Detroit Tigers All-Time Roster

This is the Detroit Tigers all-time roster. I decided to select two players for each infield position, six outfielders (regardless of specific position), and one designated hitter for each AL team. Hitters had to have a minimum of 1,500 plate appearance. For pitching, we selected seven starting pitchers, three non-closers, and two closers. Starting pitchers had to start at least 100 games during their time with the franchise to qualify. Relief pitchers were deemed non-closers if they saved less than 30 games. Closers are pitchers that save more than 30 games.


  • Catcher – Bill Freehan

    • Age: 19, 21 – 34
    • Years: 1961, 1963 – 1976
    Bill Freehan
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    113 .339 44.7 1,774 6,900 706 1,591 241 35 200 758 24 626 753 .262 .340 .412 .752

  • First Base – Hank Greenberg

    • Age: 19, 22 – 30, 34 – 35
    • Years: 1930, 1933 – 1941, 1945 – 1946
    Hank Greenberg
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    156 .457 54.1 1,269 5,588 975 1,528 366 69 306 1,200 58 748 771 .319 .412 .616 1.028

  • Second Base – Charlie Gehringer

    • Age: 21 – 39
    • Years: 1924 – 1942
    Charlie Gehringer
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    124 .405 80.6 2,323 10,245 1,775 2,839 574 146 184 1,427 181 1,186 372 .320 .404 .480 .884

  • Third Base – George Kell

    • Age: 23 – 29
    • Years: 1946 – 1952
    George Kell
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    120 .384 22.8 826 3,735 502 1,075 210 35 25 414 34 337 107 .325 .391 .433 .824

  • Shortstop – Alan Trammell

    • Age: 19 – 38
    • Years: 1977 – 1996
    Alan Trammell
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    111 .343 70.4 2,293 9,376 1,231 2,365 412 55 185 1,003 236 850 874 .285 .352 .415 .767

  • Outfield – Ty Cobb

    • Age: 18 – 39
    • Years: 1905 – 1926
    Ty Cobb
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    168 .448 144.7 2,806 12,120 2,086 3,900 665 284 111 1,811 869 1,148 652 .368 .434 .516 .950

  • Outfield – Al Kaline

    • Age: 18 – 39
    • Years: 1953 – 1974
    Al Kaline
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    134 .378 92.5 2,834 11,596 1,622 3,007 498 75 399 1,582 137 1,277 1,020 .297 .376 .480 .855

  • Outfield – Harry Heilmann

    • Age: 19, 21 – 34
    • Years: 1914, 1916 – 1929
    Harry Heilmann
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    145 .427 67.6 1,990 8,394 1,209 2,499 497 145 164 1,446 111 792 498 .342 .410 .518 .928

  • Designated Hitter – Victor Martinez

    • Age: 32, 34 – 38
    • Years: 2011, 2013 – 2017
    Victor Martinez
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    118 .347 5.0 836 3,434 373 916 167 0 106 486 4 287 360 .296 .357 .453 .810

  • Starting Pitcher – Hal Newhouser

    • Age: 18 – 32
    • Years: 1939 – 1953
    Hal Newhouser
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    76 59.1 460 373 200 148 3.07 2,944 212 33 19 1,181 1,033 1,227 1,770 5.4 1.313

  • Starting Pitcher – Justin Verlander

    • Age: 22 – 34
    • Years: 2005 – 2017
    Justin Verlander
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    82 55.0 380 380 183 114 3.49 2,511 23 7 0 1,057 975 766 2,373 8.5 1.191

  • Starting Pitcher – Tommy Bridges

    • Age: 23 – 36, 38 – 39
    • Years: 1930 – 1943, 1945 – 1946
    Tommy Bridges
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    79 52.5 424 362 194 138 3.57 2,826.1 200 33 10 1,321 1,122 1,192 1,674 5.3 1.368

  • Starting Pitcher – Dizzy Trout

    • Age: 24 – 37
    • Years: 1939 – 1952
    Dizzy Trout
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    79 45.2 493 305 161 153 3.20 2,591.2 156 28 37 1,101 922 978 1,199 4.2 1.344

  • Starting Pitcher – Mickey Lolich

    • Age: 22 – 34
    • Years: 1963 – 1975
    Mickey Lolich
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    96 47.5 508 459 207 175 3.45 3,361.2 190 39 9 1,415 1,289 1,014 2,679 7.2 1.222

  • Relief Pitcher – Doug Brocail

    • Age: 30 – 33
    • Years: 1997 – 2000
    Doug Brocail
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    60 7.3 240 0 17 14 3.06 273.1 0 0 4 102 93 93 234 7.7 1.211

  • Relief Pitcher – Joaquin Benoit

    • Age: 33 – 35
    • Years: 2011 – 2013
    Joaquin Benoit
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    70 5.0 205 0 13 7 2.89 199 0 0 28 68 64 61 220 9.9 1.075

  • Closer – John Hiller

    • Age: 22 – 27, 29 – 37
    • Years: 1965 – 1970, 1972 – 1980
    John Hiller
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    74 31.2 545 43 87 76 2.83 1,242 13 6 125 438 391 535 1,036 7.5 1.268

    Bench

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4 comments

  • Fun exercise. My first reaction was “no Mickey Cochrane?” But then I noticed he didn’t have the requisite plate appearances. Still, no Lance Parrish? Jack Morris? As much as I loved Gibby, you could make a good case for Willie Horton. Also – seeing this underscores how chronically weak the Tigers bullpen has been thorough the years!

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  • Fun exercise. My first reaction was “no Mickey Cochrane?” But then I noticed he didn’t have the requisite plate appearances. Still, no Lance Parrish? Jack Morris? As much as I loved Gibby, you could make a good case for Willie Horton. Also – seeing this underscores how chronically weak the Tigers bullpen has been through the years!

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  • Miggie is not your starting third baseman?

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  • Except where its obvious, everyone’s selection will be personal opinion. In 1987, Alan Trammell had the greatest single season as a Tiger SS. Still, I think Billy Rogell is the Tigers greatest overall SS. He was a good hitter as well as a high range defender. However, for the greatest Tiger team, Ownie Bush is one of the greatest lead off hitters ever, he also is one of the highest defensive range SS ever.

    Of the all time teams, the Tigers have one of the weakest bullpens.

    C Lance Parris, Bill Freehan, Mickey Cochrane, Ivan Rodriguez

    1B Hank Greenberg, Rudy York, Norm Cash
    2B Charlie Gehringer, Lou Whitaker, Placido Polanco
    3B George Kell, Miguel Cabrera
    SS Ownie Bush, Billy Rogell, Allan Trammell, Harvey Kuenn, Carlos Guillen

    LF Bobby Veach, Rocky Colavito, Heinie Manush
    CF Ty Cobb, Ron LeFlore
    RF Harry Heilmann, Al Kaline, Sam Crawford, Magglio Ordonez

    DH Rusty Staub, Willie Horton, Victor Martinez

    SUB Tony Phillips, Mickey Tettleton

    SPL Micky Lolich, Hal Newhouser, Earl Whitehill, Harry Covelesky
    SPR Justin Verlander, Jack Morris, Jim Bunning, Hooks Dauss, Dizzy Trout, Tommy Bridges, George Mullin

    RPL John Hiller, Willie Hernandez, Jamie Walker
    RPR Terry Fox, Mike Henneman, Aurelio Lopez

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