1974 Detroit Tigers season

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1974 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) John Fetzer
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[edit]

Regular season[edit]

1974 was Al Kaline's final season after 22 years as a Tiger (1953-1974). He became the 12th player to join the 3000 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[edit]

AL East W L GB Pct.
Baltimore Orioles 91 71 -- .562
New York Yankees 89 73 2 .549
Boston Red Sox 84 78 7 .519
Cleveland Indians 77 85 14 .475
Milwaukee Brewers 76 86 15 .469
Detroit Tigers 72 90 19 .444

Notable transactions[edit]

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

Draft Picks[edit]

Roster[edit]

1974 Detroit Tigers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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
C Moses, JerryJerry Moses 74 198 47 .237 4 19
1B Freehan, BillBill Freehan 130 445 132 .297 18 60
2B Sutherland, GaryGary Sutherland 149 619 157 .254 5 49
3B Rodríguez, AurelioAurelio Rodríguez 159 571 127 .222 5 49
SS Brinkman, EdEd Brinkman 153 502 111 .221 14 54
LF Horton, WillieWillie Horton 72 238 71 .298 15 47
CF Stanley, MickeyMickey Stanley 99 394 87 .221 8 34
RF Northrup, JimJim Northrup 97 376 89 .237 11 42
DH Kaline, AlAl Kaline 147 558 146 .262 13 64

Other batters[edit]

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
LeFlore, RonRon LeFlore 59 254 66 .260 2 13
Oglivie, BenBen Oglivie 92 252 68 .270 4 29
Cash, NormNorm Cash 53 149 34 .228 7 12
Nettles, JimJim Nettles 43 141 32 .227 6 17
Sharon, DickDick Sharon 60 129 28 .217 2 10
Lane, MarvinMarvin Lane 50 103 24 .233 2 9
Sanders, ReggieReggie Sanders 26 99 27 .273 3 10
Meyer, DanDan Meyer 13 50 10 .200 3 7

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Lolich, MickeyMickey Lolich 41 308 16 21 4.15 202
Coleman, JoeJoe Coleman 41 285.2 14 12 4.32 177
LaGrow, LerrinLerrin LaGrow 37 216.1 8 19 4.66 85
Fryman, WoodieWoodie Fryman 27 141.2 6 9 4.32 92

Other pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Walker, LukeLuke Walker 28 92 5 5 4.99 52
Slayback, BillBill Slayback 16 54.2 1 3 4.77 23
Holdsworth, FredFred Holdsworth 8 35.2 0 3 4.29 16
Ruhle, VernVern Ruhle 5 33 2 0 2.73 10

Relief pitchers[edit]

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
Hiller, JohnJohn Hiller 59 17 14 13 52 2.64 134
Ray, JimJim Ray 28 1 3 2 19 4.47 26
Lemanczyk, DaveDave Lemanczyk 22 2 1 0 10 4.00 52

Awards and honors[edit]

Records[edit]

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[edit]

Al Kaline became the 12th player in the 3000 hit club on September 24

League top ten finishers[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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

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