1990 Detroit Tigers season

1990 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Tom Monaghan
General manager(s) Bill Lajoie
Manager(s) Sparky Anderson
Local television WDIV-TV
(George Kell, Al Kaline)
(Larry Osterman, Jim Northrup)
Local radio WJR
(Ernie Harwell, Paul Carey)
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The 1990 Detroit Tigers season was the 90th season in franchise history. The Tigers finished in third place in the American League East, with a record of 79-83. They scored 750 runs and allowed 754. Notably, Cecil Fielder reached the 50 Home Run plateau, the first and last Detroit Tiger to hit at least 50 home runs since Hank Greenberg in 1938.


Regular season

  • October 3, 1990: Cecil Fielder hit two home runs at Yankee Stadium to finish with 51 for the season. The 50th home run was hit off of Steve Adkins. Fielder was the first major leaguer since George Foster in 1977 to hit 50 Home Runs in a season. It was the 18th time that a major leaguer (and the 11th time that an American League player) hit for 50 home runs in a season.

Opening Day starters[9]

  • 3B Tony Phillips
  • SS Alan Trammell
  • 2B Lou Whitaker
  • 1B Cecil Fielder
  • CF Lloyd Moseby
  • C Matt Nokes
  • LF Gary Ward
  • RF Chet Lemon
  • DH Dave Bergman
  • SP Jack Morris

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Red Sox 8874 0.543 51–30 37–44
Toronto Blue Jays 8676 0.531 2 44–37 42–39
Detroit Tigers 7983 0.488 9 39–42 40–41
Cleveland Indians 7785 0.475 11 41–40 36–45
Baltimore Orioles 7685 0.472 11½ 40–40 36–45
Milwaukee Brewers 7488 0.457 14 39–42 35–46
New York Yankees 6795 0.414 21 37–44 30–51

Record vs. opponents

1990 American League Records

Baltimore 4–97–56–66–76–78–37–66–66–74–83–98–45–8
Boston 9–47–56–69–48–54–85–84–89–44–88–45–710–3
California 5–75–75–87–55–77–67–59–46–64–95–88–57–5
Chicago 6–66–68–55–75–79–410–27–610–28–58–57–65–7
Cleveland 7–64–95–77–55–86–69–47–55–84–87–57–54–9
Detroit 7–65–87–57–58–55–73–106–67–66–67–56–65–8
Kansas City 3–88–46–74–96–67–54–88–58–44–97–65–85–7
Milwaukee 6–78–55–72–104–910–38–44–86–75–74–85–77–6
Minnesota 6–68–44–96–75–76–65–88–46–66–76–75–83–9
New York 7–64–96–62–108–56–74–87–66–60–129–33–95–8
Oakland 8–48–49–45–88–46–69–47–57–612–09–48–57–5
Seattle 9–34–88–55–85–75–76–78–47–63–94–97–66–6
Texas 4–87–55–86–75–76–68–57–58–59–35–86–77–5
Toronto 8–53–105–77–59–48–57–56–79–38–55–76–65–7

Notable transactions


1990 Detroit Tigers
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats

= Indicates team leader


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
CMike Heath122370100.270738
1BCecil Fielder159573159.27751132
2BLou Whitaker132472112.2371860
3BTony Phillips152573144.251855
SSAlan Trammell146559170.3041489
LFGary Ward10630979.256946
CFLloyd Moseby122431107.2481451
RFChet Lemon10432283.258532
DHDave Bergman10020557.278226


Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Larry Sheets13136094.2611052
Travis Fryman6623269.297927
John Shelby7822255.248420
Mark Salas7416438.232924
Tracy Jones5011827.22949
Matt Nokes4411130.27038
Darnell Coles5210822.20414
Scott Lusader458721.241216
Kenny Williams578311.13305
Ed Romero327016.22904
Milt Cuyler195113.25508
Jim Lindeman12327.21928
Rich Rowland7193.15800
Johnny Paredes681.12500


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Jack Morris36249.715184.51162
Frank Tanana34176.3985.31114
Jeff Robinson271451095.9676
Dan Petry32149.71094.4573
Walt Terrell1375.3644.5430
Brian Dubois1258.3355.0934
Kevin Ritz47.30411.053

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Steve Searcy1675.3274.6666
Scott Aldred414.3123.777
Lance McCullers929.7102.7320
Urbano Lugo1324.3207.0312
Randy Nosek37117.713

Relief pitchers

Mike Henneman6994.386223.0550
Paul Gibson6197.35433.0556
Jerry Don Gleaton5782.713132.9456
Edwin Núñez4280.33162.2466
Clay Parker24512203.1820
Steve Wapnick470006.436
Mike Schwabe13.70002.451
Matt Kinzer11.700016.201

Awards and honors

  • Cecil Fielder, Major League Home Run Champion (51)
  • Cecil Fielder, American League RBI Champion (132)
  • Cecil Fielder, Silver Slugger Award

