Detroit Tigers: 20 Best Hitters in the Last 30 Years

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Aug 14, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers former catcher Ivan Rodriguez watches the game in the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

10. Ivan Rodriguez

For four and a half seasons, Pudge Rodriguez shared his skills and personality with Detroit. Many believe that without Pudge’s contributions on and off the diamond, the Tigers would not have made it to the World Series in 2006. He is frequently mentioned as one of the best catchers the game has seen. His offensive ability at the plate is also outstanding.

During his four full seasons in Detroit, he was named an All-Star in each one. He received three Gold Glove awards, a Silver Slugger, and consideration as an AL MVP. He batted .298 and had an OPS of .777. His WAR in Detroit was 14.2. During his 2004 season with the Tigers, he finished fourth in AL batting average crown and he earned his 1000th RBI. In the 2005 All-Star game he finished in second place in the Home Run Derby, which just happened to be in Comerica Park with its long-distance fence. As a career hitter, he is currently in 57th place in the MLB with extra-base hits.

Even though he spent most of his career with the Texas Rangers, he still remains a fan and clubhouse favorite in Detroit.

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