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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Did the Tigers throw games in 1917 to help the White Sox win the pennant?

It’s likely that most players on both sides were aware of the arrangement, but most of them were not directly involved. In that era if a key player, a pitcher for example, wanted to make some extra cash he might “Have a bad game.” A pair of players: Detroit pitcher Bill James and White Sox shortstop Swede Risberg later claimed that as many as three Detroit pitchers were promised a reward if they were to perform poorly in the four-game set. Those pitchers were probably James, Bernie Boland, and Willie Mitchell.

Wahoo Sam Posted: May 28, 2016 at 11:04 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago white sox, detroit tigers

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

These Tigers’ managers were ejected the most times

A consequence of the challenge/replay system has been a decrease in the number of on-field arguments between managers and umpires. While fans don’t go to a ballpark to see their manager debate with an umpire they’ve probably never heard of, the argument was a part of baseball history and it’s provided some memorable moments. Who doesn’t remember Earl Weaver flipping out at a bad call and engaging in a profanity-filled exchange with the men in blue? Well, they wear black now, but…

Thanks to the fantastic work of Retrosheet, which has gathered the play-by-play and/or box scores of nearly every game in history dating back to before Grover Cleveland was president, we have a list of every ejection for a player, manager, or coach since at least 1901. I decided to take a look at which Tigers’ managers have been ejected the most times.


Monday, March 21, 2016

A look at when Ty Cobb performed his steals of home

On April 20, 1912, Ty Cobb christened Frank Navin’s new $300,000 ballpark by scoring the Detroit Tigers’ first-ever run at Navin Field. He did it in typically dramatic style, swiping home in the bottom of the first inning against Cleveland’s Vean Gregg. It was the first of a record eight steals of home the Peach would pull off that summer.

Wahoo Sam Posted: March 21, 2016 at 01:19 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: charts, detroit tigers, stolen bases, ty cobb

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Will Detroit Tigers Lopsided Right-Handed Lineup be a Handicap?

Can a team win with an almost exclusive RH lineup?

This year the Detroit Tigers will feature an everyday lineup with eight right-handed batters and one switch-hitter Although it’s quite a potent lineup, it’s a remarkably lopsided one. You can argue this one-sidedness doesn’t matter, but the numbers say it does. To take a fair measure, examine the Tiger regulars’ OPS against righties and lefties over the last three seasons.

Here are those figures for the cumulative OPS from 2013, 2014, and 2015: Only Maybin has a “reverse split” with an OPS over that three-year period of.639 vs. lefties and .667 vs. righties…

Wahoo Sam Posted: February 04, 2016 at 09:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cameron maybin, detroit tigers, justin upton

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Trammell, Whitaker (and Morris) could be elected by veterans committee fairly soon

“I’m hoping that maybe someday my partner Lou Whitaker and I will start to get a little momentum in the Veterans Committee down the road… That would be my dream if I ever was to be so lucky to be elected: I would go in with my partner.” - Alan Trammell


 

 

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