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1979 Detroit Tigers (MLB)

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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
  • The organization roster is a complete listing of all players, for a given season, who appeared in at least 1 game with either the Major League parent team or any of the affiliated teams at the various classifications (AAA,AA,A+,A,A-,Rookie)
  • A player may appear on multiple organizational rosters for a season since he have switched organizations during the season.
  • Organizational Roster for 1979 Detroit Tigers season
    PlayerTeamLeagueLevelPosHtWtB-TAgeBornPlaceDraft InfoHigh Level
    Fernando ArroyoEvansvilleAmerAAAP6-2180R-R27DET: 1970-10-243MLB
      DetroitALMLBP                
    Howard BaileyLakelandFSLA+P6-0195R-L21Not draftedMLB
    Chris BakerBristolAppRkOF6-4195R-R18DET: 1979-1-23A
    Steve BakerEvansvilleAmerAAAP6-0185R-R22NYN: 1974-18-420MLB
      DetroitALMLBP                
    Ken BaldwinBristolAppRk2B5-11178L-R21DET: 1979-22-557AA
    Anthony BarracoBristolAppRkOF5-11180B-R17DET: 1979-11-273Rk
    Michael BeecroftBristolAppRkP6-4195B-R20DET: 1977-10-239AA
      LakelandFSLA+P                
    Bob BendaLakelandFSLA+SS5-9160R-R22DET: 1978-22-547A+
    Thomas BertiLakelandFSLA+2B-SS5-11170L-R23Not draftedA+
    Jack BillinghamDetroitALMLBP6-4215R-R36Not draftedMLB
    Ted BlairMontgomerySouAAP5-10165L-L24Not draftedAAA
      EvansvilleAmerAAAP                
    Scott BollensBristolAppRkP6-2175R-R22DET: 1979-31-761Rk
    Ted BrazellMontgomerySouAAOF6-0175R-R27DET: 1970-15-363AA
    Bob BresnenLakelandFSLA+P6-1185R-L22DET: 1979-27-677A+
    Tom BrookensEvansvilleAmerAAA3B5-10170R-R25DET: 1975-1-4MLB
      DetroitALMLB3B                
    Darrell BrownMontgomerySouAAOF6-0184B-R23DET: 1977-3-57MLB
      EvansvilleAmerAAAOF                
    Jeffrey BrownLakelandFSLA+OF5-9167L-R23Not draftedA+
    Sheldon BurnsideDetroitALMLBP6-5200R-L24Not draftedMLB
    Tony CamaraBristolAppRk1B6-5205R-R22Not draftedRk
    Brian CascaddenBristolAppRkP6-1165L-L19Not draftedA+
      LakelandFSLA+P                
    David CassettoLakelandFSLA+P6-1180L-R21DET: 1978-13-324AA
      MontgomerySouAAP                
    Marty CastilloMontgomerySouAA3B-C6-1190R-R22DET: 1978-5-116MLB
      EvansvilleAmerAAA3B-C                
    Gordon ChretienLakelandFSLA+P6-1195R-R21DET: 1979-14-351AA
    Mike ChrisEvansvilleAmerAAAP6-3180L-L21DET: 1977-1-10MLB
      DetroitALMLBP                
    Chris CodiroliMontgomerySouAAP6-1160R-R21DET: 1978-1-11MLB
    PlayerTeamLeagueLevelPosHtWtB-TAgeBornPlaceDraft InfoHigh Level
    Richard CollyerBristolAppRkP6-1185L-L20Not draftedA+
    Tim CorcoranEvansvilleAmerAAA1B-OF5-11175L-L26Not draftedMLB
      DetroitALMLB1B-OF                
    Mardie CornejoEvansvilleAmerAAAP6-3200R-R27NYN: 1973-21-493MLB
    Larry CorrMontgomerySouAAP6-2175R-R25DET: 1976-20-458AAA
      EvansvilleAmerAAAP                
