Add-a-Tiger: Sid Monge

Add-a-Tiger posts are profiles of ’84 Tigers who weren’t on the opening-day roster but who joined the team mid-season.

Sid Monge RP #42

6-2 185 b. 4-11-1951, Agua Prieta, Mexico

W-L: 1-0 ERA: 4.25 WHIP: 1.69 SV’s: 0

Just as the Tigers snagged Ruppert Jones, a veteran outfielder with good career numbers, so too did they sign, on June 10, Sid Monge, a seasoned reliever with a good reputation.

Monge added an arm to the staff, but wasn’t always effective.  On Jun 21, Monge pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings against Milwaukee in a one-run loss.  But the scoreless appearances were few and far between and he often let the opponent add to a lead, and was used largely in a mop-up role.  He would not see any post-season action.

Born Isidro Pedroza Monge, Sid was born right-handed, and was converted to using his left hand by his father.[1]  The Angels drafted Monge in 1970 and he debuted with them in ’75.  In ’76, Monge started 13 of the 32 games he appeared in, putting up a 6-7 record.  In 1979, he earned a 12-10 record with Cleveland, saving 19 games and making the All-Star squad.

In 1984, Monge got off to a middling start with the Padres, with a 4.80 ERA.  When the team reactivated utility player Luis Salazar from the disabled list, they sold Monge’s contract to Motown to make room.  Peter Gammons writes, “the Tigers rationale for picking up Sid Monge on waivers was that they needed a second left-hander for middle-inning relief when they are playing Baltimore and Toronto, both of whom have several platoon possibilities.”[2]

[1] Bob Sudyk. “Monge Travels Far on Hard Road as a Youth.” Sporting News. May 12, 1979.

[2] Peter Gammons. “A.L.Beat.” Sporting News. Jun 25, 1984.

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