Opening the Tigers’ History Book

OldBookXSmall.jpgWhile we await the Tigers’ next move this offseason, let’s look back on the trades the club made on this day in …

And on Nov. 20, 1985, the Pirates hired White Sox third base coach Jim Leyland to be the club’s 33rd manager in history.

Gerald Laird Likely to Lose at His Uniform-Number Shell Game

LairdHead.jpgOn 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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Updated: Random Trivia

Can you name the last Tigers player to wear #42 before MLB retired the number across the board in honor of Jackie Robinson?

The answer to come on Episode 78 of the podcast.

Update: In the comments, Jan answered Phil Nevin. I was quick to shoot that down in the podcast but she was correct, though, that Nevin did wear #42 for the Tigers. He and Buddy Groom* wore it in 1995, but Groom wore it first.

In 1996 it was a popular number in that three players wore it that season: pitchers Randy Veres and Tom Urbani, and utility guy Shannon Penn.

*Did you know Buddy Groom’s real first name is Wedsel?