1994 Detroit Tigers season

1994 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Mike Ilitch
General manager(s) Joe Klein
Manager(s) Sparky Anderson
Local television WDIV-TV
(George Kell, Al Kaline)
(Ernie Harwell, Jim Price, Jim Northrup)
Local radio WJR
(Rick Rizzs, Bob Rathbun)
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The Detroit Tigers' 1994 season had a record of 53-62 in a strike-shortened season. The season ended with the Tigers in 5th place in the newly formed American League East Division. The season featured the return of former star Kirk Gibson, the return of Ernie Harwell to the television broadcast booth and the 18th season of the Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker double play combination.


Regular season

By Friday, August 12, the Tigers had compiled a 53-62 record through 115 games. They had scored 652 runs (5.67 per game) and had allowed 671 runs (5.83 per game).[8]

The Tigers were struggling in terms of strikeouts, as their pitchers had combined for the fewest strikeouts (560) and their batters had combined for the most strikeouts (897) in the Majors. Tigers' pitchers also had the most intentional walks in the Majors (74), the fewest shutouts (1) and tied the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers for the fewest saves (20).[9]

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 7043 0.619 33–24 37–19
Baltimore Orioles 6349 0.562 28–27 35–22
Toronto Blue Jays 5560 0.478 16 33–26 22–34
Boston Red Sox 5461 0.470 17 31–33 23–28
Detroit Tigers 5362 0.461 18 34–24 19–38
Division leaders W L Pct.
New York Yankees 7043 0.619
Chicago White Sox 6746 0.593
Texas Rangers 5262 0.456
W L Pct.
Cleveland Indians 6647 0.584
Baltimore Orioles 6349 0.562
Kansas City Royals 6451 0.557
Toronto Blue Jays 5560 0.478
Boston Red Sox 5461 0.470
Minnesota Twins 5360 0.469
Detroit Tigers 5362 0.461
Milwaukee Brewers 5362 0.461
Oakland Athletics 5163 0.447
Seattle Mariners 4963 0.438
California Angels 4768 0.409

Record vs. opponents

1994 American League Records

Baltimore 4–28–42–44–63–44–17–34–54–67–54–63–37–2
Boston 2–47–52–43–74–24–25–51–83–79–36–61–57–3
California 4–85–75–50–53–46–43–33–34–83–62–76–43–4
Chicago 4–24–25–57–58–43–79–32–44–26–39–14–52–3
Cleveland 6–47–35–05–78–21–45–29–30–96–03–25–76–4
Detroit 4–32–44–34–82–84–86–43–33–35–46–35–75–4
Kansas City 1–42–44–67–34–18–45–76–44–27–36–44–36–6
Milwaukee 3–75–53–33–92–54–67–56–62–74–14–23–37–3
Minnesota 5–48–13–34–23–93–34–66–64–52–53–34–54–8
New York 6–47–38–42–49–03–32–47–25–47–58–43–23–4
Oakland 5–73–96–33–60–64–53–71–45–25–74–37–35–1
Seattle 4–66–67–21–92–33–64–62–43–34–83–49–11–5
Texas 3–35–14–65–47–57–53–43–35–42–33–71–94–8
Toronto 2–73–74–33–24–64–56–63–78–44–31–55–18–4

Notable transactions


1994 Detroit Tigers
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats


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


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Toledo Mud Hens International League Joe Sparks and Larry Parrish
AA Trenton Thunder Eastern League Tom Runnells
A Lakeland Tigers Florida State League Gerry Groninger and Mark Wagner
A Fayetteville Generals South Atlantic League Dwight Lowry
A-Short Season Jamestown Jammers New York–Penn League Dave Anderson
Rookie Bristol Tigers Appalachian League Kevin Bradshaw

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Niagara Falls[12]


  1. Eric Davis at Baseball Reference
  2. Joe Boever at Baseball Reference
  3. Kirk Gibson at Baseball Reference
  4. Tim Belcher at Baseball Reference
  5. Juan Samuel at Baseball Reference
  6. Kevin Morgan at Baseball Reference
  7. Rico Brogna at Baseball Reference
  8. https://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/AL/1994.shtml
  9. https://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/MLB/1994.shtml
  10. Jorge Velandia at Baseball Reference
  11. Greg Cadaret at Baseball Reference
  12. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball". Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997
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