The Detroit Tigers’ 3-1 loss to Oakland on Sunday was a milestone, as it locked in 100 losses for the first time since 2003 — when the team set an AL record with 119 losses — and for the seventh time in franchise history.
Man, it seems like just yesterday the Tigers were 1-0 after an extra-inning win in Toronto, and tied for first in the AL Central, to boot. But, no, that was March 28. Since then we’ve gone 164 days (as of Sept. 9), with just 42 wins to those 100 losses. They came slowly at first: Two losses in March, 12 in April. And then, the floodgates opened: 19 losses in May, 20 each in June and July and 21 in August, then, finally, six more in eight September games to hit the 100 mark.
It’s the second-earliest 100 losses in franchise history, behind only — you guessed it — the 2003 squad’s Aug. 31 clincher. Of course, not all losses are created equal. In that spirit, the Freep looked back at all 100 Tigers losses this season and ranked them incredibly subjectively from 1 to 100, with No. 1 being the most painful and No. 100 being the most acceptable, at least as we see it.