Detroit Tigers Batting Leaders


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All stats leaders are based on seasons between 1998 – 2016.

To be eligible for single-season ratio stats a player needed to qualify for batting title.

To be eligible for career ratio stats a player needed to have 1,500 at bats.

Single-Season WAR
Rank Year Player WAR
1 1917 Ty Cobb 11.3
2 1911 Ty Cobb 10.7
3 1910 Ty Cobb 10.5
4 1909 Ty Cobb 9.8
5 1915 Ty Cobb 9.5
6 1923 Harry Heilmann 9.3
7 1961 Norm Cash 9.2
1912 Ty Cobb 9.2
9 1961 Al Kaline 8.4
1934 Charlie Gehringer 8.4
Career WAR
Rank Player WAR
1 Ty Cobb 144.7
2 Al Kaline 92.5
3 Charlie Gehringer 80.6
4 Lou Whitaker 74.9
5 Alan Trammell 70.4
6 Harry Heilmann 67.6
7 Sam Crawford 63.5
8 Hank Greenberg 54.1
9 Norm Cash 51.7
10 Miguel Cabrera 51.4

Single-Season Batting Average
Rank Year Player BA
1 1911 Ty Cobb .420
2 1912 Ty Cobb .409
3 1923 Harry Heilmann .403
4 1922 Ty Cobb .401
5 1927 Harry Heilmann .398
6 1921 Harry Heilmann .394
7 1925 Harry Heilmann .393
8 1913 Ty Cobb .390
9 1921 Ty Cobb .389
10 1919 Ty Cobb .384
Career Batting Average
Rank Player BA
1 Ty Cobb .368
2 Harry Heilmann .342
3 Bob Fothergill .337
4 Dale Alexander .331
5 Miguel Cabrera .325
George Kell .325
7 Heinie Manush .321
8 Charlie Gehringer .320
9 Hank Greenberg .319
10 Gee Walker .317

Single-Season On-Base Percentage
Rank Year Player OBP
1 1961 Norm Cash .487
2 1915 Ty Cobb .486
3 1923 Harry Heilmann .481
4 1927 Harry Heilmann .475
5 1925 Ty Cobb .468
6 1913 Ty Cobb .467
1911 Ty Cobb .467
8 1914 Ty Cobb .466
9 1922 Ty Cobb .462
10 1937 Charlie Gehringer .458
Career On-Base Percentage
Rank Player OBP
1 Ty Cobb .434
2 Johnny Bassler .420
3 Roy Cullenbine .412
Hank Greenberg .412
5 Harry Heilmann .410
6 Al Wingo .406
7 Miguel Cabrera .404
Charlie Gehringer .404
9 Lu Blue .403
10 Dick Wakefield .396

Single-Season Slugging Percentage
Rank Year Player SLG
1 1938 Hank Greenberg .683
2 1940 Hank Greenberg .670
3 1937 Hank Greenberg .668
4 1961 Norm Cash .662
5 1937 Rudy York .651
6 2013 Miguel Cabrera .636
7 1923 Harry Heilmann .632
8 1935 Hank Greenberg .628
9 2010 Miguel Cabrera .622
1939 Hank Greenberg .622
Career Slugging Percentage
Rank Player SLG
1 Hank Greenberg .616
2 Miguel Cabrera .573
3 Harry Heilmann .518
4 Ty Cobb .516
5 Dale Alexander .512
6 Rudy York .503
7 Tony Clark .502
8 Marcus Thames .501
Rocky Colavito .501
10 Cecil Fielder .498

Single-Season On-Base Plus Slugging
Rank Year Player OPS
1 1961 Norm Cash 1.148
2 1938 Hank Greenberg 1.122
3 1923 Harry Heilmann 1.113
4 1937 Hank Greenberg 1.105
5 1940 Hank Greenberg 1.103
6 1927 Harry Heilmann 1.091
7 1911 Ty Cobb 1.088
8 2013 Miguel Cabrera 1.078
9 1925 Ty Cobb 1.066
10 1921 Harry Heilmann 1.051
Career On-Base Plus Slugging
Rank Player OPS
1 Hank Greenberg 1.028
2 Miguel Cabrera .977
3 Ty Cobb .950
4 Harry Heilmann .927
5 Dale Alexander .903
6 Charlie Gehringer .884
7 Rudy York .873
8 Mickey Tettleton .867
9 Norm Cash .865
Rocky Colavito .865
Roy Cullenbine .865

