Who are the last 5 Tigers players to hit 30 home runs in a single season?

With Spencer Torkelson threatening to hit 30 bombs, who were the last Tigers to accomplish such a feat?
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It's been a really long time since the Tigers had someone threaten to hit 30 home runs. You have to look back to 2017, when Nick Castellanos hit 26 and Justin Upton hit 28, respectively, though Upton was traded to the Angels at the August waiver trade deadline.

But this season, they finally have a player that could do it. Spencer Torkelson is on an absolute tear at the moment. He's hit eight home runs in the month of August so far, giving him 23 for the year. He's currently projected to finish with 29, which would be the most for a Tigers hitter since Upton in 2017.

With the way he's going right now, Tork has a real good shot at 30, which would be huge for him in just his second MLB season, especially given how last year went. But with Tork threatening to reach that magic number of 30 home runs, we thought it would be fun to look back at the last five Tigers to hit 30 bombs in a season.

Most of the names on here will not surprise you. They will be quite familiar, and perhaps make you long for the days when this team was a perennial playoff contender. Hopefully, we are not far off from the team being a force once again. But enough reminiscing.

Here are the last 5 Tigers to hit 30 home runs in a season

1. Justin Upton, 2016 (31)

Upton got off to pretty rough start in 2016. He had just nine homers and a .670 OPS at the All-Star break. But the second half of the season was a much different story.

He hit 22 home runs with a .916 OPS down the stretch to finish with 31 bombs. He struck out a ton in the first half, but cut those down considerably in the second half.

Upton was pretty solid for the Tigers during his brief stint. The trade to the Angels, though they got virtually nothing for him, ended up being a blessing in disguise as the back end of that contract was rough.

He hit 30 bombs one more time in 2018, but he declined hard after that. At least he was good in a Tigers uniform while he was here.