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The Greatest Detroit Tiger By Position: Right Field

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Moving on to the last position in the outfield, we’ve already anointed Bobby Veach the Greatest Tiger left fielder, and Ty Cobb the greatest Tiger center fielder.  The question now is, will Sam Crawford make an early 1900’s sweep of outfield greats, or will Al Kaline or possibly Harry Heilmann, or another Tiger take home that crown?  To be eligible for the list, a player must play at least 5-years for the Tigers with a majority of games coming at that position.  Unlike the infielder however, I do look at stats across all outfield spots.

If you’d like to catch up, you can see who I believe is the greatest Tiger catcher, first baseman, second baseman, third baseman, and shortstop of all-time as well.

Qualifying for today’s list is: Al Kaline, Harry Heilmann, Sam Crawford, Pete Fox, and Magglio Ordonez.  With this group, I am leaving Pete Fox off the list with a total Tigers WAR of 10.6.

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Tigers Trade For Center Fielder

mahtook-mikieIn case you missed the news last night, the Tigers most likely just traded for their center fielder.  In a move that isn’t going to get a ton of coverage, Detroit traded a player to be named and cash to Tampa for right handed hitting Mikie (pronounced Mike-ee) Mahtook.

The move doesn’t come as a big surprise as General Manager Al Avila mentioned that Detroit would be searching all avenues for a center fielder and had been connected to cheaper options recently.

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The Sons of ’84 Hall of Fame Ballot (If I Had One)

hall of fame logo.jpgWith the 2017 baseball Hall of Fame election results being announced at 6p est tonight, I decided to share who I’d vote for if I had a ballot.

Player’s need 75% of the vote to be elected and those voting can only choose to vote for up to ten players (although not required) out of this year’s list of 34.  Write-in votes are not allowed (sorry Shoeless Joe and Charlie Hustle).

Also, let’s get my steroid stance out of the way first…I believe first that there were far more players abusing steroids than we know and since we don’t know who was clean and who wasn’t, I won’t let it affect my vote.  Second, I think the commissioner and team management are also partially to blame for this issue as they just looked the other way.  Lastly, this isn’t the first time that performance enhancing drugs were an issue in baseball.  Amphetamines were huge in the 70’s & ‘80’s and I’d guess more heavily abused than steroids.  Oh, and don’t give me character clause BS, there are gamblers, racists, and alcoholics in the Hall.

Here’s my list…

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The Greatest Detroit Tiger By Position: Center Field

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As we continue on exploring the greatest Tigers by position of all-time, we move on to what I am guessing is a slam dunk before any research is done.  Before getting to the list however, looking back I’ve covered the all-time best Tigers catcher, first baseman, second baseman, third baseman, shortstop, and left fielder.  You can click on any of the previous links to check out that position.

Moving on to center field, we changed the criteria up a bit for outfielders where I still am looking for at least five years with the Tigers and playing a majority of time at that positon.  The one change I did make however to gaging the outfield spots, is opening it up to majority of games played at that position, but looking at all outfield numbers, since it’s much more common to see a players shift positions.

For the Center Field spot, we have four qualifiers: Ty Cobb, Mickey Stanley, Ron LeFlore, and Chet Lemon. Austin Jackson just misses out being traded mid-way through his 5th season in Detroit, but could be back via free agency this season.  Since this is a shoe in, we’ll take a look at all of the players…

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The Greatest Detroit Tiger By Position: Left Field

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Pushing forward, we move out to the outfield where I believe there will be some challenging calls at each position.  To recap however, we had an easy decision at shortstop, an ugly decision at third, and some very intriguing calls at second, first, and catcher.

If you’re reading one of these entries for the first time, the only stipulation that I look at is that the player be in a Tiger uniform for a minimum of 5 years and play a majority of his games at that position during that timeframe.  I will make a slight change however and evaluate all of a players outfield stats, as they are a little more likely to move to another position to cover an injury, etc.  Qualifying for consideration in left is Willie Horton, Bobby Veach, Matty McIntyre, Charlie Maxwell, Larry Herndon, Bobby Higginson, Steve Kemp, and Dick Wakefield.  To keep this readable, I am going to cut Dick Wakefield, Steve Kemp, Larry Herndon, and Matty McIntyre.

Moving on…

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Twitter List For Major Leaguers & More…

twitter-mlbEver want a comprehensive list for Major Leaguers, former players, minor leagues, media sites, teams, etc?  Well, here you go.  It will be something I continue to update, but to start, I’ve listed close to 900 different Twitter handles for you to peruse.  Enjoy!!

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Positive Things To Look For From The Tigers

detroit-tigersWith Detroit Tigers pitchers and catchers reporting in 39 days, I want to send some positive thoughts out for what has been a slow off-season.

Normally about this time each year, Detroit Tigers owner Mike Illitch swoops in with forcing a big signing and saving the Tigers off-season.  This is not something I expect this year with $181.2MM on the books and six players set for arbitration (another $12.6MMM estimated), and Detroit closing in on paying a luxury tax.

The good news however, Detroit can still contend for the…

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The Greatest Detroit Tiger By Position: Shortstop

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After the ugliness of what is the history of Tigers playing third base, we move to what I am guessing is an easier decision with the Shortstop position.  If you missed the greatest Tigers catcher, first baseman, second baseman, or third base, you can catch up at any point by clicking on the hyperlinks.

Again, the only qualifier in my process for determining the best positional Detroit Tiger is that they played at least five years as a Tiger with a majority of their games at that position.  Qualifying for shortstop is Alan Trammell, Donie Bush, Billy Rogell, Harvey Kuenn, and (ahem) Deivi Cruz.  We boot Deivi to start with his 6.0 WAR as a Tiger.

Here we go in chronological order of when the player was in Detroit…

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Tigers Social Media Rundown: JV, Kate, Ian, JD, and…DJ Miggy

Ever wonder what professional ball players do in the off season?  Well, with social media we get a bit close of a look at that answer.  A few Tigers have been active on Instagram over the last couple of weeks, so lets take a look at some highlights…

We first start with my favorite on social media these days, Justin Verlander

JV getting his karaoke on and from the looks of it taking it pretty seriously

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The Greatest Detroit Tiger By Position: Third Base

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Moving on in our exploration of the greatest Detroit Tiger at each position, we cover third base today.  To date, I’ve covered off on the Tigers best catcher, first baseman, and second baseman, with first base being the toughest choice so far.

My only stipulation for being eligible for consideration is playing the position of discussion for a majority of games as a Tigers for at least five years.  That leaves us with seven players that qualify and they are Aurelio Rodriguez, Don Wert, Brandon Inge, Tom Brookens, Pinky Higgins, George Kell, and Marv Owen.  Not making the cut any further is Don Wert, Aurelio Rodriguez, and Marv Owen. This definitely is the weakest position so far, but let’s take a look…

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