On May 29, Gerald Laird changed his uniform number from 8 to 12 in the hope his offensive luck would change. Who could blame him for trying something — anything — to inject some life into his bat.
How’s it worked? He’s 2 for 16, or .125 since the switcheroo.
Before he had clubhouse guy Jim Schmakel sew him up a new uni, Laird was 16 for 101, or .158. And his overall stats for Laird while wearing #8 — the ones we’ll compare below with his predecessors are: .184 avg., 5 HR, .271 OBP, .553 OPS
This uniform-change ploy got me thinking about recent Tigers players that wore number 8 or number 12 to see which had the best offensive numbers and if, based on recent history (going back to 1995ish), Laird might luck out by some numerical karma.
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Tigers’ Spring Training Record: 14-10-1
Today’s Game: Tigers @ Yankees | 1:05 p.m. ET – Legends Field, Tampa | On the Air: 97.1 FM/1270 AM and MLB.TV
Max Scherzer (1-1, 7.15 ERA) vs. Andy Pettitte (0-0, 4.50 ERA)
Also scheduled to pitch: Fu-Te Ni, Phil Coke, Joel Zumaya and Jose Valverde.
The Tigers suffered a 2-1 loss to the New York Yankees yesterday afternoon at Joker Marchant Stadium. Nate Robertson (2-1) took the loss for Detroit after allowing two runs in five innings of work. Magglio Ordonez singled and drove in Detroit’s lone run.
Tigers @ Blue Jays | 1:05 p.m. ET – Dunedin Stadium, Dunedin, Fla. | On the Air: None
Rick Porcello (1-1, 0.75 ERA) vs. Dana Eveland (0-1, 1.69 ERA)
Also scheduled to pitch: Eddie Bonine, Brad Thomas, Phil Coke and Ryan Perry
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