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Detroit Tigers All-Time Roster

Updated 03/23/2020

This is the Detroit Tigers all-time roster. The roster consists of one starter and one bench player for each infield position and one starter and one bench player for each outfield position. Hitters had to have a minimum of 1,500 plate appearances. For pitching, I selected five starting pitchers and three relief pitchers. Starting pitchers had to start at least 75 games during their time with the franchise to qualify. Relief pitchers had to accumulate a minimum of 150 innings pitched to be eligible.


  • Catcher – Bill Freehan
    • Age: 19, 21 – 34
    • Years: 1961, 1963 – 1976

    Bill Freehan
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    44.7 113 1774 6899 6073 706 1591 241 35 200 758 24 21 626 753 .262 .340 .412 .752

  • First Base – Hank Greenberg
    • Age: 19, 22 – 30, 34 – 35
    • Years: 1930, 1933 – 1941, 1945 – 1946

    Hank Greenberg
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    54.3 156 1269 5586 4791 980 1528 366 69 306 1202 58 26 748 771 .319 .410 .616 1.026

  • Second Base – Charlie Gehringer
    • Age: 21 – 39
    • Years: 1924 – 1942

    Charlie Gehringer
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    80.5 124 2323 10237 8860 1774 2839 574 146 184 1427 181 89 1186 372 .320 .398 .480 .878

  • Third Base – George Kell
    • Age: 23 – 29
    • Years: 1946 – 1952

    George Kell
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    22.8 120 826 3734 3303 503 1075 210 35 25 414 34 27 337 107 .325 .382 .433 .815

  • Shortstop – Alan Trammell
    • Age: 19 – 38
    • Years: 1977 – 1996

    Alan Trammell
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    70.7 111 2293 9375 8288 1231 2365 412 55 185 1003 236 109 850 874 .285 .350 .415 .765

  • Right Field – Al Kaline
    • Age: 18 – 39
    • Years: 1953 – 1974

    Al Kaline
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    92.3 134 2834 11597 10116 1622 3007 498 75 399 1583 137 65 1277 1020 .297 .378 .480 .858

  • Center Field – Ty Cobb
    • Age: 18 – 39
    • Years: 1905 – 1926

    Ty Cobb
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    144.8 168 2806 12105 10591 2088 3900 665 284 111 1804 865 154 1148 329 .368 .424 .516 .940

  • Left Field – Bobby Veach
    • Age: 24 – 35
    • Years: 1912 – 1923

    Bobby Veach
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    45.9 127 1604 6782 5979 859 1859 345 136 59 1042 189 75 512 345 .311 .357 .444 .801

  • Starting Pitcher – Hal Newhouser
    • Age: 18 – 32
    • Years: 1939 – 1953
    Hal Newhouser
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    59.2 76 460 373 200 148 3.07 2944 212 33 19 1181 1003 1227 1770 14.2% 1.31

  • Starting Pitcher – Justin Verlander
    • Age: 22 – 34
    • Years: 2005 – 2017
    Justin Verlander
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    55.1 82 380 380 183 114 3.49 2511 23 7 0 1057 975 766 2373 22.8% 1.19

  • Starting Pitcher – Dizzy Trout
    • Age: 24 – 37
    • Years: 1939 – 1952
    Dizzy Trout
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    46.7 80 493 305 161 153 3.20 2591.2 156 28 34 1101 922 978 1199 10.9% 1.34

  • Starting Pitcher – Mickey Lolich
    • Age: 22 – 34
    • Years: 1963 – 1975
    Mickey Lolich
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    47.7 96 508 459 207 175 3.45 3361.2 190 39 10 1415 1289 1014 2679 19.2% 1.22

  • Starting Pitcher – Tommy Bridges
    • Age: 23 – 36, 38 – 39
    • Years: 1930 – 1943, 1945 – 1946
    Tommy Bridges
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    52.7 80 424 362 194 138 3.57 2826.1 200 33 10 1321 1122 1192 1674 13.8% 1.37

  • Relief Pitcher – John Hiller
    • Age: 22 – 27, 29 – 37
    • Years: 1965 – 1970, 1972 – 1980
    John Hiller
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    31.4 75 545 43 87 76 2.83 1242 13 6 125 438 391 535 1036 19.9% 1.27

  • Relief Pitcher – Mike Henneman
    • Age: 25 – 33
    • Years: 1987 – 1995
    Mike Henneman
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    12.6 74 491 0 57 34 3.05 669.1 0 0 154 266 227 250 480 16.9% 1.31

  • Relief Pitcher – Willie Hernandez
    • Age: 29 – 34
    • Years: 1984 – 1989
    Willie Hernandez
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    8.6 74 358 0 36 31 2.98 483.2 0 0 120 175 160 138 384 19.4% 1.12

Bench

  • Catcher – Lance Parrish, 1977 – 1986
  • First Base – Miguel Cabrera, 2008 – 2019
  • Second Base – Lou Whitaker, 1977 – 1995
  • Third Base – Travis Fryman, 1990 – 1997
  • Shortstop – Donie Bush, 1908 – 1921
  • Right Field – Harry Heilmann, 1914, 1916 – 1929
  • Center Field – Chet Lemon, 1982 – 1990
  • Left Field – Tony Phillips, 1990 – 1994
  • Starting Pitcher – Jack Morris, 1977 – 1990
  • Starting Pitcher – Jim Bunning, 1955 – 1963
  • Starting Pitcher – Frank Lary, 1954 – 1964
  • Relief Pitcher – Aurelio Lopez, 1979 – 1985

4 Comments »

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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