Detroit Tigers: Franchise Four Candidates
By Dave Holcomb
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Alan Trammell (1977-1996)
Unlike the five names before him, Trammell is not in Baseball’s Hall of Fame, but he did make six All-Star Games and won the hearts of Detroit in 1984.
Trammell is probably the greatest shortstop in team history as he hit .285 with 652 extra-base hits, 1,231 runs and 1,003 RBI in his 20-year career. He also shined defensively, winning four gold gloves.
But Trammell will always be remembered for his heroics in 1984 as he led the Tigers to their first World Series title in 18 years. He hit .364 with a triple, home run and three RBI in the ALCS against the Royals and then batted .450 with two home runs, a double and six RBI in the World Series against the Padres.
He is one of only two players in Tigers history to win the World Series MVP and because it remains the last time the Tigers won the World Series, he could have an advantage in the voting process over some of the older players, who voters never saw play.