I need to thank Colin Wyers at The Hardball Times for writing Databases for sabermetricians, Part One. He has introduced me to databases and SQL. I should probably understand this better so I can know how data is pulled from our College’s databases.
Using queries I researched the top paid players all-time as Detroit Tigers. I also investigated triples for Tigers and league-wide cumulative pay and more. The data from the Baseball Databank can be addictive.
Who are those top paid Tigers through 2008? Well collective bargaining and inflation have obviously had a big impact.
Here are the top 20:
The 2009 database came out after I first ran the query. There are some expected- yet still shocking given recent performance- entries into the top 20. Willis and Robertson enter the list. I also notice that the way the data is organized that the money paid to Sheffield by the Tigers applies to him as a Met. I think I like that as otherwise he Sheffield would be 5th or 6th highest all-time and he only had about half a healthy and successful season as a Tiger.