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1996 Detroit Tigers season

1996 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Detroit, Michigan (since 1901)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Mike Ilitch
    Manager(s) Buddy Bell
    Local television WKBD
    (George Kell, Al Kaline)
    PASS
    (Ernie Harwell, Fred McLeod)
    Local radio WJR
    (Frank Beckmann, Lary Sorensen)
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    The 1996 Detroit Tigers had a record of 53-109 for the third worst winning percentage (.327) in team history. With a number of capable batters (Cecil Fielder, Tony Clark, Bobby Higginson, Alan Trammell, Rubén Sierra, and Damion Easley), the team scored a respectable 783 runs. However, the 1996 Tigers lacked pitching and allowed their opponents to score 1,103 runs. No team in American League history and only one in major league history (the 1930 Philadelphia Phillies) has given up more runs. No pitcher on the team had more than 7 wins. The Tigers made more unwanted history when they were swept 12-0 by the Cleveland Indians in the regular season series, losing all twelve games played while being outscored, 79-28.

    Regular season

    Opening Day roster

    Season standings

    AL East W L Pct. GB
    New York Yankees 92 70 .568    --
    Baltimore Orioles * 88 74 .543   4.0
    Boston Red Sox 85 77 .525   7.0
    Toronto Blue Jays 74 88 .457 18.0
    Detroit Tigers 53 109 .327 39.0


    Notable transactions

    • March 22, 1996: Melvin Nieves was traded by the San Diego Padres with Raul Casanova and Richie Lewis to the Detroit Tigers for Sean Bergman, Todd Steverson, and Cade Gaspar (minors).[1]
    • March 31, 1996: Curtis Pride was signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers.[2]
    • April 27, 1996: Joe Boever was selected off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Detroit Tigers.[3]
    • July 31, 1996: Cecil Fielder was traded by the Detroit Tigers to the New York Yankees for Rubén Sierra and Matt Drews (minors).[4]
    • July 31, 1996: Chad Curtis was traded by the Detroit Tigers to the Los Angeles Dodgers for John Cummings and Joey Eischen.[5]
    • August 6, 1996: Todd Van Poppel was selected off waivers by the Detroit Tigers from the Oakland Athletics.

    Roster

    1996 Detroit Tigers
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    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 Brad Ausmus 75 226 56 .248 4 22
    1B Tony Clark 100 376 94 .250 27 72
    2B Mark Lewis 145 545 147 .270 11 55
    3B Travis Fryman 157 616 165 .268 22 100
    SS Andújar Cedeño 52 179 35 .196 7 20
    LF Bobby Higginson 130 440 141 .320 26 81
    CF Kimera Bartee 120 217 55 .253 1 14
    RF Melvin Nieves 110 431 106 .246 24 60
    DH Eddie Williams 77 215 43 .200 6 26

    Other batters

    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
    Chad Curtis 104 400 105 .263 10 37
    Cecil Fielder 107 391 97 .248 26 80
    Curtis Pride 95 267 80 .300 10 31
    Alan Trammell 66 193 45 .233 1 16
    Rubén Sierra 46 158 35 .222 1 20
    John Flaherty 47 152 38 .250 4 23
    Chris Gomez 48 128 31 .242 1 16
    Phil Nevin 38 120 35 .292 8 19
    Mark Parent 38 104 25 .240 7 17
    Damion Easley 21 67 23 .343 2 10

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Felipe Lira 32 194.7 6 14 5.22 113
    Omar Olivares 25 160 7 11 4.89 81
    Greg Gohr 17 91.7 4 8 7.17 60
    Justin Thompson 11 59 1 6 4.58 44
    Todd Van Poppel 9 36.3 2 4 11.39 16
    Scott Aldred 11 43.3 0 4 9.35 36
    C. J. Nitkowski 11 45.7 2 3 8.08 36

    Other pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Brian Williams 40 121 3 10 6.77 72
    Greg Keagle 26 87.7 3 6 7.39 70
    A. J. Sager 22 79 4 5 5.01 52

    Relief pitchers

    Player G W L SV ERA SO
    Gregg Olson 43 3 0 8 5.02 29
    Mike Myers 83 1 5 6 5.01 69
    Richie Lewis 72 4 6 2 4.18 78
    José Lima 39 5 6 3 5.70 59

    League leaders and award winners

    Worst seasons in Detroit Tigers history

    Worst Seasons in Detroit Tigers History
    Rank Year Wins Losses Win %
    1 2003 43 119 .265
    2 1952 50 104 .325
    3 1996 53 109 .327
    4 2002 55 106 .342
    5 1975 57 102 .358

    Farm system

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    Visalia affiliation shared with Arizona Diamondbacks[6]

    See also

    References

    1. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/n/nieveme01.shtml
    2. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/p/pridecu01.shtml
    3. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/b/boevejo01.shtml
    4. ^ Cecil Fielder Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    5. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/curtich01.shtml
    6. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball". Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997

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