MLB All-Star Game

  • Cecil Fielder, First Base, Reserve
  • Alan Trammell, Shortstop, Reserve

Team leaders

  • Home Runs – Cecil Fielder (51)
  • Runs Batted In – Cecil Fielder (132)

Fielder's Fifty-One

Home Run Game Date Inning Location Opposing Pitcher Team Reference
16April 146thTiger StadiumDave JohnsonBaltimore Orioles[15]
29April 185thTiger StadiumClay ParkerNew York Yankees[16]
313April 224thMemorial StadiumJeff BallardBaltimore Orioles[17]
415April 249thMetrodomeJohn CandelariaMinnesota Twins[18]
518April 285thTiger StadiumPaul MirabellaMilwaukee Brewers[19]
618April 288thTiger StadiumTony FossasMilwaukee Brewers[19]
720April 309thTiger StadiumMark KnudsonMilwaukee Brewers[20]
826May 63rdSkyDomeJimmy KeyToronto Blue Jays[21]
926May 65thSkyDomeJimmy KeyToronto Blue Jays[21]
1026May 67thSkyDomeDavid WellsToronto Blue Jays[21]
1127May 74thCounty StadiumMark KnudsonMilwaukee Brewers[22]
1228May 82ndCounty StadiumJaime NavarroMilwaukee Brewers[23]
1330May 102ndTiger StadiumTodd StottlemyreToronto Blue Jays[24]
1434May 157thArlington StadiumKevin BrownTexas Rangers[25]
1537May 187thComiskey ParkKen PattersonChicago White Sox[26]
1639May 204thComiskey ParkGreg HibbardChicago White Sox[27]
1742May 233rdTiger StadiumMike JeffcoatTexas Rangers[28]
1845May 262ndTiger StadiumJerry KutzlerChicago White Sox[29]
1950June 12ndKingdomeMatt YoungSeattle Mariners[30]
2054June 62ndCleveland Municipal StadiumGreg SwindellCleveland Indians[31]
2154June 64thCleveland Municipal StadiumGreg SwindellCleveland Indians[31]
2254June 65thCleveland Municipal StadiumGreg SwindellCleveland Indians[31]
2361June 132ndTiger StadiumJohn FarrellCleveland Indians[32]
2462June 145thTiger StadiumSergio ValdezCleveland Indians[33]
2565June 177thTiger StadiumChuck FinleyCalifornia Angels[34]
2677June 305thRoyals StadiumStorm DavisKansas City Royals[35]
2780July 31stComiskey ParkEric KingChicago White Sox[36]
2883July 64thTiger StadiumTom GordonKansas City Royals[37]
2987July 136thTiger StadiumBobby WittTexas Rangers[38]
3092July 186thTiger StadiumGreg HibbardChicago White Sox[39]
3195July 211stArlington StadiumMike JeffcoatTexas Rangers[40]
3298July 243rdTiger StadiumJohn MitchellBaltimore Orioles[41]
33104July 304thYankee StadiumDave LaPointNew York Yankees[42]
34108August 32ndFenway ParkGreg HarrisBoston Red Sox[43]
35111August 79thSkydomeJimmy KeyToronto Blue Jays[44]
36117August 131stCleveland StadiumJeff ShawCleveland Indians[45]
37120August 163rdTiger StadiumRon RobinsonMilwaukee Brewers[46]
38121August 176thTiger StadiumTom CandiottiCleveland Indians[47]
39122August 183rdTiger StadiumEfrain ValdezCleveland Indians[48]
40127August 251stTiger StadiumDave StewartOakland Athletics[49]
41127August 254thTiger StadiumDave StewartOakland Athletics[49]
42130August 298thKingdomeMatt YoungSeattle Mariners[50]
43135September 36thTiger StadiumJimmy KeyToronto Blue Jays[51]
44137September 56thTiger StadiumDavid WellsToronto Blue Jays[52]
45139September 76thCounty StadiumTed HigueraMilwaukee Brewers[53]
46145September 139thTiger StadiumMike WittNew York Yankees[54]
47148September 165thTiger StadiumMark LeiterNew York Yankees[55]
48153September 232ndOakland ColiseumMike MooreOakland Athletics[56]
49156September 278thTiger StadiumDennis LampBoston Red Sox[57]
50162October 34thYankee StadiumSteve AdkinsNew York Yankees[58]
51162October 38thYankee StadiumAlan MillsNew York Yankees[58]

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Toledo Mud Hens International League John Wockenfuss and Tom Gamboa
AA London Tigers Eastern League Chris Chambliss
A Lakeland Tigers Florida State League Johnny Lipon
A Fayetteville Generals South Atlantic League Gene Roof
A-Short Season Niagara Falls Rapids New York–Penn League Juan López
Rookie Bristol Tigers Appalachian League Ken Cunningham



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