Sept. 18, 1984: Tigers Clinch American League East Title

On this date in 1984, the Tigers clinched the American League East title, beating the Brewers 3-0.

Randy O’Neal pitched seven shutout innings, allowing four hits, one walk and striking out six. As he often did, Willie Hernandez earned a two-inning save, his 30th of the year.

Tom Brookens hit a solo homer off Brewers’ starter Bob McClure. Lance Parrish drove in Detroit’s other two runs.

If you want to take a deep dive into the ’84 club, pickup a copy of Detroit Tigers 1984: What a Start! What a Finish! from (Disclosure: I wrote the bios of Rusty Kuntz, Johnny Grubb, Chet Lemon and Carl Willis that appear in the book.)

Tigers Today: August 28, 2010

BallBatGrass.jpgTigers’ Record:

64-66, 3rd Place; 11 GB

Today’s Game

Blue Jays 5 – Tigers 4

Yesterday’s Results

Blue Jays 3 – Tigers 2 (12 innings)

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Tigers Today: July 21, 2010

BallTherapy.jpgTigers’ Record:

48-44, 2nd place; 3.5 GB Chicago

Today’s Game

Tigers vs. Rangers | 7:05 p.m. ET – Comerica Park | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM

Pitching Matchup

Max Scherzer (6-7, 4.74 ERA) vs. RHP Colby Lewis (9-5, 3.42 ERA)

Yesterday’s Results

Rangers 8 – Tigers 0

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Choose Your Willis

flipacoin.jpgDid you know that the Tigers have had only two players in their 100-plus-year history with the last name Willis? If not, we’ll forgive you because, at least so far, the name doesn’t stir fond memories.

In 1984, Carl Willis pitched 16 innings and was 0-2 with a 7.31 ERA. He surrendered 25 hits and 13 runs, all of them earned. This Willis was soon traded to Cincinnati for Bill Scherrer.

In 2008 and ’09, Dontrelle Willis has fared better in only two categories: wins (1) and innings pitched, 57.2. His ERA is 8.27. It’s anyone’s guess at this point if Dontrelle will get an opportunity in Detroit to improve those stats.

Now, in their defense, both pitchers performed well in their careers when they weren’t wearing a Tigers uniform. But how does that help us?


The Monday Report: Non Sequiturs to Start Your Week

  • How time flies. It was 18 years ago Saturday (Jan. 12) that the Tigers traded right-handed starter Jeff Robinson to the Orioles for catcher Mickey Tettleton. (Somewhere I have Robinson’s autograph on a bleacher-seat ticket stub.) 
  • No one really knows how long Joel Zumaya will be out — perhaps all season. If that’s the case, and he’s able to come back next year in 2006 form, could this injury actually prolong his career? I’m just sayin’… 
  • If you, like me, have wondered why the Tigers of the 1980s don’t get more love from Hall of Fame voters, be sure to read John Brattain‘s piece on The Hardball Times. 
  • If you want your retinas scarred forever, visit the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Web site. If you don’t, don’t. 
  • One more thing on Brandon Inge. I realize his world’s been rocked since the trade for Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera, but I’m still a little surprised that he’s been so quiet this offseason. He could have pulled an Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh and talked with reporters using nothing but clichés. Instead, he’s said nothing and now must face the questions over and over again in Spring Training. Think that won’t be a bit distracting to him and the team? 
  • Did you know that Dontrelle Willis will be only the second “Willis” to play for the Tigers in their history? He’s the first since current Indians’ pitching coach Carl Willis. You can look it up. 
  • Finally, Tigers birthdays galore over the past few days, starting with Dave “Soup” Campbell of ESPN Radio’s MLB coverage. He played for the Tigers from 1967-69; he turns 66 today. On Sunday several former Tigers celebrate their big day. From oldest to youngest:

    And on Friday Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon turned 49.