2000 Detroit Tigers season

2000 Detroit Tigers season

2000 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Mike Ilitch
Manager(s) Phil Garner
Local television WKBD
(Frank Beckmann, Al Kaline)
FSN Detroit
(Josh Lewin, Kirk Gibson, Tom Paciorek)
Local radio WJR
(Ernie Harwell, Jim Price, Dan Dickerson)
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The Detroit Tigers' 2000 season was a season in American baseball.


  • November 2, 1999: Juan Gonzalez was traded by the Texas Rangers with Danny Patterson and Gregg Zaun to the Detroit Tigers for Frank Catalanotto, Francisco Cordero, Bill Haselman, Gabe Kapler, Justin Thompson, and Alan Webb (minors).[1]
  • November 15, 1999: Luis Polonia was signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers.[2]
  • November 29, 1999: Mike Oquist was signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers.[3]
  • March 7, 2000: Gregg Zaun was sent to the Kansas City Royals by the Detroit Tigers as part of a conditional deal.[4]
  • March 13, 2000: Mike Oquist was released by the Detroit Tigers.[3]
  • March 26, 2000: Mike Oquist was signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers.[3]

Regular season

  • On October 1, 2000, Dusty Allen hit a home run in the last at-bat of his career.[5]
Honored 2000


OF: 1914-29


OF: 1923-27

Honored 2000


M: 1907-20


OF: 1903-17

Honored 2000


C: 1934-37
M: 1934-38

3B: 1946-52
Honored 2000


Honored 2000

Comerica Park

Tiled Tigers logo outside of the front entrance.

Groundbreaking for a new ballpark to replace Tiger Stadium for the Detroit Tigers was held on October 29, 1997 and the new stadium was opened to the public in 2000. At the time of construction, the scoreboard in left field was the largest in Major League Baseball.[1] In December 1998, Comerica Bank agreed to pay $66 million over 30 years for the naming rights for the new ballpark. Upon its opening, there was some effort to try to find a nickname for the park, with the abbreviation CoPa suggested by many [2], but that nickname has not gained widespread acceptance.

First Game

Comerica Park panoramic

The first game at Comerica Park was held on Tuesday, April 11, 2000 with 39,168 spectators attending, on a cold snowy afternoon. Grounds people had to clear snow off the field from the night before. The Tigers defeated the Seattle Mariners by a score of 5-2. The winning pitcher, like in the final game at Tiger Stadium was Brian Moehler.

Season standings

AL Central W L Pct. GB
Chicago White Sox 95 67 .586 --
Cleveland Indians 90 72 .556 5
Detroit Tigers 79 83 .488 16
Kansas City Royals 77 85 .475 18
Minnesota Twins 69 93 .426 26

Notable transactions

  • May 10, 2000: Rich Becker was signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers.[6]
  • July 31, 2000: Luis Polonia was released by the Detroit Tigers.[2]


Player stats


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

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Toledo Mud Hens International League Dave Anderson and Glenn Ezell
AA Jacksonville Suns Southern League Gene Roof
A Lakeland Tigers Florida State League Skeeter Barnes
A West Michigan Whitecaps Midwest League Bruce Fields
Short-Season A Oneonta Tigers New York-Penn League Gary Green
Rookie GCL Tigers Gulf Coast League Kevin Bradshaw


  1. ^ Juan Gonzalez Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  2. ^ a b Luis Polonia Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  3. ^ a b c http://www.baseball-reference.com/o/oquismi01.shtml
  4. ^ Gregg Zaun Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  5. ^ Home Run in Last At Bat by Baseball Almanac
  6. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/b/beckeri01.shtml
  7. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007

External links

  • 2000 Detroit Tigers season at Baseball Reference
  • Tigers on Baseball Almanac