Detroit Tigers 5 First Half MVPs (VIDEOS)
By Matt Pelc
Jul 14, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; American League shortstop Jose Iglesias (1) of the Detroit Tigers at bat against the National League during the sixth inning of the 2015 MLB All Star Game at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
#4: Jose Iglesias
We knew what we would get from Jose Iglesias heading into this season, after missing all of 2014 with shin injuries, dynamic, Gold Glove-caliber defense. And we have gotten it this year for sure.
But his bat was the question mark. Although he came to the Tigers at the trading deadline of 2013 after hitting .330 with the Boston Red Sox, most said don’t expect that to last. And it did not with Detroit as his average slipped to .259 in 46 regular season games and .231 in two rounds of the postseason.
In Spring Training this year, he notched just 7 hits in 52 at-bats, so it seemed he would be a glove-only player during his career in Detroit, which would be fine considering his defense skills.
In the first two games of the season he notched six hits–and it was on from there. Iggy finished the first half with the impressive average of .314.
Back to his defense. It seems that it is notable when Jose cannot complete an incredible play than when he makes those incredible plays. For a Tigers’ team that has been incredibly frustrating to watch this season, Iglesias is always a reason to keep tuning in.
Although he has had quite a few incredible plays this season, like his most recent one with the most eyes, in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, this one may have been the best.
Jose Iglesias’ Signature First-Half Moment
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