Odds on Next Detroit Tigers Retired Number

Odds on Next Detroit Tigers Retired Number
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It’s been a lost decade of Detroit Tigers baseball. The Tigers are mired in a nine-year postseason drought and last posted a winning record in 2016.

In relation to Michigan sports betting, however, there is buzz off the diamond, thanks to the Tigers’ free agent signings of veteran starting pitchers like Kenta Maeda, Shelby Miller and Jack Flaherty, along with a series of other lower tier moves.

There’s also the ongoing debate surrounding which franchise legend will be the next to have his  number retired by the Tigers’ front office, joining last year’s honoree, Lou Whitaker.  

In total, 10 numbers have been retired by the Tigers between Al Kaline in 1980 and Whitaker a year ago. That list includes franchise icons such as Hank Greenberg, Charlie Gehringer and Hal Newhouser, to go with the MLB retirement of Jackie Robinson’s iconic No. 42.

With all that in mind, BetMichigan.com – your source for Michigan sportsbook promos - broke down the odds for which Tigers player could wind up having his number retired next, with a pair of recent Detroit stars leading the way.

Next Detroit Tigers Retired Number Odds

These are hypothetical odds from BetMichigan.com you won’t find on any of the fine Michigan sports betting apps

NumberPlayerPct. ChanceOdds
24Miguel Cabrera94.6%-1750
35Justin Verlander4.7%+2000
25Norm Cash0.2%+50000
29Mickey Lolich0.1%+100000
29Riley Greene0.1%+100000
Other0.1%+100000

 

Detroit Tigers Retired Numbers

  • 1 Lou Whitaker (Retired August 6th, 2022) 
  • 2 Charlie Gehringer (Retired June 12th, 1983) 
  • 3 Alan Trammell (Retired August 26th, 2018) 
  • 5 Hank Greenberg (Retired June 12th, 1983) 
  • 6 Al Kaline (Retired August 17th, 1980) 
  • 11 George “Sparky” Anderson (Retired June 26th, 2011) 
  • 16 Hal Newhouser (Retired July 27th, 1997) 
  • 23 Willie Horton (Retired July 15th, 2000) 
  • 42 Jackie Robinson (Retired throughout MLB in 1997) 
  • 47 Jack Morris (Retired August 12th, 2018)

Who Could Be Next Tiger Honored?

The overwhelming favorite to have his number retired next is Hall of Fame lock Miguel Cabrera. His No. 24 surely will go into the franchise’s rafters as soon as possible.

The 12-time All-Star and two-time AL MVP has the best odds of being the next Tiger to have his number retired, at -1750. That is due to a career in which the Venezuelan infielder smacked 511 home runs and collected 3,174 hits across a 20-year playing career.

Cabrera also benefits from being the only member near the top of the franchise’s list who is currently retired. Former Tiger Justin Verlander continues chucking heaters for the Houston Astros and the rest are a young current player or retirees who have much lower odds of ever having their chosen number enshrined by the club.

Verlander is the other recent Tiger to keep an eye on, as the 40-year-old won the first of his three AL Cy Young awards with the franchise in 2011. He won 183 games across 13 seasons with the franchise. The veteran righthander has the second-best odds of any current or former Tiger at +2000.

Rounding out the list are old-timers Norm Cash and Mickey Lolich, who are listed at +50000 and +100000, and young outfielder Riley Greene (also +100000).

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Christopher Boan is a staff writer for BetMichigan.com. He has covered sports and sports betting for more than seven years and has worked for publications such as ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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