Detroit Tigers History

Detroit Tigers: 1990’s All-Decade Team

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OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 25: Alan Trammell #3 of the Detroit Tigers fields the ball during the game against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda Coliseum on June 25, 1996 in Oakland, California. The Tigers defeated the A's 10-8. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 25: Alan Trammell #3 of the Detroit Tigers fields the ball during the game against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda Coliseum on June 25, 1996 in Oakland, California. The Tigers defeated the A's 10-8. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK – JULY 18: Outfielder Bobby Higginson #4 of the Detroit Tigers at bat during the game against the New York Yankees on July 18, 2002 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. TheYankees won 5-3. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK – JULY 18: Outfielder Bobby Higginson #4 of the Detroit Tigers at bat during the game against the New York Yankees on July 18, 2002 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. TheYankees won 5-3. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /

Right fielder – Bobby Higginson

1990’s Stats: .277/.364/.477 116 OPS+ 10.7 bWAR

Many thought Bobby Higginson was destined for superstardom after his first few seasons in the big leagues. While he never reached that peak, Higginson was a very productive corner outfielder for over a decade, and checks in as the number six hitter and starting right fielder for the all-decade team of the 1990’s.

The Tigers originally drafted Higginson in the 12th round of the 1992 draft. He made his big league debut three short seasons later in 1995. He hit .224 with 14 home runs and six stolen bases in 410 at-bats.

Higginson’s bat exploded in 1996. He posted an absurd .320/.404/.577 slash line with 26 home runs, 81 RBI, a 145 OPS+ and a 3.6 bWAR. It would end up being the best season of his career.

Higginson posted his first 100-RBI season in 1997, along with his first double-digit stolen base season. He hit .299 with 27 home runs and 101 RBI, swiping 12 bases and posting a 133 OPS+.

1998 saw a 27-year-old Higginson post his third consecutive season with 25 or more home runs, as the young slugger hit 25 on the dot with 85 RBI and a 115 OPS+.

Higginson’s last season of the decade was a disappointing one, as he only hit .239 with 12 home runs in an injury shortened year.

He finished the decade with 104 home runs and a 10.7 bWAR, which ranked seventh among Tigers hitters in the 1990’s.

Higginson went on to hit .268 with 83 home runs and a 111 OPS+ for the Tigers from 2000-2005, when he retired at age 34.

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