Reds break '96 Tigers record for HRs allowed

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Pitcher Felipe Lira allowed 30 home runs on the 1996 Tigers.

There are some records you want. This was never one of them, and now it's no longer theirs.

The 1996 Detroit Tigers allowed 241 home runs, which was a major-league record – until Monday night. They can thank the 2016 Cincinnati Reds for taking over the honors, errr, dishonors.

With three homers allowed Monday, the Reds now have coughed up 242.

Twenty-seven pitchers took the mound at some point for the 1996 Tigers, and all of them allowed at least one home run, with Felipe Lira leading the way with 30.

Here's a complete breakdown:

► Felipe Lira, 30

► Greg Gohr, 24

► Brian Williams, 21

► Omar Olivares, 16

► Greg Keagle, 13

► Jose Lima, 13

► Mike Christopher, 12

► Todd Van Poppel, 11

► A.J. Sager, 10

► Mike Walker, 10

► Scott Aldred, nine

► Richie Lewis, nine

► Tom Urbani, eight

► C.J. Nitkowski, seven

► Justin Thompson, seven

► Mike Myers, six

► Gregg Olson, six

► Randy Veres, six

► Clint Sodowsky, five

► John Cummings, three

► Joey Eischen, three

► Jeff McCurry, three

► Trever Miller, three

► John Farrell, two

► Brian Maxcy, two

► Brian Moehler, one

► Bob Scanlan, one

Those Tigers sure could hit, averaging nearly five runs a game – yet, amazingly, they allowed an eye-popping 1,103 runs, for a negative run differential of 320.

No Tigers team has given up more runs than that, not even the awful 2003 team, which allowed 928.

The team's ERA was 6.38, and WHIP was 1.733. And you thought the 2016 Tigers had pitching issues.

For the season, the Tigers, managed by Buddy Bell, were 53-109 and finished 39 games out.

As for the 2016 Reds, their ERA is 4.89 and WHIP is 1.451.

Brandon Finnegan has allowed a team-high 29 home runs.