Single-Season Games
Rank Year Player G
1 1961 Rocky Colavito 163
2 2013 Prince Fiedler 162
2012 Prince Fielder 162
1997 Brian Hunter 162
1991 Cecil Fielder 162
1978 Rusty Staub 162
1973 Ed Brinkman 162
1965 Don Wert 162
1964 Dick McAuliffe 162
1961 Jake Wood 162
1904 Jimmy Barrett 162
Career Games
Rank Player G
1 Al Kaline 2,834
2 Ty Cobb 2,806
3 Lou Whitaker 2,390
4 Charlie Gehringer 2,323
5 Alan Trammell 2,290
6 Sam Crawford 2,114
7 Norm Cash 2,018
8 Harry Heilmann 1,989
9 Donie Bush 1,871
10 Bill Freehan 1,774

Single-Season At Bats
Rank Year Player AB
1 2014 Ian Kinsler 684
2 1953 Harvey Kuenn 679
3 1978 Ron LeFlore 666
4 1961 Jake Wood 663
5 1992 Travis Fryman 659
6 1997 Brian Hunter 658
7 1957 Harvey Kuenn 656
8 1977 Ron LeFlore 652
9 1983 Lou Whitaker 643
10 1978 Rusty Staub 642
Career At Bats
Rank Player AB
1 Ty Cobb 10,591
2 Al Kaline 10,116
3 Charlie Gehringer 8,860
4 Lou Whitaker 8,570
5 Alan Trammell 8,288
6 Sam Crawford 7,984
7 Harry Heilmann 7,297
8 Donie Bush 6,970
9 Norm Cash 6,593
10 Bill Freehan 6,073

Single-Season Runs
Rank Year Player R
1 1911 Ty Cobb 147
2 1936 Charlie Gehringer 144
1930 Charlie Gehringer 144
1915 Ty Cobb 144
5 1938 Hank Greenberg 143
6 1937 Hank Greenberg 137
7 1934 Charlie Gehringer 135
8 1938 Charlie Gehringer 133
1937 Charlie Gehringer 133
10 1929 Charlie Gehringer 131
1922 Lu Blue 131
Career Runs
Rank Player R
1 Ty Cobb 2,086
2 Charlie Gehringer 1,775
3 Al Kaline 1,622
4 Lou Whitaker 1,386
5 Donie Bush 1,242
6 Alan Trammell 1,231
7 Harry Heilmann 1,209
8 Sam Crawford 1,115
9 Norm Cash 1,027
10 Hank Greenberg 975

Single-Season Hits
Rank Year Player H
1 1911 Ty Cobb 248
2 1921 Harry Heilman 237
3 1936 Charlie Gehringer 227
4 1912 Ty Cobb 226
5 1925 Harry Heilmann 225
1917 Ty Cobb 225
7 1950 George Kell 218
8 1911 Sam Crawford 217
9 2007 Magglio Ordonez 216
1909 Ty Cobb 216
Career Hits
Rank Player H
1 Ty Cobb 3,900
2 Al Kaline 3,007
3 Charlie Gehringer 2,839
4 Harry Heilmann 2,499
5 Sam Crawford 2,466
6 Lou Whitaker 2,369
7 Alan Trammell 2,365
8 Bobby Veach 1,859
9 Norm Cash 1,793
10 Donie Bush 1,745

Single-Season Doubles
Rank Year Player 2B
1 1934 Hank Greenberg 63
2 1936 Charlie Gehringer 60
3 1950 George Kell 56
4 1936 Gee Walker 55
5 2007 Magglio Ordonez 54
6 2014 Miguel Cabrera 52
7 1940 Hank Greenberg 50
1934 Charlie Gehringer 50
1927 Harry Heilmann 50
10 1937 Hank Greenberg 49
Career Doubles
Rank Player 2B
1 Ty Cobb 665
2 Charlie Gehringer 574
3 Al Kaline 498
4 Harry Heilmann 497
5 Lou Whitaker 420
6 Alan Trammell 412
7 Sam Crawford 402
8 Hank Greenberg 366
9 Bobby Veach 345
10 Miguel Cabrera 340

Single-Season Triples
Rank Year Player 3B
1 1914 Sam Crawford 26
2 1903 Sam Crawford 25
3 1917 Ty Cobb 24
1911 Ty Cobb 24
5 2007 Curtis Granderson 23
1913 Sam Crawford 23
1912 Ty Cobb 23
8 1912 Sam Crawford 21
9 1908 Ty Cobb 20
10 1940 Barney McCosky 19
1931 Roy Johnson 19
1929 Charlie Gehringer 19
1915 Sam Crawford 19
1910 Sam Crawford 19
Career Triples
Rank Player 3B
1 Ty Cobb 284
2 Sam Crawford 249
3 Charlie Gehringer 146
4 Harry Heilmann 145
5 Bobby Veach 136
6 Al Kaline 75
7 Donie Bush 73
8 Dick McAuliffe 70
9 Hank Greenberg 69
10 Lu Blue 66

