Detroit -- There were great expectations for the Detroit Tigers coming into the 2012 season after they signed Prince Fielder, one of the top free agents on the market.
Virtually every baseball expert picked the Tigers to repeat as Central Division champions.
But, as the old saying goes, the games are not played on paper.
It became clear from the second game of the season that things were not going to be smooth sailing for the Tigers. Doug Fister lasted just 3 23 innings in his first start, suffering a left side strain that forced him to go on the disabled list.
April was also the month in which the Tigers release their longest-tenured member, Brandon Inge, who was being soundly booed by Tigers fans for lack of performance. Inge was hitting just .100.
Then came the incident in New York, when Delmon Young was arrested for a misdemeanor aggravated harassment charge that involved targeting someone for his or her religious beliefs. Major League Baseball suspended Young for seven gam...