This is it, Nation! Opening Day is nearly upon us. In the days leading up to the start of the 2018 season, we’ve been counting down some of the best players to wear the numbers ten through one for the Detroit Tigers.
10) Tommy Bridges
9) Carlos Guillén
8) Don Wert
7) Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez
6) Al Kaline
5) Hank Greenberg
4) Bobby Higginson
3) Alan Trammell
2) Charlie Gehringer
The final name in our countdown is none other than “Sweet” Lou Whitaker
Sweet Lou is one of the most loved Detroit Tigers in the long history of the franchise. Whitaker played second base for Detroit from 1977 – 1995 and was part of one of the finest defensive combinations in baseball along with shortstop Alan Trammell.
A five-time All-Star, Whitaker was also named AL Rookie of the Year in 1978 where he hit for .285 and also scored 71 runs. Upon retirement in 1995, Whitaker worked as an instructor for the Tigers in Lakeland during spring training for many years.
In 2001, Sweet Lou was eligible to be on the ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame. However, he failed to acquire the requisite number of votes in that first year and is now ineligible to be inducted.
Sweet Lou Whitaker will always be remembered as one of the finest players to ever wear the Olde English D.
That’s it on the countdown. The only thing left to do is PLAY BALL!