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Lance Parrish

Lance Michael Parrish
Big Wheel
Born: 6/15/1956 in Clairton, PA USA
Bats: R   Throws: R
Height: 6.2   Weight: 210 lb.
Lance Parrish of the Detroit Tigers
Tiger Years
1977 — 1986

1984 World Series Champion
Detroit Tigers jersey #13

PRIMARY POSITION

C

All-Time
Tigers Ranking

#27   Jim Bunning
#28   Lance Parrish
#29   Frank Lary
All rankings

Player Bio | Stats

For much of the 1980s, Lance Parrish was the best power-hitting catcher in baseball. While Carlton Fisk was a better receiver, and Gary Carter a better overall hitter and player, Parrish had raw power from the right side of the plate. He eventually hit 299 homers as a catcher, the third most by a player at the position.

Parrish was an average defensive catcher when he first came into the big leagues, but he worked hard to perform better behind the plate. He always had a very strong throwing arm, and in the 1982 All-Star Game he threw out three National League runners who tried to steal against him, setting a record. He won three Gold Glove Awards, and even managed to defy the odds and catch regularly into his late 30s, even though he was tall and very muscular, traits that many experts thought would cause him to break down in his early 30s.

By far his best seasons came as a member of the Detroit Tigers, the organization with whom he was drafted. He was the cleanup hitter on the 1984 World Series Championship Tiger club, belting 33 homers and driving in 98 runs. He blasted a homer in the Game Five clincher at Tiger Stadium against the San Diego Padres. He was a sic-time All-Star for the Tigers before leaving after the '86 season as a free agent. Though he earned All-Star selections for both the Philadelphia Phillies and California Angels, Parrish never again was the impact player he'd been in Motown. In ten years as a Tiger, "Big Wheel" hit 212 homers and drove in 700 runs.

Career Record

YearTeam LgGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOAVGOBPSLGGDPHBPSHSFIBB
1977DETAL12461092037005120.1960.2750.43520000
1978DETAL85288376311314410011710.2190.2540.42483110
1979DETAL14349365136263196567491050.2760.3430.456152312
1980DETAL14455379158346248264311090.2860.3250.499243233
1981DETAL96348398518210462334520.2440.3110.394160116
1982DETAL1334867513819232873440990.2840.3380.52951025
1983DETAL155605801634232711413441060.2690.3140.4832110137
1984DETAL14757875137162339823411200.2370.2870.443122266
1985DETAL1405496415027128982641900.2730.3230.479102355
1986DETAL9132753846122620038830.2570.3400.48335133
1987PHINL13046642114210176701471040.2450.3130.399231132
1988PHINL123424449117215600047930.2150.2930.370112057
1989CALAL12443348103121175011421040.2380.3060.388102146
1990CALAL13347054126140247022461070.2680.3380.451125024
1991CALAL1194023887120195101351170.2160.2850.38875032
1992CALAL248371920411005220.2290.2700.39810111
1992SEAAL6919219451118211119480.2340.3040.42761022
1993CLEAL102024101210450.2000.3330.40020000
1994PITNL401261034503161118280.2700.3630.38151111
1995TORAL701781536904220015520.2020.2650.32041620

Totals198870678561782305273241070283761215270.2520.3130.44019737235862
Per 1621625767014525226872350124163255
DET1146427357711232012321270022303348470.2630.3170.46911619133537

Postseason Batting Record

YearRound TeamLgGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOAVGOBPSLGGDPHBPSHSFIBB
1984ALCSDETAL31213101300030.2500.2310.58300010
1984WSDETAL51835101210320.2780.3640.50000010

Totals83048202510350.2670.3140.53300020

Hall of Fame Voting

YearBallotCategoryVotesPCT
2001BBWAAPlayer91.7
75% needed for election by the BBWAA