    John CrawfordLakelandFSLA+OF6-0185R-R23DET: 1978-20-502A+
    Ted DasenMontgomerySouAA3B5-11175L-R24DET: 1977-20-495AAA
    Mark DeJohnEvansvilleAmerAAASS5-11170B-R25NYN: 1971-23-542MLB
    Keith DesjarlaisBristolAppRkP6-3200R-R19Not draftedAAA
    Roy DixonLakelandFSLA+SS-OF6-2175R-R22Not draftedA+
    Jon DriverBristolAppRkC6-2190R-R18DET: 1979-5-117Rk
    Taylor DuncanMontgomerySouAA3B6-0170R-R26ATL: 1971-1-10MLB
      EvansvilleAmerAAA3B                
    Steve DunnBristolAppRkP6-1185L-L20DET: 1979-19-481A+
    Todd ErvinMontgomerySouAA2B5-8160L-R23DET: 1978-17-428AA
    Mark FidrychDetroitALMLBP6-3175R-R24DET: 1974-10-232MLB
    Bruce FieldsBristolAppRkOF6-0185L-R18DET: 1978-7-168MLB
      LakelandFSLA+OF                
    Les FilkinsMontgomerySouAAOF5-11185L-L22DET: 1975-1-3AAA
    Keith FisherBristolAppRkC5-11195R-R17DET: 1979-2-39A+
    John FlynnLakelandFSLA+P6-2220R-R20DET: 1977-17-421A+
    Vern FollowellBristolAppRkSS5-11165B-R21DET: 1979-8-195AAA
      MontgomerySouAASS                
    Paul FoxBristolAppRkP6-3195R-R20DET: 1979-1-17Rk
    Venoy GarrisonMontgomerySouAAC6-0185R-R25DET: 1975-21-481AAA
    Bert GeigerLakelandFSLA+P6-2185R-R19DET: 1977-23-567AAA
      MontgomerySouAAP                
    Kirk GibsonEvansvilleAmerAAAOF6-3215L-L22DET: 1978-1-12MLB
      DetroitALMLBOF                
    Robert GlassMontgomerySouAA3B5-10180R-R25CLE: 1974-11-163AA
    Dan GonzalesEvansvilleAmerAAAOF6-1195L-R25DET: 1972-2-43MLB
      DetroitALMLBOF                
    PlayerTeamLeagueLevelPosHtWtB-TAgeBornPlaceDraft InfoHigh Level
    Jorge GonzalesLakelandFSLA+OF5-10167R-R21Not draftedAA
      MontgomerySouAAOF                
    James GoodLakelandFSLA+OF6-3195R-R20TEX: 1979-6-143A+
    Garry GraftonMontgomerySouAAP6-1185R-R23DET: 1976-6-108AAA
      EvansvilleAmerAAAP                
    Al GreeneEvansvilleAmerAAAOF5-11190L-R24Not draftedMLB
      DetroitALMLBOF                
    Glenn GulliverMontgomerySouAA3B5-11175L-R24DET: 1976-8-170MLB
      EvansvilleAmerAAA3B                
    Raphael HamptonMontgomerySouAAOF6-1175R-R21DET: 1977-1-5AAA
    William HardyBristolAppRkOF5-11181R-R21DET: 1979-25-630AA
    Randy HarveyBristolAppRkOF6-3203L-L18DET: 1979-3-65AA
    Ronald HarveyBristolAppRk3B5-11178R-R21Not draftedRk
    John HillerDetroitALMLBP6-0195R-L36Not draftedMLB
    Fred HoldsworthMontgomerySouAAP6-1190R-R27DET: 1970-21-507MLB
      EvansvilleAmerAAAP                
    Jeff JackowlakLakelandFSLA+P6-1190R-R19DET: 1977-2-31AA
      MontgomerySouAAP                
    Mel JacksonMontgomerySouAASS5-11159R-R25DET: 1974-4-88AA
    Joe JantonLakelandFSLA+P6-3185R-R23DET: 1977-19-471A+
    Craig JohnsonLakelandFSLA+OF6-4210R-R21DET: 1978-2-38AA
    Howard JohnsonLakelandFSLA+3B-SS5-11178B-R18DET: 1979-1-12MLB
    Lynn JonesDetroitALMLBOF5-9175R-R26CIN: 1974-10-239MLB
    Tim JustusBristolAppRkP5-10165R-R20Not draftedRk
    Steve KempDetroitALMLBOF6-0195L-L24DET: 1976-1-1MLB
    Jeff KenagaLakelandFSLA+OF6-0170L-R21DET: 1979-15-377AAA
