The Detroit Tigers’ historic run of home-field futility is over.
Not even the 2003 team was this bad.
The Tigers tied a MLB record with their 59th home loss of the season on Thursday, when they fell, 10-4, to the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. The loss matched the futility of the 1939 St. Louis Browns, who finished 18-59 in four fewer home games, and it was one loss worse than the 2003 Tigers, the losingest team in American League history.
The Tigers moved into fifth place in AL history with 112 losses this season, and could surge as high as third on the all-time AL list if they get swept in a four-game series at the Chicago White Sox this weekend.
The Tigers, you might recall, set the AL record with 119 losses in 2003. And while this season’s misery index didn’t quite reach those levels, it was undoubtedly worse at home.
The Tigers finished their home slate with a minus-221 run differential, the worst in AL history (the 1954 Philadelphia Athletics finished at minus-207, in four fewer games). By comparison, the 2003 Tigers had a more respectable minus-162 differential at home.
So, what’s it all mean?
Well, the Tigers have locked up the No. 1 overall pick for the 2020 MLB draft. And we know general manager Al Avila and manager Ron Gardenhire will be around to make the pick in June.
Avila signed a multi-year contract extension in July and said Sept. 13 the 61-year-old Gardenhire will return next season.
Gardenhire is 110-210 in two seasons as Tigers manager.
Chris Thomas is the sports editor at the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @bychristhomas.
Published at Thu, 26 Sep 2019 23:40:21 +0000