As the players that led the Tigers for most of the last 15 years retired, management was unable to find suitable replacements. This would leave the Tigers with a bad team in a crumbling ballpark. The Tigers entered the season with Buddy Bell at the helm and started losing early and often. By midseason the Tigers were well on their way to 100 loses and decided to deal Cecil Fielder to the New York Yankees. In the deal the Tigers were unable to get anything of value and fell even more eventually establishing a club worse record of 53-109.