Single-Season Home Runs
Rank Year Player HR
1 1938 Hank Greenberg 58
2 1990 Cecil Fielder 51
3 1961 Rocky Colavito 45
4 2013 Miguel Cabrera 44
2012 Miguel Cabrera 44
1991 Cecil Fielder 44
1946 Hank Greenberg 44
8 1961 Norm Cash 41
1940 Hank Greenberg 41
10 1985 Darrell Evans 40
1937 Hank Greenberg 40
Career Home Runs
Rank Player HR
1 Al Kaline 399
2 Norm Cash 373
3 Miguel Cabrera 308
4 Hank Greenberg 306
5 Willie Horton 262
6 Cecil Fielder 245
7 Lou Whitaker 244
8 Rudy York 239
9 Lance Parrish 212
10 Bill Freehan 200

Single-Season Runs Batted In
Rank Year Player RBI
1 1937 Hank Greenberg 184
2 1934 Hank Greenberg 168
3 1940 Hank Greenberg 150
4 1938 Hank Greenberg 147
5 1961 Rocky Colavito 140
6 2012 Miguel Cabrera 139
2007 Magglio Ordonez 139
1934 Hank Greenberg 139
1921 Harry Heilmann 139
10 2013 Miguel Cabrera 137
1929 Dale Alexander 137
Career Runs Batted In
Rank Player RBI
1 Ty Cobb 1,800
2 Al Kaline 1,582
3 Harry Heilmann 1,443
4 Charlie Gehringer 1,427
5 Sam Crawford 1,264
6 Hank Greenberg 1,200
7 Norm Cash 1,088
8 Lou Whitaker 1,084
9 Bobby Veach 1,044
10 Miguel Cabrera 1,030

Single-Season Stolen Bases
Rank Year Player SB
1 1915 Ty Cobb 96
2 1911 Ty Cobb 83
3 1979 Ron LeFlore 78
4 1909 Ty Cobb 76
5 1997 Brian Hunter 74
6 1978 Ron LeFlore 68
7 1916 Ty Cobb 68
8 1910 Ty Cobb 65
9 1912 Ty Cobb 61
10 1976 Ron LeFlore 58
Career Stolen Bases
Rank Player SB
1 Ty Cobb 869
2 Donie Bush 402
3 Sam Crawford 318
4 Ron LeFlore 294
5 Alan Trammell 236
6 Kirk Gibson 194
7 George Moriarty 193
8 Bobby Veach 189
9 Charlie Gehringer 181
10 Lou Whitaker 143

Single-Season Walks
Rank Year Player BB
1 1947 Roy Cullenbine 137
2 1959 Eddie Yost 135
3 1993 Tony Phillips 132
4 1960 Eddie Yost 125
5 1961 Norm Cash 124
6 1992 Mickey Tettleton 122
7 1947 Eddie Lake 120
8 1938 Hank Greenberg 119
9 1915 Donie Bush 118
1915 Ty Cobb 118
Career Walks
Rank Player BB
1 Al Kaline 1,277
2 Lou Whitaker 1,197
3 Charlie Gehringer 1,186
4 Ty Cobb 1,148
5 Donie Bush 1,125
6 Norm Cash 1,025
7 Alan Trammell 850
8 Dick McAuliffe 842
9 Harry Heilmann 792
10 Hank Greenberg 748

Single-Season Strikeouts
Rank Year Player SO
1 1990 Cecil Fielder 182
2 2011 Austin Jackson 181
3 2016 Justin Upton 179
4 2015 J.D. Martinez 178
5 1991 Rob Deer 175
6 2006 Curtis Granderson 174
7 2010 Austin Jackson 170
2009 Brandon Inge 170
9 1996 Melvin Nieves 158
10 1997 Melvin Nieves 157
Career Strikeouts
Rank Player SO
1 Brandon Inge 1,189
2 Lou Whitaker 1,099
3 Norm Cash 1,081
4 Al Kaline 1,020
5 Willie Horton 945
6 Dick McAuliffe 932
7 Travis Fryman 931
8 Kirk Gibson 930
9 Cecil Fiedler 926
10 Miguel Cabrera 924