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Detroit Tigers on ESPN’s MLB Top 100 All-Time List

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May 7, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Former Detroit Tigers Ivan Pudge Rodriguez (R) shakes hands with Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) after he throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Tigers /

At the top of the list, there are two former Detroit Tigers: “Pudge” Rodriguez at no. 76, and Al Kaline  no. 64.

Now there are some Detroit Tigers that made the list that definitely deserved it, and that starts with Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez. He is ranked at 76th all-time, and played for the Tigers for four years from 2004-2008. Tigers remember him best for being part of the 2006 World Series runner-ups. After joining the team, he was an instant fan favorite. He hit .298 as a Tiger over the four years with the club, and had a WAR of 14.2. He was also an All-Star three times, and had just as many Gold Glove awards, and won a Silver Slugger with the Tigers in these years. Pudge is definitely deserving of his spot on this list.

See no. 80-71 here.

Coming in at number 64 is Al Kaline. Kaline is definitely someone who should be ranked higher on the list, but this is where ESPN decided to put him. Kaline is one of the most well respected players in team history, and is still very involved in the Detroit Tigers organization. He played his entire 22 year career with Detroit (1953-1974) and won a championship with the club in 1968. He hit .297, had 1,582 RBI’s, and had a career WAR of 92.5. Kaline was a part of 18 all-star teams, won 10 Gold Gloves, and is a member of the Hall of Fame.

See no. 70-61 here.

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