1985 Detroit Tigers season

1985 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Tom Monaghan
General manager(s) Bill Lajoie
Manager(s) Sparky Anderson
Local television WDIV-TV
(George Kell, Al Kaline)
PASS
(Bill Freehan, Larry Osterman, Jim Northrup)
Local radio WJR
(Ernie Harwell, Paul Carey)
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The 1985 Detroit Tigers finished in third place in the American League Eastern Division with a record of 84-77 (.522), 15 games behind the Blue Jays. The Tigers outscored their opponents 729 to 688. The Tigers drew 2,286,609 fans to Tiger Stadium in 1983, ranking 3rd of the 14 teams in the American League.

Regular season

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Toronto Blue Jays 9962 0.615 54–26 45–36
New York Yankees 9764 0.602 2 58–22 39–42
Detroit Tigers 8477 0.522 15 44–37 40–40
Baltimore Orioles 8378 0.516 16 45–36 38–42
Boston Red Sox 8181 0.500 18½ 43–37 38–44
Milwaukee Brewers 7190 0.441 28 40–40 31–50
Cleveland Indians 60102 0.370 39½ 38–43 22–59

Record vs. opponents

1985 American League Records

Sources:
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 5–87–58–48–56–76–69–46–61–127–56–610–24–8
Boston 8–55–74–8–18–56–75–75–87–55–88–46–65–79–4
California 5–77–58–58–48–44–99–39–43–96–79–49–45–7
Chicago 4–88–4–15–810–26–65–85–76–76–68–59–410–33–9
Cleveland 5–85–84–82–105–82–107–64–86–73–96–67–54–9
Detroit 7–67–64–86–68–55–79–43–99–38–45–77–56–7
Kansas City 6–67–59–48–510–27–58–47–65–78–53–106–77–5
Milwaukee 4–98–53–97–56–74–94–89–37–63–94–88–34–9
Minnesota 6–65–74–97–68–49–36–73–93–98–56–78–54–8
New York 12–18–59–36–67–63–97–56–79–37–59–38–46–7
Oakland 5–74–87–65–89–34–85–89–35–85–78–56–75–7
Seattle 6–66–64–94–96–67–510–38–47–63–95–86–72–10
Texas 2–107–54–93–105–75–77–63–85–84–87–67–63–9
Toronto 8–44–97–59–39–47–65–79–48–47–67–510–29–3

Notable transactions

Roster

1985 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

G Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CLance Parrish140549150.2732898
1BDarrell Evans151505125.2484094
2BLou Whitaker152609170.2792173
3BTom Brookens156485115.237747
SSAlan Trammell149605156.2581357
RFKirk Gibson154581167.2872997
CFChet Lemon145517137.2651868
LFLarry Herndon137442108.2441237
DHJohnny Grubb7815538.245525

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
Nelson Simmons7525160.2391033
Bárbaro Garbey8623761.257629
Dave Bergman6914025.17937
Alejandro Sánchez7113333.248612

Note: pitchers' batting statistics not included

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
Jack Morris35257.016113.33191
Dan Petry34238.715133.36109
Walt Terrell34229.015103.85130
Frank Tanana20137.31073.34107
Milt Wilcox839.0134.8520

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Juan Berenguer3195565.5982
Randy O'Neal2894.3553.2452

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
Willie Hernández7481031642.7076
Aurelio López51375224.8053
Bill Scherrer48320144.3646
Doug Bair2120046.2430

Players ranking among top 100 all time at position

The following members of the 1985 Detroit Tigers are among the Top 100 of all time at their position, as ranked by The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract:

Award winners and league leaders

Tom Brookens

  • AL leader in errors by a third baseman (23)
  • #9 in AL in doubles (34)

Darrell Evans

  • Tiger of the Year Award, by Detroit baseball writers
  • MLB leader in home runs (40)
  • MLB leader in at bats per home run (12.6)
  • Finished 14th in AL MVP voting
  • #4 in AL in intentional walks (12)
  • #5 in AL in slugging percentage (.519)
  • #7 in AL in bases on balls (85)
  • #8 in AL in OPS (.875)

Kirk Gibson

  • AL leader in errors by an outfielder (11)
  • Finished 18th in AL MVP voting
  • #2 in AL in Power/Speed Number (29.5)
  • #2 in AL in intentional walks (16)
  • #3 in AL in extra base hits (71)
  • #4 in AL in sacrifice flies (10)
  • #4 in AL in strikeouts (137)
  • #6 in AL in slugging percentage (.518)
  • #6 in AL in total bases (301)
  • #6 in AL in runs created (118)
  • #7 in AL in OPS (.882)
  • #7 in AL in doubles (37)
  • #8 in AL in strikeouts (30)
  • #9 in AL in home runs (29)
  • #10 in MLB in total bases (301)
  • #10 in MLB in doubles (37)
  • #10 in MLB in runs created (118)

Willie Hernández

  • AL All Star Team, pitcher
  • #2 in MLB in games finished (64)
  • #3 in AL in saves (31)
  • #3 in AL in games (74)

Chet Lemon

  • #5 in AL in times hit by pitch (10)

Jack Morris

  • AL All Star Team, starting pitcher
  • AL leader in wild pitches (15)
  • #2 in AL in shutouts (4)
  • #2 in AL in bases on balls allowed (110)
  • #3 in AL in strikeouts (191)
  • #4 in AL in hits allowed per 9 innings pitched (7.42)
  • #4 in AL in strikeouts per 9 innings pitched (6.69)
  • #5 in AL in complete games (13)
  • #10 in MLB in batters faced (1077)

Lance Parrish

Dan Petry

  • AL All Star Team, pitcher
  • #3 in AL in hits allowed per 9 innings (7.16)
  • #5 in AL in walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) (1.135)

Frank Tanana

  • #3 in AL in strikeout to walk ratio (2.79)
  • #5 in AL in strikeouts per 9 innings pitched (6.66)

Walt Terrell

  • #4 in AL in shutouts (3)

Alan Trammell

  • AL All Star Team, shortstop
  • #7 in AL in sacrifice hits (11)
  • #8 in AL in outs (480)
  • #9 in AL in sacrifice flies (9)

Lou Whitaker

  • AL Gold Glove Award, second base
  • AL Silver Slugger Award, second base
  • AL All Star Team, starting second baseman
  • #7 in AL in triples (8)
  • #9 in AL in plate appearances (701)
  • #9 in AL in runs created (107)
  • #9 in AL in times on base (252)
  • #10 in AL in runs (102)

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Nashville Sounds American Association Lee Walls and Gordon Mackenzie
AA Birmingham Barons Southern League Gordon Mackenzie, Mark DeJohn,
Frank Franchi and Jerry Grote
A Lakeland Tigers Florida State League Jerry Grote and Moby Benedict
Rookie Bristol Tigers Appalachian League Tom Burgess

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Bristol

References

  1. https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/masonro01.shtml
  2. Scott Lusader at Baseball Reference
  3. Mark Lee at Baseball Reference
  4. Andy Stankiewicz at Baseball Reference
  5. John Smoltz at Baseball Reference
  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3. 
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