1997 Detroit Tigers season

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1997 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Mike Ilitch
Manager(s) Buddy Bell
Local television WKBD
(Ernie Harwell, Al Kaline, Jim Price)
PASS
(Ernie Harwell, Jim Price, Fred McLeod)
Local radio WJR
(Frank Beckmann, Lary Sorensen)
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The 1997 Detroit Tigers finished in third place in the American League Eastern Division with a record of 79-83 (.488). They were outscored by their opponents 790 to 784. The Tigers drew 1,365,157 fans to Tiger Stadium in 1997, ranking 13th of the 14 teams in the American League. This was the Tigers' final year in the American League Eastern Division. Beginning in 1998, the team joined the American League Central Division. On July 27, 1997, the Detroit Tigers retired pitcher Hal Newhouser's number 16.

Offseason[edit]

  • January 9, 1997: Vince Coleman signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers.[1]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB
Baltimore Orioles 98 64 .605 --
New York Yankees 96 66 .586 2.0
Detroit Tigers 79 83 .488 19.0
Boston Red Sox 78 84 .481 20.0
Toronto Blue Jays 76 86 .469 22.0

Transactions[edit]

  • April 8, 1997: Bob Hamelin was signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers.[2]
  • April 16, 1997: Vince Coleman was released by the Detroit Tigers.[1]

Roster[edit]

1997 Detroit Tigers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Game log[edit]

Legend
Tigers win Tigers loss Game postponed

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 Casanova, RaulRaul Casanova 101 304 74 .243 5 24
1B Clark, TonyTony Clark 159 580 160 .276 32 117
2B Easley, DamionDamion Easley 151 527 139 .264 22 72
3B Fryman, TravisTravis Fryman 154 595 163 .274 22 102
SS Cruz, DeiviDeivi Cruz 147 436 105 .241 2 40
LF Higginson, BobbyBobby Higginson 146 546 163 .299 27 101
CF Hunter, BrianBrian Hunter 162 658 177 .269 4 45
RF Nieves, MelvinMelvin Nieves 116 359 82 .228 20 64
DH Hamelin, BobBob Hamelin 110 318 86 .270 18 52

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
Nevin, PhilPhil Nevin 93 251 59 .235 9 35
Pride, CurtisCurtis Pride 79 162 34 .210 2 19
Johnson, BrianBrian Johnson 45 139 33 .237 2 18
Walbeck, MattMatt Walbeck 47 137 38 .277 3 10
Trammell, BubbaBubba Trammell 44 123 28 .228 4 13
Reed, JodyJody Reed 52 112 22 .196 0 8
Miller, OrlandoOrlando Miller 50 111 26 .234 2 10
Encarnacion, JuanJuan Encarnacion 11 33 7 .212 1 5
Catalanotto, FrankFrank Catalanotto 13 26 8 .308 0 3
Hurst, JimmyJimmy Hurst 13 17 3 .176 1 1
Coleman, VinceVince Coleman 6 14 1 .071 0 0
Jensen, MarcusMarcus Jensen 8 11 2 .182 0 1
Bartee, KimeraKimera Bartee 12 5 1 .200 0 0
Hall, JoeJoe Hall 2 4 2 .500 0 3

Pitching[edit]

Starting 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
Thompson, JustinJustin Thompson 32 223.1 15 11 3.02 151
Moehler, BrianBrian Moehler 31 175.1 11 12 4.67 97
Blair, WillieWillie Blair 29 175 16 8 4.17 90
Olivares, OmarOmar Olivares 19 115 5 6 4.70 74
Lira, FelipeFelipe Lira 20 92 5 7 5.77 64
Sanders, ScottScott Sanders 14 74.1 3 8 5.33 58
Keagle, GregGreg Keagle 11 45.1 3 5 6.55 33
Pugh, TimTim Pugh 2 9 1 1 5.00 4

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
Dishman, GlennGlenn Dishman 7 29 1 2 5.28 20

Relief pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Jones, ToddTodd Jones 68 70 5 4 31 3.09 70
Myers, MikeMike Myers 88 53.2 0 4 2 5.70 50
Miceli, DanDan Miceli 71 82.2 3 2 3 5.01 79
Brocail, DougDoug Brocail 61 78 3 4 2 3.23 60
Sager, A. J.A. J. Sager 38 84 3 4 3 4.18 53
Jarvis, KevinKevin Jarvis 17 41.2 0 3 0 5.40 27
Bautista, JoséJosé Bautista 21 40.1 2 2 0 6.69 19
Cummings, JohnJohn Cummings 19 24.2 2 0 0 5.47 8
Gaillard, EddieEddie Gaillard 16 20.1 1 0 1 5.31 12
Duran, RobertoRoberto Duran 13 10.2 0 0 0 7.59 11
Hernández, FernandoFernando Hernández 2 1.1 0 0 0 40.50 2

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Toledo Mud Hens International League Glenn Ezell and Gene Roof
AA Jacksonville Suns Southern League Dave Anderson
A Lakeland Tigers Florida State League Mark Meleski
A West Michigan Whitecaps Midwest League Bruce Fields
Short-Season A Jamestown Jammers New York–Penn League Dwight Lowry and Matt Martin
Rookie GCL Tigers Gulf Coast League Kevin Bradshaw

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Vince Coleman Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  2. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/h/hamelbo01.shtml
  3. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007

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