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1983 Detroit Tigers season

1983 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Tom Monaghan
Manager(s) Sparky Anderson
Local television WDIV-TV
(Al Kaline)
ONTV
(Larry Adderley, Hank Aguirre, Norm Cash)
Local radio WJR
(Ernie Harwell, Paul Carey)
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The 1983 Detroit Tigers finished in second place in the American League East with a record of 92-70 (.568), six games behind the Orioles. The Tigers outscored their opponents 789 to 679. The Tigers drew 1,829,636 fans to Tiger Stadium in 1983, ranking 8th of the 14 teams in the American League.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

Team Wins Losses Win % GB
Baltimore Orioles 98 64 .605 0
Detroit Tigers 92 70 .568 6.0
New York Yankees 91 71 .562 7.0
Toronto Blue Jays 89 73 .549 9.0
Milwaukee Brewers 87 75 .537 11.0
Boston Red Sox 78 84 .481 20.0
Cleveland Indians 70 92 .432 28.0


Notable transactions

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 Lance Parrish 155 605 163 .269 27 114
1B Enos Cabell 121 392 122 .311 5 46
2B Lou Whitaker 161 643 206 .320 12 72
3B Tom Brookens 138 332 71 .214 6 32
SS Alan Trammell 142 505 161 .319 14 66
CF Chet Lemon 145 491 125 .255 24 69
RF Glenn Wilson 144 503 135 .268 11 65
LF Larry Herndon 153 603 182 .302 20 92
DH Kirk Gibson 128 401 91 .227 15 51

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
John Wockenfuss 92 245 66 .269 9 44
Rick Leach 99 242 60 .248 3 26
Johnny Grubb 57 134 34 .254 4 22
Wayne Krenchicki 59 133 37 .278 1 22
Marty Castillo 67 119 23 .193 2 16
Howard Johnson 27 66 14 .212 3 5
Julio González 12 21 3 .143 0 2
Sal Butera 4 5 1 .200 0 0

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
Dan Petry 38 266.3 19 11 3.92 122
Jack Morris 37 293.7 20 13 3.34 232
Milt Wilcox 26 186.0 11 10 3.97 101
Juan Berenguer 37 157.7 9 5 3.14 129
Glenn Abbott 7 46.7 2 1 1.93 11

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dave Rozema 29 105.0 8 3 3.43 63
Jerry Ujdur 11 34.0 0 4 7.15 13

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
Aurelio Lopez 57 9 8 18 46 2.81 90
Howard Bailey 33 5 5 0 15 4.88 21
Doug Bair 27 7 3 4 10 3.88 39
Dave Gumpert 26 0 2 2 17 2.64 14
Pat Underwood 4 0 0 0 2 8.71 2

Award winners and league leaders

Kirk Gibson

  • #2 in AL in triples (9)
  • #10 in AL in Power/Speed Number (14.5)

Larry Herndon

  • #2 in AL in triples (9)
  • #8 in AL in hits (182)
  • #10 in AL in at bats (603)
  • #10 in AL in total bases (288)

Chet Lemon

  • AL leader in times hit by pitch (20)

Aurelio Lopez

  • AL All Star Team, pitcher

Jack Morris

  • AL leader in strikeouts (232)
  • AL leader in innings pitched (293-2/3)
  • AL leader in wild pitches (18)
  • AL leader in batters faced (1204)
  • #2 in AL in strikeouts per 9 innings pitched (7.11)
  • #2 in AL in games started (37)
  • #2 in AL in complete games (20)
  • #2 in AL in strikeout to walk ratio (2.80)
  • #4 in AL in wins (20)
  • #4 in AL in walks plus hits per innings pitched (WHIP) (1.158)
  • #4 in AL in hits allowed (257)
  • #5 in AL in home runs allowed (30)

Lance Parrish

  • AL Gold Glove Award, catcher
  • AL Silver Slugger Award, catcher
  • AL All Star Team, catcher
  • AL leader in runners caught stealing (54)
  • AL leader in sacrifice flies (13)
  • Finished 9th in AL MVP voting
  • #3 in doubles (42)
  • #3 in AL in extra base hits (72)
  • #4 in AL in RBIs (114)
  • #6 in AL in outs (479)
  • #8 in AL in total bases (292)
  • #9 in AL in home runs (27)
  • #9 in AL in at bats (605)
  • #9 in AL in strikeouts (106)
  • #9 in AL in times grounded into double plays (21)

Dan Petry

  • AL leader in games started (38)
  • AL leader in home runs allowed (37)
  • #2 in AL in earned runs allowed (116)
  • #2 in AL in wild pitches (12)
  • #3 in AL in innings pitched (266-1/3)
  • #3 in AL in bases on balls allowed (99)
  • #3 in AL in batters faced (1115)
  • #5 in AL in wins (19)
  • #5 in AL in hits allowed (256)

Alan Trammell

  • AL Gold Glove Award, shortstop
  • AL leader in sacrifice hits (15)
  • Finished 15th in AL MVP voting
  • #4 in AL in batting average (.319)
  • #5 in AL in Power/Speed Number (19.1)
  • #8 in AL in on-base percentage (.385)
  • #9 in AL in times caught stealing (10)

Lou Whitaker

  • AL Gold Glove Award, second baseman
  • AL Silver Slugger Award, second baseman
  • AL All Star Team, second baseman
  • AL leader in games played at second base (160)
  • Tiger of the Year Award, by Detroit baseball writers
  • Finished 8th in AL MVP voting
  • #2 in AL in plate appearances (720)
  • #2 in AL in singles (148)
  • #2 in AL in times on base (273)
  • #3 in AL in batting average (.320)
  • #3 in AL in hits (206)
  • #3 in AL in at bats (643)
  • #4 in AL in games (161)
  • #5 in AL in runs created (114)
  • #7 in AL in total bases (294)
  • #7 in AL in doubles (40)
  • #7 in AL in sacrifice flies (8)
  • #9 in AL in times caught stealing (10)

Milt Wilcox

  • #4 in AL in wild pitches (10)

Players ranking among top 100 all time at position

The following members of the 1983 Detroit Tigers are among the Top 100 of all time at their position, as ranked by The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract:

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Evansville Triplets American Association Gordon Mackenzie
AA Birmingham Barons Southern League Roy Majtyka
A Lakeland Tigers Florida State League Ted Brazell
Rookie Bristol Tigers Appalachian League Boots Day

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Birmingham

Notes

  1. ^ Dave Revering page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Julio González page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Sal Butera page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Jeff Robinson page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ D. J. Dozier page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Wayne Krenchicki page at Baseball Reference

References

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