Team 71: The 1930 Tigers

Blake VandeBunteContributor IJanuary 9, 2010
  • Year: 1930
  • Record: 75-79
  • Win Percentage: .487
  • Win Percentage Change: plus-32
  • Run Differential: minus-50
  • Pythagorean Record: 73-81
  • AL Finish: Fifth of eight
  • Manager: Bucky Harris
  • Best Transaction: Sadly, nothing to speak of.
  • Worst Transaction: Sold Harry Heilmann to the Reds.  Heilmann spent 15 years with the Tigers and sadly ended his career in another uniform.  He spent only two years with the Reds (only one of them good), but still, it would have been nice to see him play his entire career with the Tigers.  In 1930, while with the Reds, a 35-year-old Heilmann hit .333 with 19 homers.
  • Upper: Right side of the infield.  Dale Alexander and Charlie Gehringer (1B and 2B, respectively) each had monster seasons at the plate in 1930.  Alexander led the club with 135 RBI (10th best total in Tigers history) and hit 20 homers while batting .326.  Gehringer, the Hall of Famer, hit .330 with 201 hits and 144 runs scored (second best total in Tigers history).  Gehringer and Alexander each played in every game as well.
  • Downer: The rest of the offense.  Aside from Alexander and Gehringer, the rest of the Tigers offense struggled in 1930.  The group featured the performances of Mark Koenig (OPS+ of 50) and Billy Rogell (OPS+ of 20).  Marty McManus and John Stone each had decent seasons at the plate, but almost no one else on the roster could be considered league-average.
  • Summary:  The Tigers got a couple of decent performances from members of their rotation.  Earl Whitehill went 17-13 and Vic Sorrell went 16-11, both pitchers had ERA+ numbers better than 110.  The club got off to a sluggish start and were never really in contention. Heading into July, the Tigers record was 29-41 and they were out of contention.  However, the team was good at home, posting a 45-33 record and ranking third in the American League in attendance.  The Tigers were even worse the following season, but Gehringer remained on the roster as the Tigers won 100 games just a few seasons later.