1974 Detroit Tigers season

1974 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) John Fetzer
General manager(s) Jim Campbell
Manager(s) Ralph Houk
Local television WJBK
(George Kell, Larry Osterman)
Local radio WJR
(Ernie Harwell, Paul Carey)
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The 1974 Detroit Tigers compiled a record of 72–90. They finished in last place in the American League East, 19 games behind the Baltimore Orioles. They were outscored by their opponents 768 to 620.

Offseason

Regular season

1974 was Al Kaline's final season after 22 years as a Tiger (1953–1974). He became the 12th player to join the 3,000 hit club on September 24.

On September 7, the Yankees' Graig Nettles hit a home run against the Tigers. The next time up, he hit a broken-bat single. Tigers catcher Bill Freehan scrambled for the six superballs that came bouncing out. Nettles was called out on the single, but his solo homer was allowed and the made all the difference as the Yankees won 1–0.[4]

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 9171 0.562 46–35 45–36
New York Yankees 8973 0.549 2 47–34 42–39
Boston Red Sox 8478 0.519 7 46–35 38–43
Cleveland Indians 7785 0.475 14 40–41 37–44
Milwaukee Brewers 7686 0.469 15 40–41 36–45
Detroit Tigers 7290 0.444 19 36–45 36–45

Record vs. opponents

1974 American League Records

Sources:
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK TEX
Baltimore 10–87–55–712–614–48–48–106–611–76–64–8
Boston 8–104–88–49–911–74–810–86–611–78–45–7
California 5–78–410–8–13–95–78–103–98–103–96–129–9
Chicago 7–54–88–10–18–47–511–78–47–11–14–87–119–7–1
Cleveland 6–129–99–34–89–98–410–86–67–115–74–8
Detroit 4–147–117–55–79–97–59–93–911–75–75–7
Kansas City 4–88–410–87–114–85–711–18–104–88–108–10
Milwaukee 10–88–109–34–88–109–91–116–69–95–77–5
Minnesota 6–66–610–811–7–16–69–310–86–64–85–139–9
New York 7–117–119–38–411–77–118–49–98–47–58–4
Oakland 6–64–812–611–77–57–510–87–513–55–78–10
Texas 8–47–59–97–9–18–47–510–85–79–94–810–8

Notable transactions

  • June 10, 1974: Tim Corcoran was signed as an amateur free agent by the Tigers.[5]

Draft Picks

Roster

1974 Detroit Tigers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CJerry Moses7419847.237419
1BBill Freehan130445132.2971860
2BGary Sutherland149619157.254549
3BAurelio Rodríguez159571127.222549
SSEd Brinkman153502111.2211454
LFWillie Horton7223871.2981547
CFMickey Stanley9939487.221834
RFJim Northrup9737689.2371142
DHAl Kaline147558146.2621364

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Ron LeFlore5925466.260213
Ben Oglivie9225268.270429
Norm Cash5314934.228712
Jim Nettles4314132.227617
Dick Sharon6012928.217210
Marvin Lane5010324.23329
Reggie Sanders269927.273310
Dan Meyer135010.20037

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mickey Lolich4130816214.15202
Joe Coleman41285.214124.32177
Lerrin LaGrow37216.18194.6685
Woodie Fryman27141.2694.3292

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Luke Walker2892554.9952
Bill Slayback1654.2134.7723
Fred Holdsworth835.2034.2916
Vern Ruhle533202.7310

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W= Wins; L= Losses; SV = Saves; GF = Games Finished; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV GF ERA SO
John Hiller59171413522.64134
Jim Ray28132194.4726
Dave Lemanczyk22210104.0052

Awards and honors

Records

John Hiller

  • American League record, most wins in one season by a relief pitcher (17)[8]
  • Major league record (since broken), most saves in one season by a left-handed pitcher (38)[9]

Milestones

Al Kaline became the 12th player in the 3,000 hit club on September 24

League top ten finishers

Joe Coleman

  • AL leader in hit batsmen (12)
  • #2 in MLB in games started (41)
  • #2 in MLB in home runs allowed (30)
  • #2 in MLB in bases on balls allowed (158)
  • #3 in MLB in earned runs allowed (137)
  • #3 in AL in wild pitches (13)
  • #6 in MLB in batters faced (1262)

Bill Freehan

  • #5 in AL in slugging percentage (.479)

John Hiller

  • #6 in AL in games finished (52)
  • #7 in AL in saves (13)

Al Kaline

  • 3rd oldest player in AL (39)

Lerrin LaGrow

  • #3 in AL in losses (19)
  • #4 in AL in wild pitches (12)
  • #8 in AL in earned runs allowed (112)

Mickey Lolich

  • MLB leader in home runs allowed (38)
  • AL leader in losses (21)
  • MLB leader in earned runs allowed (142)
  • #2 in MLB in games started (41)
  • #2 in MLB in hits allowed (310)
  • #3 in MLB in complete games (27)
  • #4 in AL in strikeout to walk ratio (2.59)
  • #5 in AL in strikeouts (202)
  • #5 in MLB in batters faced (1263)
  • #7 in MLB in innings pitched (308)

Aurelio Rodríguez

  • AL leader in games at third base (159)
  • AL leader in innings at third base (1391-2/3)
  • #4 in AL in games played (159)
  • #5 in AL in outs (470)

Gary Sutherland

  • AL leader in outs (489)
  • #2 in AL in at bats per strikeout (16.7)
  • #3 in AL in at bats (619)
  • #4 in AL in singles (131)

Players ranking among top 100 all time at position

The following members of the 1975 Detroit Tigers are among the Top 100 of all time at their position, as ranked by The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract in 2001:

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Evansville Triplets American Association Fred Hatfield
AA Montgomery Rebels Southern League Jim Leyland
A Lakeland Tigers Florida State League Stubby Overmire
A Clinton Pilots Midwest League Len Okrie
Rookie Bristol Tigers Appalachian League Joe Lewis

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Bristol

See also

Notes

  1. Frank Howard at Baseball Reference
  2. Tony Taylor at Baseball Reference
  3. Walt Williams at Baseball Reference
  4. http://espn.go.com/page2/s/list/cheaters/ballplayers.html
  5. Tim Corcoran at Baseball Reference
  6. Mark Fidrych at Baseball Reference
  7. Rob Picciolo at Baseball Reference
  8. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.290, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  9. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, p. 289

References

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