Here are little nuggets and factoids as we head into the World Series:
- The last time the Detroit Tigers won the World Series, it was 1984, when they defeated the Padres in five games. On that Padres team: Bruce Bochy, now the manager of the San Francisco Giants. In fact, the last player to get a hit in that series was Bochy, who singled in the top of the ninth inning in Game 5.
- With this World Series, the Giants have faced every member of the American League’s Original Eight with the exception of the Browns/Orioles.
- Not many players from the 2006 Tigers and 2010 Giants are still on their teams. Only Justin Verlander, Omar Infante and Ramon Santiago were on the 2006 Tigers, and the only regular position players from the 2010 Giants who still are on the team are Buster Posey, Aubrey Huff and Pablo Sandoval (and Sandoval wasn’t even on the postseason roster in 2010), although there are still plenty of pitchers left from 2010.
- Barry Zito is a career 8-6, 2.91 ERA pitcher against the Detroit Tigers.
- Prince Fielder is a career .274 hitter with 5 HR against the San Francisco Giants.
- Notable players who have had significant time with both franchises: Darrell Evans, Larry Herndon and Harvey Kuenn.
- The “Ex-Cub Factor” is sometimes said to be able to predict the winner of the World Series, by saying that the team with more ex-Cubs will lose. In this case, the Tigers will win, as they have no players who had an official appearance with the Cubs. The Giants, meanwhile, have two ex-Cubs (Xavier Nady and Angel Pagan).
- Not like it matters, but in all-time interleague match-ups, the Giants have won 7 of the 12 meetings.
And now you know.