniform. Considered a future ace, Bonderman struggled with injuries and inconsistency, never quite living up to his potential.

Bonderman was originally selected in the first round by the Oakland A’s in the 2001 draft. He was shipped to the Tigers in a blockbuster three team trade that included Carlos Pena, Jeff Weaver and Ted Lilly.

Bonderman debuted during the disastrous 2003 season, starting 28 games and going 6-19 with a 5.56 ERA. He got progressively better in 2004 and 2005, and had his career year in 2006.

That season, Bonderman went 14-8 with a 4.08 ERA (3.29 FIP) and 202 strikeouts.

He was better in the playoffs, making one start in each series and finishing with a 3.10 ERA across 20.1 innings.

Unfortunately, Bonderman’s career never took off from there. From 2007-2010 he threw 427 innings for the Tigers with a 5.17 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.

He took the 2011 and 2012 seasons off before signing with the Mariners to attempt a comeback. He eventually made the team midseason of 2013, starting seven games and going 1-3 with a 4.93 ERA. The Mariners released him in July and the Tigers picked him back up three days later.

He finished his career throwing 11 games out of Detroit’s bullpen with a 6.48 ERA.

Bonderman lives a quiet life these days in his hometown of Pasco, Washington. He is married with two kids, 11-year-old Mailee and 7-year-old Tripp.

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