The Detroit Tigers have rarely had entire decades quite as futile as the 1990’s. A look at the best to come out of a bad decade of baseball in the Motor City.
The Detroit Tigers, like most professional baseball teams, are defined by eras. The Ty Cobb era led into the Charlie Gehringer and Hank Greenberg era. The 40’s saw the team win a championship. The 1960’s brought a championship and the rise of Al Kaline, one of the greatest Tigers of all-time. The 1970’s started off strong and began to fade, although the team was led by a cast of miscreants. The 1980’s of course brought Jack Morris, Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker into the limelight, as well as the teams last World Series ring in 1984.
The 1990’s are not remembered with much fondness by Tigers fans, and for good reason. The Tigers went an ugly 702-852 from 1990-1999. They had two seasons (1991 and 1993) with a record above .500. The culmination of the 1990’s teams led to Detroit’s record breaking 2003 season, when they lost 119 games.
However, even the worst decades still have talented players. The 1990’s saw a mix of veteran players left over from the iconic 1984 team, as well as new players that went on to make a name for themselves in the Motor City.
With the Tigers entering a rebuild, we thought it was time to examine a decade that had a fare share of hard to watch baseball. While I believe the Tigers current rebuild will be a short one, it could result in a few bad seasons. Still, there is talent on this roster just like there was talent on the Tigers in the 1990’s.
Here is the all-time 25-man roster compiled of players from the 1990’s. Note: only the statistics the player compiled during the 1990’s will count toward their spot on this roster.