History of the Tigers: 1971-1980

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Welcome back to another post, today is another installment in the History of the Tiger series, where we look back on the Detroit Tigers history. This post will be focused on the years 1971-1980. To stay updated on future posts, make sure to like my facebook page here and follow my Twitter here. You can join my Discord here. And you can view the rest of the posts for this series here. Thanks!

1971-1973: New Managers and Winning Success

In 1971, the Tigers finished second in the three-year-old Eastern Division. They hired new manager Billy Martin, and finished  20 games over .500 but still 10 games back of first place. Norm Cash hit .283 with 32 homers and 91 RBI, while Mickey Lolich won 25 games and had a 2.92 ERA but did not win the Cy Young.

The next year, the Tigers won the Eastern Division but lost 3 games to 2 in a best of 5 AL Championship Series against the Oakland A’s. Al Kaline hit 10 homers and drove in 32 runs with a .313 average, and Mickey Lolich finished with a 22-14 record and a 2.50 ERA.

In 1973, the Tigers went 85-77, but they fired Billy Martin as manager on August 30 and Joe Schultz became their manager. Willie Horton hit .316 with 17 homers and 53 RBI, and Joe Coleman went 23-15 with a 3.53 ERA.

1974-1977: Losing Seasons Every Year

After the 1973 season, the Tigers hired Ralph Houk as their new manager. He didn’t seem to have much success, because the Tigers finished last in the AL East, 19 games behind the Baltimore Orioles. Bill Freehan hit .297 with 18 home runs and 60 RBI. John Hiller led the pitching staff with 17-14 record and 2.64 ERA. October 2nd, 1974 was the last game that Al Kaline played. He finished his career with 3007 hits and 399 home runs.

In 1975, the Tigers kept Ralph Houk as their manager, and then had their 5th worst season in team history, with a record of 57-102. They finished 37.5 games back of first place in the AL East. Willie Horton led the team in hitting with a .275 average, 25 home runs, and 92 RBI. Mickey Lolichw as the Tigers best pitcher with a 12-18 record and 3.78 ERA.

The Tigers once again had Ralph Houk as their manager for the 1976 season, and the Tigers definitely improved, as they had a 74-87 record. Rusty Staub led the team in hitting with a .299 average, 15 home runs, and 96 RBI, while Mark Fydrich was the Tigers best pitcher with a 19-9 record and 2.34 ERA.

In 1977, the Tigers were 74-88, which was pretty much the same as the 1976 season. Rusty Staub once again led the team in hitting with a .278 average, 22 home runs, and 101 RBI. And Dave Rozema led the pitching staff with a 15-7 record and 3.09 ERA.

1978-1980 Finally Winning and Sparky Arrives

In 1978, the Tigers finally had a winning record, finishing 86-76. But they still finished 5th in the AL East because the Yankees, Brewers, Red Sox, and Orioles all won 90 games. Rusty Staub was once again their best hitter with .273 average, 24 home runs, and 121 RBI. And Jack Billingham led the pitching with a 15-8 record and 3.88 ERA.

In 1979, Les Moss became the manager of the Tigers and started 27-26. He was not fired for being a bad manager, but because manager Sparky Anderson became available, and the Tigers wanted to hire him. Dick Tracewski managed 4 games until Anderson’s arrival. The Tigers ended up finishing the season 85-76. Steve Kemp was their top hitter with a .318 average, 26 homers, and 105 RBI, while Jack Morris led the pitching with a 17-7 record and 3.28 ERA.

In the final season of this post, the Tigers finished 84-78, and 4th in the AL East. Steve Kemp led the team in hitting with a .293 average, 21 home runs, and 101 RBI, while Aurelio Lopez led the pitching with a 13-6 record and 3.77 ERA.

I hope you enjoyed this post in the History of the Tigers series and I look forward to making the last couple of posts in this series soon!

MLB The Show 18 Wishlist

MLB The Show 18 will be the next installment in the MLB The Show series. It will be released on March 27, 2018, for the PS4. Today we are going to be looking at some of the things I want to see in the next MLB game. Make sure to like my facebook here and follow my Twitter here. Thank you.

Stadium Builder

In some games, the littlest things can be what makes them good. This is often the case for sports games. In NBA2k, you can create a stadium with community uploads on the court, change the seats, and put text on your court. This would be a great thing for MLB to add to Diamond Dynasty, where you can customize both the stadium’s seats and sights, and the field. They could also add a community upload system so you can put images on your field and jerseys.

