Detroit Tigers: 20 Best Hitters in the Last 30 Years
Jul 25, 2015; Cooperstown, NY, USA; MLBPA Executive Director
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15. Tony Clark
Clark was another baseball player who played seven years with the Tigers. In 1996, he finished in third place for the Rookie of the Year award. As a switch hitter, he played for a total of 15 years, but his 7 in Detroit were his best. He batted a seven-year average of .277 with 156 home runs and 514 RBIs. During his final year in Detroit he played in the All-Star game. In 2015, he was on the ballot for the BBWAA Hall of Fame.
As a first-baseman, Clark led the league in putouts and range factor in 1997 with 1,423 and 9.64 respectively. He frequently finished in the top ten in positive categories at his base. When coaches show their players what a “big swing” should look like, they turn to videos of Tony Clark.
He is truly dedicated to the game of baseball and to the players. He is currently the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association. No other player has ever held so high a title with the MLBPA.