Detroit Tigers: Best Second Baseman Since 2000
Detroit Tigers second baseman have always been successful. Dating back to the beginnings of Tigers history, the team has employed some quality players at the keystone position.
Detroit Tigers fans have seen some stellar play from second baseman throughout the team’s long history. From Charlie Gehringer back in the day, to Lou Whitaker relatively recently, Detroit has seen some excellent players man second base.
In terms of recent history, the Tigers have had a number of different second baseman since the turn of the century.
Damion Easley was the starter at the onset of 2000, while Omar Infante was the starter at second in both 2004 and 2012, but not at any point inbetween. Of the keystone players, Placido Polanco held the record for most seasons, and consecutive seasons as the starter, with five.
However, Polanco’s record could be in jeopardy. Ian Kinsler has been the starter for the last three seasons (counting this current one), and at the rate he’s producing, you wouldn’t bet on him playing for three more seasons.
Easley, Infante, Polanco and Kinsler weren’t the only players to start at second base for Detroit. Warren Morris, Ramon Santiago and Will Rhymes each had seasons where they were the primary second baseman.
That being said, here are the best second baseman for the Detroit Tigers this century.