    Bruce KimmEvansvilleAmerAAAC5-11175R-R28CHA: 1969-7-147MLB
    William KlankLakelandFSLA+P6-2185R-R20DET: 1978-1-26A+
    Michael KrillBristolAppRkP6-0170L-L22DET: 1979-21-532A-
    John LackeyLakelandFSLA+P5-11185R-R22DET: 1979-17-429AA
    Rick LeachLakelandFSLA+1B-OF6-0195L-L22DET: 1979-1-13MLB
    PlayerTeamLeagueLevelPosHtWtB-TAgeBornPlaceDraft InfoHigh Level
    Ron LeFloreDetroitALMLBOF6-0200R-R31Not draftedMLB
    Ron LindbergBristolAppRkOF5-10165R-R21DET: 1979-16-403A+
      LakelandFSLA+OF                
    Joe LisEvansvilleAmerAAA1B-OF6-0195R-R32Not draftedMLB
    Aurelio LopezDetroitALMLBP6-0220R-R30Not draftedMLB
    Frank LucyMontgomerySouAAC6-1195R-R24PHI: 1976-18-425AA
    Frank MacCormackMontgomerySouAAP6-4210R-R24Not draftedMLB
    Dave MachemerEvansvilleAmerAAA2B5-11180R-R28CAL: 1972-4-82MLB
      DetroitALMLB2B                
    Phil MankowskiDetroitALMLB3B6-0180L-R26DET: 1970-9-218MLB
    Jerry ManuelEvansvilleAmerAAA2B6-0165B-R25DET: 1972-1-20MLB
    John MartinMontgomerySouAAP6-0190B-L23DET: 1978-27-637MLB
      EvansvilleAmerAAAP                
    Ronald MartinezMontgomerySouAAOF5-10170R-R23DET: 1974-5-112AA
    Milt MayDetroitALMLBC6-0190L-R28PIT: 1968-11-237MLB
    Mark McKnightBristolAppRk2B6-2170R-R22DET: 1979-33-797Rk
    Jerry MoralesDetroitALMLBOF5-10175R-R30Not draftedMLB
    Jack MorrisDetroitALMLBP6-3200R-R24DET: 1976-5-98MLB
    John MorrisEvansvilleAmerAAAP6-5200R-R26MIL: 1975-15-341AAA
    Jay MyersMontgomerySouAAC6-2195R-R23Not draftedAA
    Charlie NailBristolAppRkP6-4210R-R17DET: 1979-7-169AAA
    Bob NandinLakelandFSLA+IF5-8170R-R22Not draftedAAA
      MontgomerySouAAIF                
    Randy NelsonLakelandFSLA+P6-0190R-R21DET: 1979-30-741A+
    Dan O'ConnorLakelandFSLA+OF6-3205R-R21DET: 1978-7-153A+
    Lance ParrishDetroitALMLBC6-3220R-R23DET: 1974-1-16MLB
    Larry PashnickLakelandFSLA+P6-3205R-R23Not draftedMLB
    Steven PatchinEvansvilleAmerAAAC6-1190R-R29LAN: 1971-1-20AAA
    Jerry PerryBristolAppRkP5-11185R-R22Not draftedAA
    PlayerTeamLeagueLevelPosHtWtB-TAgeBornPlaceDraft InfoHigh Level
    Rick PetersEvansvilleAmerAAAOF5-9170B-R23DET: 1977-7-161MLB
      DetroitALMLBOF                
    Dan PetryEvansvilleAmerAAAP6-4200R-R20DET: 1976-4-74MLB
      DetroitALMLBP                
    Michael PolviMontgomerySouAAP6-0185L-R23DET: 1978-30-684AA
    John PowerBristolAppRkP6-4210R-R21Not draftedRk
    Ed PutmanEvansvilleAmerAAAC-1B6-1190R-R25CHN: 1975-1-3MLB
      DetroitALMLBC-1B                
    Michael ReederBristolAppRkSS6-0175B-R21Not draftedA
    Kevin RichardsLakelandFSLA+P6-2178R-R21DET: 1977-1-5AA
    Bruce RobbinsLakelandFSLA+P6-1190L-L19DET: 1977-14-343MLB
      MontgomerySouAAP                
      DetroitALMLBP                
    Ell RobersonBristolAppRkOF6-0182R-R20DET: 1979-3-48A+
      LakelandFSLA+OF                
    Aurelio RodriguezDetroitALMLB3B5-10180R-R31Not draftedMLB
    Dave RozemaDetroitALMLBP6-4200R-R22DET: 1975-4-71MLB
