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Detroit Tigers: 20 Best Hitters in the Last 30 Years

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Aug 7, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Baseballs sit in dugout before the game between the Detroit Tigers and the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

8. Magglio Ordonez

Maggs spent his entire career in the AL Central in Chicago and then Detroit. He joined the Tigers in 2005 and quickly cemented himself as a fan favorite in left field. In his seven years in Detroit, he achieved a .312 BA and .812 OPS. He was unstoppable at the plate in 2007, with a league-leading .363 BA and 54 doubles. That same year, he knocked in 28 home runs and 139 RBIs. He received a Silver Slugger and finished second in the MVP vote. His 2007 season is one of the best ever, until Miguel Cabrera played in 2012.

His accomplishments in Detroit are similar to those by players from historical eras. His .363 batting average has only been topped by Charlie Gehringer and Norm Cash. George Kell was the only Tiger to hit more doubles. Rocky Colavito is the only Tiger with more RBIs. Only one other Tiger has hit two home runs in one inning, the other was Al Kaline. Ironically, both players hit them against  the Athletics.

For Tigers fans, the most memorable Maggs moment was the walk-off home run against the Oakland Athletics to win the pennant in 2006. The call by radio broadcaster Dan Dickerson is one of the highlights of modern Tiger history.

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