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The 1997 Detroit Tigers finished in third place in the American League Eastern Division with a record of 79-83 (.488). They were outscored by their opponents 790 to 784. The Tigers drew 1,365,157 fans to Tiger Stadium in 1997, ranking 13th of the 14 teams in the American League. This was the Tigers' final year in the American League Eastern Division. Beginning in 1998, the team joined the American League Central Division. On July 27, 1997, the Detroit Tigers retired pitcher Hal Newhouser's number 16.

1997 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Mike Ilitch
General manager(s)Randy Smith
Manager(s)Buddy Bell
Local televisionWKBD
(Ernie Harwell, Al Kaline, Jim Price)
PASS
(Ernie Harwell, Jim Price, Fred McLeod)
Local radioWJR
(Frank Beckmann, Lary Sorensen)
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Contents

OffseasonEdit

  • January 9, 1997: Vince Coleman signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers.[1]

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 98 64 0.605 46–35 52–29
New York Yankees 96 66 0.593 2 47–33 49–33
Detroit Tigers 79 83 0.488 19 42–39 37–44
Boston Red Sox 78 84 0.481 20 39–42 39–42
Toronto Blue Jays 76 86 0.469 22 42–39 34–47

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1997 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team ANA BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR NL 
Anaheim 4–7 6–5 6–5 7–4 5–6 6–5 7–4 4–7 4–7 11–1 6–6 8–4 6–5 4–12
Baltimore 7–4 5–7 5–6 6–5 6–6 7–4 5–6 10–1 8–4 8–3 7–4 10–1 6–6 8–7
Boston 5–6 7–5 3–8 6–5 5–7 3–8 8–3 8–3 4–8 7–4 7–4 3–8 6–6 6–9
Chicago 5–6 6–5 8–3 5–7 4–7 11–1 4–7 6–6 2–9 8–3 5–6 3–8 5–6 8–7
Cleveland 4–7 5–6 5–6 7–5 6–5 8–3 8–4 8–4 5–6 7–4 3–8 5–6 6–5 9–6
Detroit 6–5 6–6 7–5 7–4 5–6 6–5 4–7 4–7 2–10 7–4 4–7 7–4 6–6 8–7
Kansas City 5–6 4–7 8–3 1–11 3–8 5–6 6–6 7–5 3–8 3–8 5–6 6–5 5–6 6–9
Milwaukee 4–7 6–5 3–8 7–4 4–8 7–4 6–6 5–7 4–7 5–6 5–6 7–4 7–4 8–7
Minnesota 7–4 1–10 3–8 6–6 4–8 7–4 5–7 7–5 3–8 7–4 5–6 3–8 3–8 7–8
New York 7–4 4–8 8–4 9–2 6–5 10–2 8–3 7–4 8–3 6–5 4–7 7–4 7–5 5–10
Oakland 1–11 3–8 4–7 3–8 4–7 4–7 8–3 6–5 4–7 5–6 5–7 5–7 6–5 7–9
Seattle 6–6 4–7 4–7 6–5 8–3 7–4 6–5 6–5 6–5 7–4 7–5 8–4 8–3 7–9
Texas 4–8 1–10 8–3 8–3 6–5 4–7 5–6 4–7 8–3 4–7 7–5 4–8 4–7 10–6
Toronto 5–6 6–6 6–6 6–5 5–6 6–6 6–5 4–7 8–3 5–7 5–6 3–8 7–4 4–11


TransactionsEdit

  • April 8, 1997: Bob Hamelin was signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers.[2]
  • April 16, 1997: Vince Coleman was released by the Detroit Tigers.[1]

RosterEdit

1997 Detroit Tigers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Game logEdit

Legend
Tigers win Tigers loss Game postponed

Player statsEdit

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

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 Raul Casanova 101 304 74 .243 5 24
1B Tony Clark 159 580 160 .276 32 117
2B Damion Easley 151 527 139 .264 22 72
3B Travis Fryman 154 595 163 .274 22 102
SS Deivi Cruz 147 436 105 .241 2 40
LF Bobby Higginson 146 546 163 .299 27 101
CF Brian Hunter 162 658 177 .269 4 45
RF Melvin Nieves 116 359 82 .228 20 64
DH Bob Hamelin 110 318 86 .270 18 52

Other battersEdit

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
Phil Nevin 93 251 59 .235 9 35
Curtis Pride 79 162 34 .210 2 19
Brian Johnson 45 139 33 .237 2 18
Matt Walbeck 47 137 38 .277 3 10
Bubba Trammell 44 123 28 .228 4 13
Jody Reed 52 112 22 .196 0 8
Orlando Miller 50 111 26 .234 2 10
Juan Encarnación 11 33 7 .212 1 5
Frank Catalanotto 13 26 8 .308 0 3
Jimmy Hurst 13 17 3 .176 1 1
Vince Coleman 6 14 1 .071 0 0
Marcus Jensen 8 11 2 .182 0 1
Kimera Bartee 12 5 1 .200 0 0
Joe Hall 2 4 2 .500 0 3

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Justin Thompson 32 223.1 15 11 3.02 151
Brian Moehler 31 175.1 11 12 4.67 97
Willie Blair 29 175 16 8 4.17 90
Omar Olivares 19 115 5 6 4.70 74
Felipe Lira 20 92 5 7 5.77 64
Scott Sanders 14 74.1 3 8 5.33 58
Greg Keagle 11 45.1 3 5 6.55 33
Tim Pugh 2 9 1 1 5.00 4

Other pitchersEdit

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Glenn Dishman 7 29 1 2 5.28 20

Relief pitchersEdit

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

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Todd Jones 68 70 5 4 31 3.09 70
Mike Myers 88 53.2 0 4 2 5.70 50
Dan Miceli 71 82.2 3 2 3 5.01 79
Doug Brocail 61 78 3 4 2 3.23 60
A. J. Sager 38 84 3 4 3 4.18 53
Kevin Jarvis 17 41.2 0 3 0 5.40 27
José Bautista 21 40.1 2 2 0 6.69 19
John Cummings 19 24.2 2 0 0 5.47 8
Eddie Gaillard 16 20.1 1 0 1 5.31 12
Roberto Duran 13 10.2 0 0 0 7.59 11
Fernando Hernández 2 1.1 0 0 0 40.50 2

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Vince Coleman Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  2. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/h/hamelbo01.shtml
  3. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007

External linksEdit