1993 Detroit Tigers season

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1993 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Mike Ilitch
Manager(s) Sparky Anderson
Local television WDIV-TV
(George Kell, Al Kaline)
(Jim Price, Jim Northrup)
Local radio WJR
(Rick Rizzs, Bob Rathbun, Ernie Harwell)
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The Detroit Tigers' 1993 season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Detroit Tigers attempting to win the American League East. The club wasn’t expected to do much after a sixth place finish the previous season. The pitching staff was riddled with inconsistencies, but the Tigers were in first place as late as June 25, and early in the year, looked like they might establish a record for run scoring.


At the heart of the team were three stars left over from the championship team of 1984: 36-year old second baseman Lou Whitaker, 36-year old outfielder Kirk Gibson, and 35-year old shortstop Alan Trammell. There was also the All-Star slugger Cecil Fielder at first base who, true to form, clubbed 30 home runs and drove in a team-high 117 RBIs; promising young shortstop Travis Fryman batted an even .300 and paced the team with 182 hits; and catcher Chad Kreuter enjoyed the best season of his career, setting career-highs in homers (15), average (.286) and runs batted in (51).

Tony Phillips, a versatile switch hitter, could play just about anywhere in the field and even DH, but he mostly ended up in the outfield. A patient leadoff man, Phillips set the table for the Tigers' offense. He got on base any way he could, with a base hit, drawing a walk or getting hit by a pitch more than 300 times; thus, he scored 113 runs while hitting for a .313 average. Mickey Tettleton was equally flexible. He caught, played first, and also saw duty in the outfield and at DH when needed. With power from both sides of the plate, Tettleton did serious damage, hitting 32 homers, driving in 110 runs, and drawing 109 walks.

Though the team may often be overlooked in the long, storied history of the Tigers' franchise (perhaps due to being in the midst of the team's leanest years), they were as powerful a lineup as the Tigers had ever seen, and for several weeks they lit up the American League, scoring runs at an eye-popping rate. With a lineup built around patience and swing-for-the-fences power, the Tigers got off to a remarkable start in tallying runs. In their home opener, they pummeled the Oakland Athletics by the score of 20-4. In that game Fryman had five RBIs, Tettleton plated four, and Fielder went 4-for-4 as the Tigers pounded out 18 hits and drew twelve walks. Four days later against the Mariners, the Tigers won 20-3, this time behind 20 hits and ten more walks. The next day the team outslugged the M’s, 8-7. But that was just the beginning. When the club went on the road to face the Twins for a three-game series in late April, Detroit pounded their way to victories by the scores of 12-4, 17-1, and 16-5. In the series, Detroit banged out 46 hits and drew 22 walks while clubbing eleven homers and 23 extra-base hits.[1]

On April 23, the Tigers were in first place and they would stay there for two months. Over the first six weeks of the season, the vaunted Tiger lineup was averaging 8½ runs per game, on pace to score more than 1,300 runs. This would have shattered the modern-day record held by the 1894 Baltimore Orioles, who scored 1,171 runs.[2]

On June 20, the Tigers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-3, putting them at a 43-25 record, two games over second-place Toronto. Even with their success, the pitching continued to struggle, as evidenced by numerous high-scoring affairs against other top-tier teams such as the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees. In late June, the team went on a ten-game losing skid, during which they were outscored 80-31. The Tigers never recovered from the losing streak, and finished in a tie for third place in the American League East. They did, however, lead the league in runs scored (899), walks (765), on-base percentage (.362), and on base-plus slugging (.796).


  • December 7, 1992: Bill Gullickson was signed as a free agent by the Tigers.[3]
  • February 10, 1993: Kirk Gibson was signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers.[4]
  • Before 1993 Season: Steve Carter was Sent from the Detroit Tigers to the Cincinnati Reds.[5]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Toronto Blue Jays 95 67 0.586 48–33 47–34
New York Yankees 88 74 0.543 7 50–31 38–43
Baltimore Orioles 85 77 0.525 10 48–33 37–44
Detroit Tigers 85 77 0.525 10 44–37 41–40
Boston Red Sox 80 82 0.494 15 43–38 37–44
Cleveland Indians 76 86 0.469 19 46–35 30–51
Milwaukee Brewers 69 93 0.426 26 38–43 31–50

Notable transactions[edit]


1993 Detroit Tigers
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats[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

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


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

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

Relief pitchers[edit]

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Haas, DaveDave Haas 20 1 2 0 6.11 17
Kiely, JohnJohn Kiely 8 0 2 0 7.71 3

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Toledo Mud Hens International League Joe Sparks
AA London Tigers Eastern League Tom Runnells
A Lakeland Tigers Florida State League Gerry Groninger
A Fayetteville Generals South Atlantic League Mark Wagner
Short-Season A Niagara Falls Rapids New York-Penn League Larry Parrish
Rookie Bristol Tigers Appalachian League Rubén Amaro, Sr.

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Niagara Falls[8]


  1. ^ 1993 Detroit Tigers schedule
  2. ^ 1894 Baltimore Orioles season
  3. ^ Bill Gullickson page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/g/gibsoki01.shtml
  5. ^ http: Steve Carter was//www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/cartest01.shtml
  6. ^ Joe Boever page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Eric Davis page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball". Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997