4 Detroit Tigers up for Gold Glove Awards

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It’s no secret that the Detroit Tigers did not reach their team goals for 2016. With the AL Central Champion Cleveland Indians squaring off in the World Series this week that’s uncomfortably obvious. With that said, many of the Tigers players had strong individual seasons and could be rewarded for that with postseason awards. This week the Detroit Tigers Official Twitter Feed announced the following award nominations for Detroit players. Here’s a list of the nominees:

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Jose Iglesias is known as a flashy player at the shortstop position. However, he backs up all that flash with solid execution. Being selected as a finalist for a Gold Glove award is nothing to shake a stick at. This past season Iglesias had 180 put outs and helped turn 92 double plays. All that with only 5 errors.

Speaking of solid defensive players, Ian Kinsler is one of the best second basemen in baseball currently. He was an iron man in 2016 for the Tigers appearing in 151 games with 303 put outs, 432 assists, 109 double plays, and only 9 errors. Kinsler also finished with a .288 BA and 45 walks from the lead off spot this season.

Let’s not kid ourselves: Justin Verlander had a terrific year. In addition to mentoring a young pitching staff, Verlander also had a great statistical season that put him in the center of the conversation for the AL Cy Young Award. Posting a 16-9 record and a win percentage of .690 for 2016, Verlander was hot from the bump this season. He also had two complete games with an ERA of 3.04, 254 strikeouts, and a 1.001 WHIP. JV was the heart and soul of the Tigers rotation this season and showed veteran leadership when the team needed it most.

James McCann followed up an award-winning rookie year in 2015 with a solid 2016 season. Firmly entrenched as the starting catcher, McCann managed the pitching rotation and was solid all season long from behind the plate. In 2016 McCann appeared in over 843 innings and sported a healthy fielding percentage of .995. “The McCannon” also threw out 27 would be base stealers in 2016 which was good for 2nd in the American League.

Ever present on the list of award-winning Detroit Tigers is Miguel Cabrera. A year removed from winning the American League Batting Title, Miggy had another great offensive year. Here is a short list of his 2016 offensive accomplishments:

Batting Average: .316 (4th in AL)

Hits: 188 (6th in AL)

RBI: 108 (6th in AL)

HR: 38 (8th in AL)

Intentional Walks: 15 (1st in AL)

Times On Base: 267 (4th in AL)

Player Seen Having Most Fun Playing The Game Of Baseball: All Of The Games (1st in AL and MLB)

Okay, I made that last one up. The simple fact is, Miggy is one of the greatest hitters of all time. His career batting average is .321, by far the best among active players. He’s got a great attitude and is a joy to watch play the game.

Congrats to all of the Tigers on their individual accomplishments for this season. Can’t wait until next summer!

[Stats courtesy of BaseballReference.com]

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