1978 Detroit Tigers season

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1978 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) John Fetzer
Manager(s) Ralph Houk
Local television WWJ-TV
(George Kell, Mike Barry, Joe Pellegrino, Al Kaline)
Local radio WJR
(Ernie Harwell, Paul Carey)
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The 1978 Detroit Tigers finished in fifth place in the American League East with a record of 88-74, 13½ games behind the Yankees. They outscored their opponents 714 to 653.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The Tigers drew 1,714,893 fans to Tiger Stadium in 1978, ranking 5th of the 14 teams in the American League.

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 100 63 .613 --
Boston Red Sox 99 64 .607 1
Milwaukee Brewers 93 69 .574 6.5
Baltimore Orioles 90 71 .559 9
Detroit Tigers 86 76 .531 13.5
Cleveland Indians 69 90 .434 29
Toronto Blue Jays 59 102 .366 40


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1978 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 May, MiltMilt May 105 352 88 .250 10 37
1B Thompson, JasonJason Thompson 153 589 169 .287 26 79
2B Whitaker, LouLou Whitaker 139 484 138 .285 3 58
3B Rodríguez, AurelioAurelio Rodríguez 134 385 102 .265 7 43
SS Trammell, AlanAlan Trammell 139 448 120 .268 2 34
LF Kemp, SteveSteve Kemp 159 582 161 .277 15 79
CF LeFlore, RonRon LeFlore 155 666 198 .297 12 62
RF Corcoran, TimTim Corcoran 116 324 86 .265 1 27
DH Staub, RustyRusty Staub 162 642 175 .273 24 121

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
Parrish, LanceLance Parrish 85 288 63 .219 14 41
Mankowski, PhilPhil Mankowski 88 222 61 .275 4 20
Wockenfuss, JohnJohn Wockenfuss 71 187 53 .283 7 22
Stanley, MickeyMickey Stanley 53 151 40 .265 3 8
Dillard, SteveSteve Dillard 56 130 29 .223 0 7
Wagner, MarkMark Wagner 39 109 26 .239 0 6
Spikes, CharlieCharlie Spikes 10 28 7 .250 0 2
Stegman, DaveDave Stegman 8 14 4 .286 1 3

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
Slaton, JimJim Slaton 35 233.2 17 11 4.12 92
Wilcox, MiltMilt Wilcox 29 215.1 13 12 3.76 132
Rozema, DaveDave Rozema 28 209.1 9 12 3.14 57
Billingham, JackJack Billingham 30 201.2 15 8 3.88 59
Young, KipKip Young 14 105.2 6 7 2.81 49
Fidrych, MarkMark Fidrych 3 22 2 0 2.45 10

Other 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
Morris, JackJack Morris 28 106 3 5 4.33 48
Sykes, BobBob Sykes 22 93.2 6 6 3.94 58
Baker, SteveSteve Baker 15 63.1 2 4 4.55 39

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 51 9 4 14 46 2.34 74
Foucault, SteveSteve Foucault 24 2 4 4 15 3.13 18
Crawford, JimJim Crawford 20 2 3 0 10 4.35 24
Glynn, EdEd Glynn 10 0 0 0 6 3.07 9
Tobik, DaveDave Tobik 5 0 0 0 4 3.75 11
Arroyo, FernandoFernando Arroyo 2 0 0 0 1 8.31 1
Burnside, SheldonSheldon Burnside 2 0 0 0 1 9.00 3
Taylor, BruceBruce Taylor 1 0 0 0 1 0.00 0

Awards and honors[edit]

Lou Whitaker

  • AL Rookie of the Year Award

Ron LeFlore

  • Tiger of the Year Award, from Detroit baseball writers

All-Stars[edit]

Jason Thompson, reserve

League top ten finishers[edit]

Steve Kemp

  • #3 in AL in bases on balls (97)
  • #4 in AL in times on base (259)
  • #5 in AL in games played (159)

Ron LeFlore

  • MLB leader in runs scored (126)
  • AL leader in stolen bases (68)
  • AL leader in singles (153)
  • #2 in AL in hits (198)
  • #2 in AL in runs created (105)
  • #2 in MLB in at bats (666)
  • #2 in MLB in plate appearances (741)
  • #3 in MLB in times on base (267)
  • #3 in AL in outs (501)
  • #4 in AL in Power/Speed Number (20.4)
  • #5 in AL in times caught stealing (16)

Dave Rozema

  • #5 in MLB in bases on balls per 9 innings pitched (1.76)

Jim Slaton

  • #4 in AL in hit batsemen (8)
  • #5 in AL in wild pitches (10)

Rusty Staub

  • #2 in MLB in RBIs (121)
  • #2 in MLB in games played (162)
  • #2 in AL in sacrifice flies (11)
  • #2 in AL in at bats per strikeout (18.3)
  • #2 in AL in outs (505)
  • #3 in AL in at bats (642)
  • #3 in MLB in plate appearances (734)
  • #3 in MLB in times grounded into double plays (24)
  • #4 in AL total bases (279)
  • #5 in AL in hits (175)
  • #5 in AL in times on base (254)

Jason Thompson

  • #4 in AL in runs created (104)
  • #5 in AL in total bases (278)

Milt Wilcox

  • #4 in AL in hit batsemen (8)

Players ranking among top 100 all time at position[edit]

The following members of the 1979 Detroit Tigers are among the Top 100 of all time at their position, as ranked by The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract in 2001:

  • Lance Parrish: 19th best catcher of all time (played 12 games as a rookie)
  • Lou Whitaker: 13th best second baseman of all time (played 11 games as a rookie)
  • Alan Trammell: 9th best shortstop of all time (played 19 games as a rookie)
  • Aurelio Rodríguez: 91st best third baseman of all time
  • Ron LeFlore: 80th best center fielder of all time

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Evansville Triplets American Association Les Moss
AA Montgomery Rebels Southern League Eddie Brinkman
A Lakeland Tigers Florida State League Jim Leyland
Rookie Bristol Tigers Appalachian League Joe Lewis

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