    Dave RuckerMontgomerySouAAP6-1190L-L21DET: 1978-16-402MLB
      EvansvilleAmerAAAP                
    Bobby SagersLakelandFSLA+IF-OF5-10176L-R22MON: 1977-2-26A+
    Luis SanchezBristolAppRkP6-0175R-R17DET: 1979-4-91A+
    Michael SchoellerLakelandFSLA+C-1B5-11175L-L22DET: 1979-9-221AA
    Ken SheaLakelandFSLA+P6-1190R-R21Not draftedAAA
      MontgomerySouAAP                
      EvansvilleAmerAAAP                
    James SimerlyLakelandFSLA+P6-1185R-R22DET: 1978-10-246AA
    Jack SmithLakelandFSLA+P6-4190R-R20DET: 1978-12-298AA
      MontgomerySouAAP                
    Rusty StaubDetroitALMLBOF-1B6-2200L-R35Not draftedMLB
    Michael SteeleBristolAppRkC6-10R-R20Not draftedA+
      LakelandFSLA+C                
    Dave SteffenMontgomerySouAAP6-3220R-R20DET: 1977-6-135AAA
      EvansvilleAmerAAAP                
    Dave StegmanEvansvilleAmerAAAOF5-11190R-R25ATL: 1976-2-34MLB
      DetroitALMLBOF                
    Champ SummersDetroitALMLBOF6-2205L-R33Not draftedMLB
    Bruce TaylorEvansvilleAmerAAAP6-0178R-R26UDFAMLB
      DetroitALMLBP                
    Jason ThompsonDetroitALMLB1B6-3210L-L24DET: 1975-4-75MLB
    PlayerTeamLeagueLevelPosHtWtB-TAgeBornPlaceDraft InfoHigh Level
    Art ToalLakelandFSLA+2B-SS6-2183R-R22DET: 1978-11-272AA
    Dave TobikEvansvilleAmerAAAP6-1195R-R26DET: 1975-1-2MLB
      DetroitALMLBP                
    Alan TrammellDetroitALMLBSS6-0175R-R21DET: 1976-2-26MLB
    Ralph TreuelEvansvilleAmerAAAP6-4200R-R24Not draftedAAA
    Wilson TuckerBristolAppRkOF5-10185L-R22DET: 1979-32-779A+
      LakelandFSLA+OF                
    Jerry UjdurMontgomerySouAAP6-1195R-R22DET: 1978-4-90MLB
    Pat UnderwoodEvansvilleAmerAAAP6-0175L-L22DET: 1976-1-2MLB
      DetroitALMLBP                
    John UpshawLakelandFSLA+C6-1195R-R22DET: 1977-9-213AA
      MontgomerySouAAC                
    Scott VaughnBristolAppRkP6-2180R-R18DET: 1979-28-699Rk
    Steve ViefhausMontgomerySouAASS6-3195R-R23DET: 1974-3-64AAA
    Robert VorisekBristolAppRkP6-3210L-L22Not draftedA+
    Mark WagnerDetroitALMLBSS6-1175R-R25DET: 1972-19-452MLB
    Mike WarrenBristolAppRkP6-1175R-R18DET: 1979-12-299MLB
    Henry WashingtonBristolAppRkIF5-10150R-R22Not draftedRk
    Roger WeaverEvansvilleAmerAAAP6-3190R-R24DET: 1976-16-362MLB
    James WheelerBristolAppRkP6-2195R-R22Not draftedA+
      LakelandFSLA+P                
    Lou WhitakerDetroitALMLB2B5-11160L-R22DET: 1975-5-99MLB
    Bob WilberLakelandFSLA+OF-1B6-2175R-R23Not draftedA+
    Milt WilcoxDetroitALMLBP6-2185R-R29CIN: 1968-2-33MLB
    Clifton WilderLakelandFSLA+OF5-11180R-R20DET: 1977-13-317A+
    Waldo WinbornBristolAppRkOF6-5200R-R23MON: 1974-39-683A+
      LakelandFSLA+OF                
    John WockenfussDetroitALMLBC-1B6-0190R-R30WS2: 1967-42-761MLB
    Mike WrightLakelandFSLA+C6-4210R-R22DET: 1978-9-220A+
    Kip YoungEvansvilleAmerAAAP5-11175R-R24DET: 1976-23-529MLB
      DetroitALMLBP                


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