Here’s my DETROIT TIGERS ALL-TIME TEAM:
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C-BILL FREEHAN – Heart and soul of the ’68 champs; best catcher in AL from 1962-1972. 11x All Star (10 straight); 5x gold glove; 6x received MVP votes; 1581 career games behind the plate.
1B-HARRY HEILMANN-Hall of Fame (HOF); 4 batting titles; 4x finished in top 5 in MVP voting; 200+ hits 4x; his .342 career avg is 2nd in Tigers history; his 497 doubles are 4thand 1442 rbi are 3rdall time.
2B-CHARLIE GEHRINGER-HOF; 1937 MVP; 200+ hits 7x; led Tigers to 3 pennants and ’35 world series title; played 500 straight games on two separate occasions. 7068 assists are 2ndmost in MLB history for second baseman.
SS-ALAN TRAMMELL-HOF; 4x gold glove; 6x all-star; 3x silver slugger; World Series MVP; AL Comeback POY; first shortstop in MLB history to hit .340; 20 homers and 100 rbi in the same season.
KELL AND KALINE, SPECIAL KS
3B-GEORGE KELL-HOF; 10x all-star; 1949 AL batting champ; never struck out more than 37x in a season (just 287x in 7529 p.a.); led third baseman in fielding percentage 7x.
RF-AL KALINE-HOF; 18x all-star (13 straight); 1 of 6 OF to win 10 gold gloves; youngest batting champion in AL history; finished top 5 in MVP voting 7x; Tigers all x leader in HR; 2ndin hits & rbi; 3rd in doubles.
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CF-TY COBB-HOF; (98% votes in first ever class); arguably best player in MLB history. 12 batting titles; career .367 hitter (best in MLB history); hit .300+ 23x and .400 3x;
LF-HANK GREENBERG-HOF; 2x MVP; 1 of 4 players ever to win MVP at two different positions; led AL in HR and RBI 4x; 2x world series champion; missed 5 years due to military service.
MIGGY MAKES IT
DH-MIGUEL CABRERA-11x all-star; 2x MVP; 4x batting champion; 7x silver slugger; Triple Crown winner (2012); 30 HR+ 10x; 4thyoungest ever to 2500 hits; 12x w/ 25+ HR and 100+ rbi-t-4thMLB history.
RHP-JUSTIN VERLANDER-2x CY; 8x top five in CY voting; MVP; 8x all-star; ROY; 3 no hitters; 2ndin Tigers history in strikeouts; 200+ strikeouts 9x; pitching triple crown (2011); over 3000 career strikeouts.
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LHP-HAL NEWHOUSER-HOF; 2x MVP; 6x all-star; most dominant pitcher of WWII era; pitching triple crown (1945); WS champion; led AL in wins 4x; era and strikeouts 2x
CLOSER: WILLIE HERNANDEZ-3x all-star; MVP; CY; WS champion; led AL in appearances (1984); 4thall x in Tigers history in saves.