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Detroit Tigers All-Time 25-Man Dream Roster

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The Kings of the Infield

Hank Greenberg (1B) The 6’3 Greenberg was known for his power at the plate and his defensive skills at first base. Like Ty Cobb, he is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and his number has been retired by the Tigers. He is a hero to many because of his dedication to baseball, his country, and his faith. His best year was 1940, where he was awarded the MVP and named an All-Star. During that year, he topped the league in slugging and on-base percentages, total bases, doubles, home runs, and RBIs. 

Apr 26, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) and former Tiger Lou Whitaker before the game against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

  • Lou Whitaker (2B) Whitaker’s skills at second base. Sweet Lou was the Rookie of the Year in 1978 and made it to the All-Star Game for five years in a row. Sweet Lou’s best year was 1983, where he was awarded a Silver Slugger, Gold Glove, and an All-Star award. He was also eighth in the MVP voting. A dream-team Tigers roster would not be complete with his partner, Alan Trammell.
  • Alan Trammell (SS) Alan Trammell and Lou Whittaker were one of the best middle infielder combinations the world had ever seen. Trammell was a part of the 1984 World Series win and was named the MVP of the Series. Even though 1984 was not his best regular season (he dominated in 1987), this is the Alan Trammell that would be on this roster. In 1984, he was named the MVP of the World Series. He also finished ninth in the regular season MVP. He received a spot on the All-Star team and a Gold Glove. 
  • George Kell (3B) Well known as the voice of the Tigers along with Al Kaline, George Kell was also an outstanding player at third base and at the plate. There are only 11 third basemen in the Hall of Fame and he is one of them. His best year was 1950, where he committed all of 9 errors in 157 games with a fielding percentage of .982. His bat dominated that same year, where he topped the league in games played, at-bats, hits, and doubles. He finished he season with a respectable .340 batting average. 
  • Lance Parrish

    (C) Another member of the 1984 World Series,

    Lance Parrish

    was a remarkable catcher than was named an All-Star for eight of his seasons. Normally, he played catcher, but he was such a good player that he was occasionally seen at first and in the outfield. He won numerous Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards. Like Lou Whittaker, 1983 was his best year. He earned a Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, and he was on the All-Star Team. In 1983, he finished ninth, behind Whittaker in the MVP vote.

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