1975 Detroit Tigers season

1975 Detroit Tigers season

1975 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) John Fetzer
Manager(s) Ralph Houk
Local television WWJ-TV
(George Kell, Larry Osterman, Don Kremer)
Local radio WJR
(Ernie Harwell, Paul Carey)
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The 1975 Detroit Tigers compiled a record of 57-102, the fifth worst season in Detroit Tigers history. They finished in last place in the American League East, 37½ games behind the Boston Red Sox. Their team batting average of .249 and team ERA of 4.27 were the second worst in the American League. They were outscored by their opponents 786 to 570.

Offseason

Regular season

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

Season standings

AL East W L GB Pct.
Boston Red Sox 95 65 -- .594
Baltimore Orioles 90 69 4.5 .566
New York Yankees 83 77 12 .519
Cleveland Indians 79 80 15.5 .497
Milwaukee Brewers 68 94 28 .420
Detroit Tigers 57 102 37.5 .358

Notable transactions

  • June 15, 1975: Nate Colbert was purchased from the Tigers by the Montreal Expos.[6]

Roster

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 Freehan, BillBill Freehan 120 427 105 .246 14 47
1B Pierce, JackJack Pierce 53 170 40 .235 8 22
2B Sutherland, GaryGary Sutherland 129 503 130 .258 6 39
3B Rodríguez, AurelioAurelio Rodríguez 151 507 124 .245 13 60
SS Veryzer, TomTom Veryzer 128 404 102 .252 5 48
CF LeFlore, RonRon LeFlore 136 550 142 .258 8 37
RF Roberts, LeonLeon Roberts 129 447 115 .257 10 38
LF Oglivie, BenBen Oglivie 100 332 95 .286 9 36
DH Horton, WillieWillie Horton 159 615 169 .275 25 92

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
Meyer, DanDan Meyer 122 470 111 .236 8 47
Stanley, MickeyMickey Stanley 52 164 42 .256 3 19
Colbert, NateNate Colbert 45 156 23 .147 4 18
Michael, GeneGene Michael 56 145 31 .214 3 13
Wockenfuss, JohnJohn Wockenfuss 35 118 27 .229 4 13
Baldwin, BillyBilly Baldwin 30 95 21 .221 4 8
Knox, JohnJohn Knox 43 86 23 .267 0 2
Humphrey, TerryTerry Humphrey 18 41 10 .244 0 1
James, ArtArt James 11 40 9 .225 0 1
Brown, GatesGates Brown 47 35 6 .171 1 3
Molinaro, BobBob Molinaro 6 19 5 .263 0 1
Manuel, JerryJerry Manuel 6 18 1 .056 0 0
Scrivener, ChuckChuck Scrivener 4 16 4 .250 0 0
Lamont, GeneGene Lamont 4 8 3 .375 0 1

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Player G IP W L ERA SO
Lolich, MickeyMickey Lolich 32 240.2 12 18 3.78 139
Coleman, JoeJoe Coleman 31 201 10 18 5.55 125
Ruhle, VernVern Ruhle 32 190 11 12 4.03 67
LaGrow, LerrinLerrin LaGrow 32 164.1 7 14 4.38 75
Bare, RayRay Bare 29 150.2 8 13 4.48 71

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Player G IP W L ERA SO
Walker, TomTom Walker 36 115.1 3 8 4.45 60
Lemanczyk, DaveDave Lemanczyk 26 109 2 7 4.46 67
Glynn, EdEd Glynn 3 14.2 0 2 4.30 8

Relief pitchers

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
Hiller, JohnJohn Hiller 36 2 3 14 34 2.17 87
Reynolds, BobBob Reynolds 21 0 2 3 14 4.67 26
Arroyo, FernandoFernando Arroyo 14 2 1 0 6 4.56 25
Pentz, GeneGene Pentz 13 0 4 0 11 3.20 21
Brookens, IkeIke Brookens 3 0 0 0 2 5.23 8
Makowski, TomTom Makowski 3 0 0 0 2 4.82 3
Grilli, SteveSteve Grilli 3 0 0 0 3 1.35 5

Awards and honors

1975 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Bill Freehan, reserve

League top ten finishers

Joe Coleman

  • AL leader in wild pitches (15)
  • #2 in MLB in losses (18)
  • #2 in MLB in earned runs allowed (124)
  • #4 in AL in hit batsmen(9)

Ron LeFlore

  • #2 in AL in strikeouts (139)
  • #2 in MLB in times caught stealing (20)

Mickey Lolich

  • #2 in MLB in losses (18)
  • #6 in MLB in complete games (19)

Dan Meyer

  • AL leader in at bats per strikeout (18.8)

Willie Horton

  • #3 in AL in game played (159)
  • #4 in AL in at bats (615)

Players ranking among top 100 all time at position

The following members of the 1975 Detroit Tigers are among the Top 100 of all time at their position, as ranked by The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract in 2001:

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Evansville Triplets American Association Fred Hatfield
AA Montgomery Rebels Southern League Les Moss
A Lakeland Tigers Florida State League Stubby Overmire
A Clinton Pilots Midwest League Jim Leyland
Rookie Bristol Tigers Appalachian League Joe Lewis

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Evansville, Montgomery

Notes

  1. ^ Ed Brinkman page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Woodie Fryman page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Tom Brookens page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Gene Michael page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Jack Pierce page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Nate Colbert page at Baseball Reference

References