Gardenhire: Tigers can't grow as a team until strikeout epidemic is vanquished

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Gardenhire: Tigers can't grow as a team until strikeout epidemic is vanquished
Gardenhire: Tigers can't grow as a team until strikeout epidemic is vanquished

Bob Wojnowski, Lynn Henning and Chris McCosky wrap up the season for the 2018 Detroit Tigers. Detroit – Let's call it what it is, OK. It's an organization-wide epidemic. (It's a baseball-wide epidemic, as well, but let's keep the focus local for now.) The strikeout. It's the most useless result a hitter can achieve, and the Tigers continue to amass record amounts of those useless results annually. Tigers hitters struck out 1,341 times – a rate of 22.2 percent. They averaged 8.28 strikeouts per game. It's the fourth straight year they set a new franchise strikeout record. “Good hitters on good teams, they shorten their swings with two strikes and put the ball in play in big situations,” Tigers

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