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1979 Detroit Tigers (MLB)

+ Defensive Lineups
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W-L Record: 85-76 .528
Rank: 5th in American League East
Run Differential: 770-738 + 32
Roster Continuity 82.85% 10/26
Manager(s): Sparky Anderson, Les Moss, Dick Tracewski
General Manager: Jim Campbell
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Ballpark: Tiger Stadium
Attendance: 1,630,929 13/26
Playoffs: Did not qualify
Top Draft Pick: Rick Leach (#13) All picks
Years Active:
Franchise Information

Coaching Staff

Bench Coach: Billy Consolo
First Base Coach: Gates Brown
Hitting Coach: Ed Brinkman
Pitching Coach: Johnny Grodzicki
Third Base Coach: Dick Tracewski

#1 Draft Picks

Pat Underwood (#2), Kirk Gibson (#12), Lance Parrish (#16)
American League East Standings
TeamWLWPctGBL
10257.642--
9566.5908.0
9169.56911.5
8971.55613.5
8576.52818.0
8180.50322.0
53109.32750.5
  • These are starting defensive lineups by date for the 1979 season.
  • The # next to each player indicates the # of times at that position for this team/season. Bold indicates a player's first start at that position.
  • Total starts by position are at the bottom of this page.
  • Filter on a selection of players to see a team's win-loss record for that combinaton.
  • #AprilGame ResultStarting PitcherCatcherFirst BaseSecond BaseThird BaseShortstopLeft FieldCenter FieldRight FieldDesignated Hitter
    11979-04-07L 2-8 TEX
    21979-04-09W 7-3 @KCA
    31979-04-11L 3-10 @KCA
    41979-04-13L 4-5 @TEX
    51979-04-14L 5-7 @TEX
    61979-04-15W 11-6 @TEX
    71979-04-16W 10-4 KCA
    81979-04-17W 6-3 KCA
    91979-04-20W 7-2 TOR
    101979-04-21L 4-5 TOR
    111979-04-22W 4-1 TOR
    121979-04-26L 1-5 @MIL
    131979-04-26L 5-7 @MIL
    141979-04-27L 3-5 MIN
    151979-04-28W 5-3 MIN
    161979-04-29L 3-5 MIN
    #MayGame ResultStarting PitcherCatcherFirst BaseSecond BaseThird BaseShortstopLeft FieldCenter FieldRight FieldDesignated Hitter
    171979-05-01W 5-2 @CHA
    181979-05-03L 6-7 @MIN
    191979-05-04L 6-7 @MIN
    201979-05-05W 8-4 @MIN
    211979-05-06L 6-9 @MIN
    221979-05-07W 5-4 CHA
    231979-05-08W 10-8 CHA
    241979-05-09L 4-5 CHA
    251979-05-11L 1-5 MIL
    261979-05-12L 2-3 MIL
    271979-05-13W 6-2 MIL
    281979-05-14W 3-1 @NYA
    291979-05-15L 3-11 @NYA
    301979-05-16L 2-6 @NYA
    311979-05-18W 5-3 @CLE
    321979-05-19L 0-6 @CLE
    331979-05-20L 7-9 @CLE
    341979-05-21W 3-1 NYA
    351979-05-22L 8-12 NYA
    361979-05-23W 4-3 NYA
    371979-05-26L 5-7 BAL
    381979-05-27W 5-1 BAL
    391979-05-27W 10-3 BAL
    401979-05-28W 6-2 @TOR
    411979-05-29W 9-8 @TOR
    421979-05-30W 8-2 @TOR
    431979-05-31W 1-0 @TOR
    #JuneGame ResultStarting PitcherCatcherFirst BaseSecond BaseThird BaseShortstopLeft FieldCenter FieldRight FieldDesignated Hitter
    441979-06-01L 2-3 @OAK
    451979-06-02W 9-3 @OAK
    461979-06-03W 2-0 @OAK
    471979-06-04L 2-11 @SEA
    481979-06-05W 3-1 @SEA
    491979-06-06L 3-4 @SEA
    501979-06-08L 4-6 @CAL
    511979-06-09L 1-9 @CAL
    521979-06-10W 10-7 @CAL
    531979-06-11W 3-1 OAK
    541979-06-12W 9-2 OAK
    551979-06-13W 7-3 SEA
    561979-06-14L 2-3 SEA
    571979-06-15L 7-8 CAL
    581979-06-16L 2-4 CAL
    591979-06-17W 8-4 CAL
    601979-06-18L 8-9 @BOS
    611979-06-19W 10-4 @BOS
    621979-06-20L 3-13 @BOS
    631979-06-21L 2-3 @BOS
    641979-06-22L 5-6 @BAL
    651979-06-23L 6-8 @BAL
    661979-06-23L 5-6 @BAL
    671979-06-24W 6-4 @BAL
    681979-06-26W 6-4 BOS
    691979-06-27L 1-3 BOS
    701979-06-28W 6-3 BOS
    711979-06-29W 8-6 CLE
    721979-06-30L 2-4 CLE
    #JulyGame ResultStarting PitcherCatcherFirst BaseSecond BaseThird BaseShortstopLeft FieldCenter FieldRight FieldDesignated Hitter
    731979-07-01W 10-2 CLE
    741979-07-02L 4-8 CLE
    751979-07-03L 1-9 TOR
    761979-07-04L 6-7 TOR
    771979-07-05W 3-2 TOR
    781979-07-06W 7-4 @MIL
    791979-07-06W 5-4 @MIL
    801979-07-07W 6-3 @MIL
    811979-07-08L 4-5 @MIL
    821979-07-08L 1-3 @MIL
    831979-07-09L 3-5 MIN
    841979-07-10W 6-5 MIN
    851979-07-11L 0-3 MIN
    861979-07-12W 4-1 @CHA
    871979-07-12L 0-0 @CHA
    881979-07-13W 3-1 @CHA
    891979-07-14L 4-12 @CHA
    901979-07-15W 14-5 @CHA
    911979-07-19W 8-3 @MIN
    921979-07-20L 6-14 @MIN
    931979-07-21W 4-2 CHA
    941979-07-22W 1-0 CHA
    951979-07-23L 3-11 CHA
    961979-07-24L 4-5 MIL
    971979-07-25W 11-2 MIL
    981979-07-26W 5-2 MIL
    991979-07-27W 4-3 @TOR
    1001979-07-28L 0-3 @TOR
    1011979-07-29W 5-4 @TOR
    1021979-07-30W 6-4 @TEX
    1031979-07-31L 3-11 @TEX
    #AugustGame ResultStarting PitcherCatcherFirst BaseSecond BaseThird BaseShortstopLeft FieldCenter FieldRight FieldDesignated Hitter
    1041979-08-01L 3-4 @TEX
    1051979-08-03L 3-5 KCA
    1061979-08-03W 4-3 KCA
    1071979-08-04W 5-2 KCA
    1081979-08-05L 2-3 KCA
    1091979-08-07W 3-1 TEX
    1101979-08-07W 8-2 TEX
    1111979-08-08L 9-16 TEX
    1121979-08-08W 10-4 TEX
    1131979-08-09W 3-2 TEX
    1141979-08-10L 6-7 @KCA
    1151979-08-10L 3-7 @KCA
    1161979-08-11L 5-11 @KCA
    1171979-08-12L 1-7 @KCA
    1181979-08-13W 5-3 @CAL
    1191979-08-14W 6-3 @CAL
    1201979-08-15W 6-1 @CAL
    1211979-08-17W 9-2 @SEA
    1221979-08-18W 7-4 @SEA
    1231979-08-19L 4-8 @SEA
    1241979-08-20W 7-3 @OAK
    1251979-08-21L 1-8 @OAK
    1261979-08-22W 3-1 @OAK
    1271979-08-24W 5-2 SEA
    1281979-08-25L 4-8 SEA
    1291979-08-26W 4-3 SEA
    1301979-08-26W 9-8 SEA
    1311979-08-27W 3-2 CAL
    1321979-08-28W 12-2 CAL
    1331979-08-29W 2-1 CAL
    1341979-08-30W 8-7 OAK
    1351979-08-31L 3-5 OAK
    #SeptemberGame ResultStarting PitcherCatcherFirst BaseSecond BaseThird BaseShortstopLeft FieldCenter FieldRight FieldDesignated Hitter
    1361979-09-01L 3-6 OAK
    1371979-09-02L 4-5 OAK
    1381979-09-03L 3-4 @CLE
    1391979-09-04L 3-5 @CLE
    1401979-09-05W 9-3 @CLE
    1411979-09-06L 1-3 NYA
    1421979-09-07W 6-0 NYA
    1431979-09-08L 4-5 NYA
    1441979-09-09W 3-1 NYA
    1451979-09-11W 14-1 CLE
    1461979-09-12W 4-1 CLE
    1471979-09-15W 4-3 @NYA
    1481979-09-15L 1-7 @NYA
    1491979-09-16W 8-4 @NYA
    1501979-09-17L 1-2 BAL
    1511979-09-18W 2-1 BAL
    1521979-09-19W 5-0 BAL
    1531979-09-20L 7-8 BAL
    1541979-09-21L 1-4 @BOS
    1551979-09-23L 1-2 @BOS
    1561979-09-23W 3-2 @BOS
    1571979-09-25W 3-2 @BAL
    1581979-09-26L 2-13 @BAL
    1591979-09-28L 4-7 BOS
    1601979-09-29L 5-8 BOS
    1611979-09-30W 5-1 BOS
    Total Starts by PositionCatcherFirst BaseSecond BaseThird BaseShortstopLeft FieldCenter FieldRight FieldDesignated Hitter
    Win-Loss Record with lineups above:

