Detroit Tigers all-time best starting lineup based on WAR

Here's what the Detroit Tigers starting lineup would look like based on the highest WAR at each position.
St. Louis Cardinals  v Detroit Tigers
St. Louis Cardinals v Detroit Tigers / Dave Reginek/GettyImages
1 of 10

The Detroit Tigers have had a lot of great players over the years. Even though there hasn't been a whole lot of winning over the past 30 years, there have been several great players in Detroit through the team's history.

The Tigers have been around since 1901, so there's bound to be some good players to come through. The question is, who is the best at each position?

Using wins above replacement, more commonly known as WAR, we can figure that out. WAR combines a bunch of different numbers and metrics to determine a player's overall value. Different websites and publications have different ways to calculate WAR, but we're going to use Fangraphs today because it is generally considered more accurate.

Using Fangraphs WAR, or fWAR, we have gathered what the Tigers' all-time best starting lineup would be. These are some of the best players that have ever played for the franchise. We gathered all nine positions, including a starting pitcher and a designated hitter.

Without further ado, let's get things started with the leadoff hitter, and he's a doozy.

1. Ty Cobb, CF, 143.2 fWAR

No sugarcoating here. Cobb is one of the best players of all-time. His speed and contact ability were second to none. It makes him the perfect leadoff hitter.

A career .368 hitter with over 4,000 hits, Cobb was one of the best hitters ever. He played for the Tigers for over 20 seasons. He won an MVP in 1911 with a .411 average and 83 stolen bases.

He led the league in hits in eight different seasons. We could go on and on about him, but chances are you are well aware of Cobb and his acolades. Let's move on to the two-hole hitter.