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Detroit Tigers: 20 Best Hitters in the Last 30 Years

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Jul 20, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Texas Rangers designated hitter

Prince Fielder

(84) hits an RBI single during the third inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

3. Cecil Fielder

Cecil Fielder was one of the best home run hitters ever to grace Tiger Stadium. He is best known for two unbelievably long home runs. One was on August 25, 1990, when he hit one over the Tiger Stadium left-field roof. The second was on September 14, 1991 when he hit one out of Milwaukee County Stadium. No one had ever done it or has done it since.

He was a bright light in an otherwise dull Detroit team. He came through in clutch situations and he continued to build numbers that had not been seen in many years. In 1990 and 1991, he finished second in the MVP vote, played in the All-Star Game, and he received Silver Slugger awards. In 1990, he hit 51 home runs and 132 RBIs. The following year he played in every game and hit 44 home runs with 133 RBIs. Between 1990 and 1996 with the Tigers, he hit no fewer than 26 home runs each season. In 1990 and 1991, he led the AL in home runs and RBIs.

His hitting ability was passed on to his son, Prince who played for the Tigers for two seasons. In his 2007 season with Milwaukee Brewers, Prince hit 50 home runs. Cecil and Prince are the only father-son commbination to hit that many home runs in one season.

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