    84-77
    Lance Parrish 135
    John Wockenfuss 18
    Ed Putman 5
    Milt May 2
    Jason Thompson 128
    John Wockenfuss 25
    Ed Putman 3
    Tim Corcoran 2
    Champ Summers 2
    Lou Whitaker 114
    Mark Wagner 22
    Tom Brookens 17
    Dave Machemer 7
    Aurelio Rodriguez 97
    Tom Brookens 38
    Phil Mankowski 22
    Rick Peters 3
    Alan Trammell 138
    Mark Wagner 22
    Steve Kemp 114
    Jerry Morales 16
    Lynn Jones 13
    Kirk Gibson 7
    John Wockenfuss 5
    Al Greene 3
    Tim Corcoran 1
    Dave Machemer 1
    Ron LeFlore 112
    Lynn Jones 24
    Jerry Morales 15
    Dave Stegman 9
    Jerry Morales 75
    Champ Summers 60
    Lynn Jones 15
    Dan Gonzales 3
    Steve Kemp 3
    Tim Corcoran 1
    John Wockenfuss 1
    Dave Stegman 1
    Kirk Gibson 1
    Rusty Staub 66
    Ron LeFlore 34
    Al Greene 14
    John Wockenfuss 13
    Steve Kemp 11
    Champ Summers 9
    Jerry Morales 5
    Rick Peters 3
    Jason Thompson 2
    Tim Corcoran 1
    Dan Gonzales 1
    Tom Brookens 1


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