1983 Detroit Tigers season

1983 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Tom Monaghan
General manager(s) Jim Campbell
Manager(s) Sparky Anderson
Local television WDIV-TV
(George Kell, Al Kaline)
ONTV
(Larry Adderley, Hank Aguirre, Norm Cash)
Local radio WJR
(Ernie Harwell, Paul Carey)
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The 1983 Detroit Tigers finished in second place in the American League East with a record of 92-70 (.568), six games behind the Orioles. The Tigers outscored their opponents 789 to 679. The Tigers drew 1,829,636 fans to Tiger Stadium in 1983, ranking 8th of the 14 teams in the American League.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 9864 0.605 50–31 48–33
Detroit Tigers 9270 0.568 6 48–33 44–37
New York Yankees 9171 0.562 7 51–30 40–41
Toronto Blue Jays 8973 0.549 9 48–33 41–40
Milwaukee Brewers 8775 0.537 11 52–29 35–46
Boston Red Sox 7884 0.481 20 38–43 40–41
Cleveland Indians 7092 0.432 28 36–45 34–47

Record vs. opponents

1983 American League Records

Sources:
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 8–57–57–56–75–88–411–28–46–78–48–49–37–6
Boston 5–86–66–67–64–95–74–95–77–68–47–57–57–6
California 5–76–63–108–44–86–76–66–75–75–86–76–74–8
Chicago 5–76–610–38–48–49–44–88–58–48–512–18–55–7
Cleveland 7–66–74–84–85–87–53–106–66–77–58–43–94–9
Detroit 8–59–48–44–88–57–56–79–35–86–68–48–46–7
Kansas City 4–87–57–64–95–75–76–66–76–67–68–58–5–16–6
Milwaukee 2–119–46–68–410–37–66–68–44–96–65–78–48–5
Minnesota 4–87–57–65–86–63–97–64–84–84–99–45–85–7
New York 7–66–77–54–87–68–56–69–48–48–47–57–57–6
Oakland 4–84–88–55–85–76–66–76–69–44–89–42–116–6
Seattle 4–85–77–61–124–84–85–87–54–95–74–96–74–8
Texas 3–95–77–65–89–34–85–8–14–88–55–711–27–64–8
Toronto 6–76–78–47–59–47–66–65–87–56–76–68–48–4

Notable transactions

Roster

1983 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
CLance Parrish155605163.26927114
1BEnos Cabell121392122.311546
2BLou Whitaker161643206.3201272
3BTom Brookens13833271.214632
SSAlan Trammell142505161.3191466
CFChet Lemon145491125.2552469
RFGlenn Wilson144503135.2681165
LFLarry Herndon153603182.3022092
DHKirk Gibson12840191.2271551

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
John Wockenfuss9224566.269944
Rick Leach9924260.248326
Johnny Grubb5713434.254422
Wayne Krenchicki5913337.278122
Marty Castillo6711923.193216
Howard Johnson276614.21235
Julio González12213.14302
Sal Butera451.20000

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
Dan Petry38266.319113.92122
Jack Morris37293.720133.34232
Milt Wilcox26186.011103.97101
Juan Berenguer37157.7953.14129
Glenn Abbott746.7211.9311

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dave Rozema29105.0833.4363
Jerry Ujdur1134.0047.1513

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
Aurelio López579818462.8190
Howard Bailey33550154.8821
Doug Bair27734103.8839
Dave Gumpert26022172.6414
Pat Underwood400028.712

Award winners and league leaders

Kirk Gibson

  • #2 in AL in triples (9)
  • #10 in AL in Power/Speed Number (14.5)

Larry Herndon

  • #2 in AL in triples (9)
  • #8 in AL in hits (182)
  • #10 in AL in at bats (603)
  • #10 in AL in total bases (288)

Chet Lemon

  • AL leader in times hit by pitch (20)

Aurelio López

  • AL All Star Team, pitcher

Jack Morris

  • AL leader in strikeouts (232)
  • AL leader in innings pitched (293-2/3)
  • AL leader in wild pitches (18)
  • AL leader in batters faced (1204)
  • #2 in AL in strikeouts per 9 innings pitched (7.11)
  • #2 in AL in games started (37)
  • #2 in AL in complete games (20)
  • #2 in AL in strikeout to walk ratio (2.80)
  • #4 in AL in wins (20)
  • #4 in AL in walks plus hits per innings pitched (WHIP) (1.158)
  • #4 in AL in hits allowed (257)
  • #5 in AL in home runs allowed (30)

Lance Parrish

  • AL Gold Glove Award, catcher
  • AL Silver Slugger Award, catcher
  • AL All Star Team, catcher
  • AL leader in runners caught stealing (54)
  • AL leader in sacrifice flies (13)
  • Finished 9th in AL MVP voting
  • #3 in doubles (42)
  • #3 in AL in extra base hits (72)
  • #4 in AL in RBIs (114)
  • #6 in AL in outs (479)
  • #8 in AL in total bases (292)
  • #9 in AL in home runs (27)
  • #9 in AL in at bats (605)
  • #9 in AL in strikeouts (106)
  • #9 in AL in times grounded into double plays (21)

Dan Petry

  • AL leader in games started (38)
  • AL leader in home runs allowed (37)
  • #2 in AL in earned runs allowed (116)
  • #2 in AL in wild pitches (12)
  • #3 in AL in innings pitched (266-1/3)
  • #3 in AL in bases on balls allowed (99)
  • #3 in AL in batters faced (1115)
  • #5 in AL in wins (19)
  • #5 in AL in hits allowed (256)

Alan Trammell

  • AL Gold Glove Award, shortstop
  • AL leader in sacrifice hits (15)
  • Finished 15th in AL MVP voting
  • #4 in AL in batting average (.319)
  • #5 in AL in Power/Speed Number (19.1)
  • #8 in AL in on-base percentage (.385)
  • #9 in AL in times caught stealing (10)

Lou Whitaker

  • AL Gold Glove Award, second baseman
  • AL Silver Slugger Award, second baseman
  • AL All Star Team, second baseman
  • AL leader in games played at second base (160)
  • Tiger of the Year Award, by Detroit baseball writers
  • Finished 8th in AL MVP voting
  • #2 in AL in plate appearances (720)
  • #2 in AL in singles (148)
  • #2 in AL in times on base (273)
  • #3 in AL in batting average (.320)
  • #3 in AL in hits (206)
  • #3 in AL in at bats (643)
  • #4 in AL in games (161)
  • #5 in AL in runs created (114)
  • #7 in AL in total bases (294)
  • #7 in AL in doubles (40)
  • #7 in AL in sacrifice flies (8)
  • #9 in AL in times caught stealing (10)

Milt Wilcox

  • #4 in AL in wild pitches (10)

Players ranking among top 100 all time at position

The following members of the 1983 Detroit Tigers are among the Top 100 of all time at their position, as ranked by The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract:

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Evansville Triplets American Association Gordon Mackenzie
AA Birmingham Barons Southern League Roy Majtyka
A Lakeland Tigers Florida State League Ted Brazell
Rookie Bristol Tigers Appalachian League Boots Day

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Birmingham

Notes

  1. Dave Revering at Baseball Reference
  2. Julio González at Baseball Reference
  3. Sal Butera at Baseball Reference
  4. Jeff Robinson at Baseball Reference
  5. D. J. Dozier at Baseball Reference
  6. Wayne Krenchicki at Baseball Reference

References

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