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A Look At The Tigers 20 Homeruns

This probably won’t come as a suprise to a lot of people, but I have a hard time doing much more then medium level tasks on a computer.  I’m good at doing what I know (namely excel), but things like downloading the retrosheet game logs and parsing through them is a pretty difficult task for me.  Now I’m happy to know that I can cheat.  For a small fee, Baseball Reference now offers a service called the Play Index that basically allows me to do what I would normally need retrosheet data for but without all the front end work.

So I ran a report on the Tigers 20 homeruns so far this year and received a ton of feedback.  Like of the Tigers five opponents, eight of the homeruns have come against the Royals.  Sixteen have come against right handed pitchers and 14 of them were hit by right handed batters.  11 of the twelve homeruns went out to either left field or left center and the Tigers have hit as least one homerun in every inning in their games.  They’ve hit eight homeruns with the game tied and nine of the twenty came with no outs.  And the sixth spot in the lineup has produced more then any other spot with five.

Most of this means nothing, but as someone who likes looking at the stats on the back of baseball cards, this is pretty cool stuff.  And it’ll be a little more meaningful as the season rolls on so I’m hoping to incorporate more of this kind of analysis into my writing. 

And here’s a trivia question you can guess at.  Since 1957 (which encompasses the data made available by Retrosheet), which Tiger has the longest hitting streak (and for extra credit, how long was it and what year).  I’ll give you a hint by saying that this Tiger also has the second longest hitting streak as well. 

LeVar Burton?

Just Kidding…

Posted by chris on April 26th, 2007 at 11:18 am

Ha, it’s actually someone I wouldn’t have thought of, although I wasn’t surprised when I saw it. I know that’s not much of a hint…..

Posted by Brian on April 26th, 2007 at 11:25 am

How about the guy who played Levar Burton in “The Levar Burton Story”- Ron LaFlore. It’s just a wild guess, but he was my 1st thought. Here’s my alternate wild guess – Norm Cash.

Posted by Doug Purdie on April 26th, 2007 at 12:58 pm

Wasn’t it Ron LeFlore in ;78?

Posted by David on April 26th, 2007 at 1:28 pm

It is LeFlore. He got a hit in his final game in 1975 then hit in his first 30 in 1976 for a 31 game hitting streak. He also has the second longest with a 27 game streak in 1978. Tied for fifth is Magglio Ordonez, with a 20 game hitting streak in 2005.

And just because it’s easy, Frank Bolling in 1960 had at least two hits in seven consecutive games to lead the franchise. And Willie Horton had a streak of four consecutive games in 1965 when he had at least three hits.

And then when you factor in walks, Tony Phillips had a 52 game streak in 1993 where he reached base and right before that one started, he had a 48 game streak so he reached base safely in 100 out of 101 games. That was the season he walked a 132 times.

Posted by Brian on April 26th, 2007 at 2:11 pm


thanks for the plug of the Play Index. If you use the “Share” button that will give you a link that you can use in your articles, so the readers can see the reports you create.

Posted by Sean Forman on April 26th, 2007 at 4:18 pm

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