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ALAN TRAMMELL (1977-1996)
Alan Trammell is hands down the best shortstop to ever wear a Tigers uniform. He is also arguably one of the most respected players to play for Detroit, and always is a fan favorite of the Tigers faithful. Spending his entire 20-year big league career with Detroit, “Trammy” made the most of it and put out a Hall of Fame-esque career.
The 5-time all-star, 3-time Silver Slugger award winner, 4-time Gold Glove award winner and 1978 Rookie of the Year did all he possibly could while with Detroit. Trammell was a career .284 hitter and drove in over 1,000 runs while sporting the old English D. He hit over a .300 batting average seven different times in his 20 seasons. In the 1984 World Series, he was the series MVP, recording 9 hits and hitting a cool .450 batting average.
Trammell was one of four Tigers in team history to play in over 2,000 games. One of those was his double play partner, Lou Whitaker. Trammy and Sweet Lou would turn a double play or two for 14 seasons together, going down as one of the best middle infield tandems in baseball history.
Saying Alan Trammell was an important Tiger in team history is beyond an understatement. He led all shortstops in Detroit Tigers in WAR. For those unfamiliar with the statistic, WAR is a value explaining how much better a player is than what a team would typically have to replace that player. Trammell’s WAR value over his career was 66.9. His WAR600, which is his WAR value over 600 plate appearances was 4.37. For any starting player who plays a full season, 600 plate appearances could be roughly one whole season. This means that the Tigers would have averaged 4 less wins if they had started a backup over Trammell for those 20 seasons.
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