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.
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SP Mickey Lolich, 61.4 fWAR

Again, there's a lot of Tigers pitchers that come to mind, but Lolich has the higest WAR. Obviously it was a different era, but Lolich was a horse. His innings pitched went up as his career went on, including a whopping 376 IP in 1971. That's just crazy.

It's kind of hard to believe Lolich never won a Cy Young. He finished in the top three in 1971 and 1972. He lost the award to Vida Blue in '71.

The thing is probably known for most was starting and winning three games in the 1968 World Series, including Game 7. All three were complete games, something that no other pitcher has ever done. As one could imagine, he was the World Series MVP because of his performance.

Overall, this is one heck of an all-time lineup. The Tigers could hold up pretty well against some of the best teams ever. Cobb, Gehringer, Kaline, Greenberg, and Miggy in the same lineup, 1-5? Oof. It would be incredibly difficult to pitch to this team.

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