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David Ortiz, Tiger Killer, is retiring; can you name the other Tiger Killers?

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David Ortiz has always been a legitimate Tiger Killer, so it's probably good that he's retiring. Here are 45 other hitters and pitchers who have been a thorn in the Tigers' side in the past.

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David Ortiz is retiring, and that's just fine with me. There was that little matter of The Incident Which Shall Not Be Mentioned back in the 2013 ALCS, but it goes beyond that. David Ortiz has been a bona fide Tiger Killer throughout his career, and I know it's nothing personal because, let's face it, David Ortiz has been a Killer of All Pitchers throughout his career, but you know what? It is personal. Enjoy your victory lap in 2016, Big Papi, you big old jerk-faced dinky jerk stinker poopy-head.

(Why couldn't Benoit have started him out with a fastball?!)

Realizing Ortiz's official status as Tiger Killer got me to thinking: who else has been an obnoxious pain in the butt against the Tigers over the years? Not just hitters, but pitchers -- starters and relievers? I'm sure you've got a few names tripping all over themselves to stand front-and-center in your memory. Billy Butler has to be one, right? And obviously Bruce Chen has to make that list too, right? Let's ask Twitter.

Yeah, Bruce Chen is a lock for that list. Unless you look at his career stats and realize that against the Tigers he has a 5.42 ERA, 1.422 WHIP, and they have a .813 OPS against him. Never change, Tigers Twitter.

So then, who are the real Tiger Killers? Here they are, by the numbers, ranked over the past ten years (active players only!) and presented in three categories:

Opposing Hitters
Player PA BA OBP SLG OPS HR RBI
David Ortiz 268 .320 .418 .671 1.089 21 62
Evan Longoria 203 .303 .369 .584 .954 12 35
David Murphy 239 .300 .370 .548 .917 13 40
Adrian Beltre 310 .339 .390 .521 .911 10 46
Alex Rodriguez 197 .289 .371 .526 .897 11 34
Shin-Soo Choo 398 .291 .392 .491 .883 13 44
Michael Brantley 403 .330 .382 .501 .883 9 51
Kendrys Morales 246 .312 .354 .524 .877 9 40
Jacoby Ellsbury 179 .314 .391 .484 .875 5 21
Adam Jones 232 .315 .351 .495 .846 9 33
Melky Cabrera 304 .319 .373 .464 .837 5 39
Mike Napoli 211 .255 .351 .478 .829 11 25
Eric Hosmer 362 .301 .354 .474 .828 11 39
Billy Butler 585 .321 .366 .455 .821 11 82
Nelson Cruz 270 .265 .352 .466 .818 12 38

Oh, Big Papi. So sad to see you go, but here's your hat and we'll see you later, ok?

There are some names on this list that shouldn't be surprises: A-Rod, Billy Butler, Nelson Cruz, Adrian Beltre. But be honest, did you expect to find Melky Cabrera here? Or Shin-Soo Choo?

Also, damn you, Michael Brantley, I knew you'd show up here!

Now let's take a look at...

Starting Pitchers
Player RA/G ERA WHIP K/9 BA OBP SLG OPS
Scott Kazmir 1.58 2.34 1.194 9.4 .212 .290 .365 .655
Chris Sale 1.63 3.02 1.106 1.2 .223 .287 .405 .692
Danny Duffy 1.83 2.78 1.118 7 .205 .289 .339 .628
Felix Hernandez 2.23 2.62 1.163 8.9 .242 .299 .306 .605
Edwin Jackson 2.46 3.45 1.559 7 .291 .351 .386 .737
Zach McAllister 2.50 5.00 1.889 8.7 .322 .391 .461 .852
Ervin Santana 2.60 3.44 1.138 8.3 .229 .288 .402 .690
Dan Haren 2.73 3.53 1.095 6.3 .254 .274 .401 .674
Jose Quintana 2.77 4.02 1.401 6.9 .304 .342 .426 .769
Corey Kluber 3.00 4.72 1.426 9.3 .301 .347 .490 .837
Mike Pelfrey 3.20 4.19 1.466 5.6 .284 .341 .437 .778
Danny Salazar 3.20 4.55 1.353 9.2 .282 .326 .441 .767
Jason Vargas 3.40 5.37 1.491 6.3 .299 .339 .483 .822
Joe Saunders 3.45 5.76 1.534 6.2 .302 .359 .470 .829
Colby Lewis 3.73 5.71 1.629 6.5 .318 .367 .533 .900

Ok, once again, you'd expect to see names like Chris Sale, Felix Hernandez, Corey Kluber, and even Scott Kazmir on the list. Those guys are genuinely good pitchers who tend to terrorize opposing batters no matter what team they're on.

But Danny Duffy? He of the career 3.80 ERA and 4.22 WHIP? And Ervin Santana has a career 4.16 ERA with a 4.26 FIP to go with it, yet the Tigers have not historically been able to muster more than two-to-three runs per game against him.

Alright then, what about the closers who always seem to shut the Tigers down?

Relief Aces
Player RA/G ERA WHIP K/9 BA OBP SLG OPS
Craig Breslow 0.13 1.21 1.299 6.9 0.244 .330 .282 .612
Brandon League 0.13 0.70 0.896 6.7 .200 .240 .267 .506
Fernando Rodney 0.13 1.15 1.021 9.2 .203 .266 .305 .571
Joe Nathan 0.20 1.67 0.930 10.9 .153 .244 .240 .484
Kelvin Herrera 0.24 2.04 1.047 8.7 .217 .277 .302 .579
Greg Holland 0.24 1.77 1.290 9.8 .254 .315 .299 .614
Jake Petricka 0.25 1.82 1.135 5.1 .225 .289 .281 .570
Joakim Soria 0.28 2.45 1.064 10.6 .226 .265 .328 .594
Huston Street 0.28 2.39 0.911 9.9 .160 .233 .213 .446
David Robertson 0.30 2.49 1.246 9.6 .244 .300 .341 .641
Koji Uehara 0.31 2.76 0.673 10.5 .169 .183 .390 .573
David Aardsma 0.35 3.38 1.063 10.1 .175 .273 .281 .553
Jonathan Papelbon 0.39 2.330 1.241 12.6 .269 .305 .385 .689
Kevin Gregg 0.57 3.60 1.150 5.4 .234 .277 .351 .628
Neftali Feliz 0.78 4.02 1.149 8 .220 .292 .390 .682

Alright, first of all, Fernando Rodney, Joe Nathan, and Joakim Soria, all former Tigers who struggled to varying degrees when they were closing for Detroit? The curse is real, man, the curse is so very real.

And speaking of things unfair, oh look, it's Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland. The lesson is reinforced: score early against the Royals, or just pack up and go home.

Finally, there's Huston Street. Yeah, fine, he's on the list and he's had great success against the Tigers, but I ain't even mad. You know why? Of course you do.

That's a happy note to end on. These guys may all be Tiger Killers, but in the end it comes down to being able to beat them at precisely the right time, and Magglio Ordonez will forever be the Patron Saint of Doing It When It Mattered.