Saturday, June 4, 2011

Detroit Tigers

1B  Hank Greenberg – Led league in HRs and RBI four times; drove in 183 runs in ’37; career .313 avg.
2B  Charlie Gehringer – Seven seasons with 200+ hits; scored 100+ runs 12 times; good glove.
SS  Alan Trammell – Four-time Gold Glove winner; batted .300 or better seven times; hit 185 HRs.
3B  George Kell – Hall of Famer with eight straight .300 seasons; won batting title in ’49.
OF  Al Kaline – Great defensive RF; hit .300 or better nine times; slugged 399 HRs, all for Detroit.
OF  Ty Cobb – Won nine straight batting titles, 12 overall; 4,191 hits and 892 SBs; highest lifetime BA in MLB history.
OF  Harry Heilmann – Best righty hitter in the AL in the ’20s; batted .390 or better four times (.403 in ’23), with eight 100-RBI seasons.
C  Bill Freehan – Excellent defensive catcher (five straight Gold Gloves) with decent power.
DH  Kirk Gibson – Gritty competitor; hit 20+ HRs for Tigers five times; 284 career SBs.
Bench  Sam Crawford – From Wahoo, Nebraska; lifetime .309 hitter; career triples leader.
Pitcher  Hal Newhouser – Won 25+ games three years in a row (1944-46); career 3.06 ERA.
Pitcher  Jack Morris – Workhorse of the ’80s with six 17+ win season for the Tigers; barely edges out Lolich.
Pitcher  George Mullin – Five-time 20-game winner; helped Tigers win three consecutive AL pennants (1907-09).
Closer  Mike Henneman – Todd Jones has more career saves for Detroit, but Henneman’s ERA is better by a full run.

This team would keep the scoreboard operators busy at Navin Field.

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