According to reports, the Detroit Tigers have revealed their new p.a. announcer for the 2019 season.
Jay Allen, who the team said is from the Grand Rapids area, has been selected to replace longtime public address man Bobb Vergiels, who retired after last season.
The team said Allen has experience in minor-league baseball, arena football, special events and a variety of high school sports.
10 Detroit Tigers ‘Unbreakable’ Single-Season Records
It all began for the Detroit Tigers on April 25, 1901, when they scored 10 runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 14-13 in front of 10,023 fans at Bennett Park in Detroit. Since that day, the Detroit franchise has entered the hearts of countless Tiger fans across the nation. They have won four World Series titles and provided us with a plethora of great moments that can never be taken away.
Throughout the storied history of the Tigers, there have been some absolutely amazing regular season performances that have stood the test of time. Though it was difficult to narrow it down, and there are certainly more achievements that could have made the cut, here is a list of 10 Detroit Tigers single-season records that will never be broken.
.420 Batting Average – Ty Cobb (1911)
When it comes to hitting, there was nobody in the history of the game better than the great Ty Cobb. Not only does he have the best career batting average of all time (.366) but in 1911, Cobb put together one of the best hitting seasons in Major League Baseball History when he batted a whopping .420 over 146 games. During the 1911 season, Cobb led the league in hits, runs, doubles, triples, RBIs, stolen bases, slugging, OPS, and total bases. It was no surprise whatsoever when he was named Most Valuable Player when all was said and done. Let’s face it, folks, .420 is an average that will never be seen again in Major League Baseball.
26 Triples – Sam Crawford (1914)
In 1914, Tigers outfielder Sam Crawford set a team record that has already lasted for over 100 years, and in my opinion, will be a very difficult record to break. With 26 three-baggers during that campaign, Crawford posted what is the ninth most single-season triples in Major League Baseball history. Over his career, he racked up a total of 249 triples which places him behind only Ty Cobb (286) in team history. Even at the spacious Comerica Park in Detroit, it is highly unlikely a Tigers’ player will ever pass Crawford’s 26 triples in a season, though Curtis Granderson made a run at the team record with 23 triples in 2007.
183* Runs Batted In – Hank Greenberg (1937)
‘Hammerin’ Hank Greenberg is without a doubt one of the greatest baseball players ever to wear the Old English ‘D’ in the Motor City. Greenberg had some amazing seasons with the Tigers and in 1937 he set a team-record that will likely stand forever when he drove in 183* runs. Not only does that number rank at top of the Detroit leaderboard but it ranks No. 3 all-time behind Hack Wilson (191 in 1930) and Lou Gehrig (184 in 1931). Also, keep in mind that Greenberg achieved that feat in only 154 games. Good luck reaching this one, future Tigers
*MLB.com has Greenberg at 183 RBIs in 1937 while Baseball Reference has him at 184.
96 Stolen Bases – Ty Cobb (1915)
Though this single-season record only ranks No. 26 on the MLB all-time list, 96 stolen bases by Ty Cobb in 1915 is a record that will last for a very long time moving forward. In his career, Cobb ranks No. 4 all-time with 892 swipes but totals like that are most likely a thing of the past as fewer and fewer players are racking up big stolen base numbers. In fact, the last time a player eclipsed 80 stolen bases in a single season was in 1988 when the great Rickey Henderson stole 93. In order for Cobb’s record to fall, the game of baseball would really have to change.
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