FIxed Gameplay

One of the reasons MLB The Show gets stale to play and boring within little time playing is because of the glitches and scripting in gameplay. Whether its a dropped fly ball, a missed grounder, or the catcher missing the ball, there are plenty of ways that you can blow a game without doing anything wrong. Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) needs to rethink some of their animations and mechanics, even though they did a lot of rethinking to these things last year. The game will be so much more enjoyable if the animations are fair and smooth.

More Pack Choice In the Store

MLB The Show 17 has not offered many different packs that you can buy all the time. While they have some packs that are released and available for a limited time, they only have one pack that is permanently in the store, which is the standard pack and is not very good, usually giving you nothing better than a silver (80-84) player. If there were more expensive packs always around in the store that gave better items, I would consider opening more packs. Another idea would be guaranteed packs, like packs that guarantee a gold player, or special series like a flashback. Even if these packs cost more stubs, they would make opening packs more worth it.

Pack Rewards

Something to go with the idea of more packs is a system that would reward you based on the number of packs you open. Whether you get rewarded by reaching a certain number of opened packs, or monthly rewards with different tiers, this would be a great thing to add that would once again make opening packs more worth the while.

3 Inning Ranked Seasons

And finally, shorter Ranked Seasons games. Ranked Seasons was the new mode in MLB The Show 17 where you played 9 inning games and your rating went up or down based on if you won or lost, and got rewards based on your rating at the end of each season. But the 9 inning games drag sometimes, so 3 inning games would make the games more interesting and make every play crucial.

Thank you for reading this article and if you enjoyed, stay tuned for more news about MLB The Show, other video games, and sports news.

Are the Pistons for Real? And Other NBA Surprises This Season

The NBA season has been on since October 17, and already there have been some surprises. From the Pistons at one point being 14-6 and second in the Eastern Conference, beating teams like the Celtics, to Golden State losing to the Kings (yes you read that right), to Lonzo Ball being among the worst in field goal percentage through the start of their career in NBA history.

Later this week/weekend there will be a post about Detroit City F.C. and why the MLS does not appeal to me or many people who support DCFC, the team that plays in the NPSL and will be very angry if Detroit gets an MLS team. To stay updated on posts, like my facebook here and follow my twitter here. Thank you.

James Harden is This Year’s Russell Westbrook

Last year, Russell Westbrook took a team to the playoffs that for the first time in his career didn’t have Kevin Durant, and averaged a triple-double per game, the first person to do that since Oscar Robinson. Harden isn’t averaging a triple-double, but he is leading the league in PPG with 32, and assists per game with 9.8. However, Westbrook led the Thunder to 6th in the Western Conference in the regular season last year. Harden has his team in first place. This could be due to the fact that the Rockets have CP3, who is another superstar. The Thunder didn’t have any better than average players beside Westbrook.

Lonzo Ball’s Historically Low Field Goal %, And His Dad’s Crazy Caims

Lonzo Ball may have 2 triple doubles and be playing better than critics expected, but you can’t ignore the fact that he is only shooting 31%, and 25% on 3 pointers. Not only that, Lavar is wrong but won’t admit it. It is too hard to talk about the Balls without mentioning him so here are some of the things he has said his son would do.

“Put Steph Curry on UCLA and put my boy on Golden State and watch what happens.” As much as I hate the Warriors and their players, I have to say that if this happened, the Warriors might not win a title, and UCLA may have made it to the Final Four. Lonzo Ball is not as good as Steph Curry and that’s true whether you like or dislike either of them.

“It’s already a done deal. I got the trophy already.” That is what Lavar said about whether Lonzo would win Rookie of the Year this year. Well, Jayson Tatum is playing well better than Lonzo is right now, so I wouldn’t count on it.

The Pistons Are in 4th

Even though they were in 2nd place earlier in the season, they have now dropped behind Cleveland and Toronto. But as long as they stay where they are now, they will have homecourt advantage in the playoffs for the first round. One of the key reasons why the Pistons are doing better than last season is Andre Drummound’s free thow percentage. He is shooting 62% from the line, compared to just 38% last year. Another reason why is Avery Bradley. He is averaging 15 PPG, where KCP was averaging 13 PPG last year. Obviously KCP is gone, but the Pistons found a good replacement for him.

Warriors Not as Hot?

And finally, the Warriors aren’t playing as well as last year. They are behind the Rockets in the Western Conference standings, and Steph Curry is out with a right ankle injury. He will be re evaluated in 2 weeks. There is nothing to worry about if you are a Warriors fan, I just wanted to point out that they are not playing as well as last year.

Thank you for reading this article about the NBA season so far and if you enjoyed, stay tuned for more posts about the NBA and other sports. Do you want me to continue the History of the Tigers series? Comment on Facebook or Twitter if i should.