1985 Detroit Tigers season

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1985 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Tom Monaghan
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[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB
Toronto Blue Jays 99 62 .615 --
New York Yankees 97 64 .602 2
Detroit Tigers 84 77 .522 15
Baltimore Orioles 83 78 .516 16
Boston Red Sox 81 81 .500 18½
Milwaukee Brewers 71 90 .441 28
Cleveland Indians 60 102 .370 39½


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1985 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

G Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Lance Parrish 140 549 150 .273 28 98
1B Darrell Evans 151 505 125 .248 40 94
2B Lou Whitaker 152 609 170 .279 21 73
3B Tom Brookens 156 485 115 .237 7 47
SS Alan Trammell 149 605 156 .258 13 57
RF Kirk Gibson 154 581 167 .287 29 97
CF Chet Lemon 145 517 137 .265 18 68
LF Larry Herndon 137 442 108 .244 12 37
DH Johnny Grubb 78 155 38 .245 5 25

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
Nelson Simmons 75 251 60 .239 10 33
Bárbaro Garbey 86 237 61 .257 6 29
Dave Bergman 69 140 25 .179 3 7
Alejandro Sánchez 71 133 33 .248 6 12

Note: pitchers' batting statistics not included

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
Jack Morris 35 257.0 16 11 3.33 191
Dan Petry 34 238.7 15 13 3.36 109
Walt Terrell 34 229.0 15 10 3.85 130
Frank Tanana 20 137.3 10 7 3.34 107
Milt Wilcox 8 39.0 1 3 4.85 20

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Juan Berenguer 31 95 5 6 5.59 82
Randy O'Neal 28 94.3 5 5 3.24 52

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
Willie Hernández 74 8 10 31 64 2.70 76
Aurelio López 51 3 7 5 22 4.80 53
Bill Scherrer 48 3 2 0 14 4.36 46
Doug Bair 21 2 0 0 4 6.24 30

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

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/masonro01.shtml
  2. ^ Scott Lusader page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Mark Lee page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Andy Stankiewicz page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ John Smoltz page 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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