Detroit Tigers: 20 Best Hitters in the Last 30 Years
Nov 7, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Detailed view of an official baseball during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
12. Carlos Guillen
This popular infielder had some true struggles during his career, but he still managed to give the Detroit Tigers a .297 batting average in his eight years on the team. He suffered through a bout of pulmonary tuberculosis, ACL surgery, shoulder issues, and a knee surgery for microfractures. He also had to deal with trades and trading places with all-star players Randy Johnson, Miguel Cabrera, and Alex Rodriguez. He also had to play the role of the moveable piece in the puzzle that is the lineup for several consecutive years.
In his first year with Detroit, Guillen led the team in nearly every offensive statistic. Only Ivan Rodriguez had a higher batting average in 2004. Guillen played in the All-Star Game and received some MVP votes. He was injured for most of the 2005 season but had another stellar year in 2006 batting .320 with a .920 OPS. He had a 1.625 OPS during the ALDS against the Yankees and a .920 OPS in the World Series. Despite his rock-star performance on the plate, he committed the most errors (28) of any player in the AL in 2006. He made two more appearances in the All-Star Games in 2007 and 2008.