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Detroit Tigers: Top 10 sluggers in franchise history

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DETROIT- SEPTEMBER 27: A general view of Tiger Stadium prior to the final baseball game played at the 87 year old Tiger Stadium as the Detroit Tigets host the Kansas City Royals on September 27, 1999 in Detroit, Michigan. There was 6,873 games played at the corner of Michigan and Trumbul streets. The Tigers won the game 8-2. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Gettyimages)
DETROIT- SEPTEMBER 27: A general view of Tiger Stadium prior to the final baseball game played at the 87 year old Tiger Stadium as the Detroit Tigets host the Kansas City Royals on September 27, 1999 in Detroit, Michigan. There was 6,873 games played at the corner of Michigan and Trumbul streets. The Tigers won the game 8-2. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Gettyimages) /
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DETROIT, MI – OCTOBER 18: A general view of the field and sky as the Detroit Tigers host the New York Yankees during game four of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI – OCTOBER 18: A general view of the field and sky as the Detroit Tigers host the New York Yankees during game four of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /

Lance Parrish was an important part of the Tigers ’84 World Series. Batting cleanup he brought in 98 runners and hit 33 home runs.

In 1974, the Detroit Tigers drafted Lance Parrish in the first round of the MLB Draft. Originally, he had been offered a baseball scholarship to UCLA. He turned it down, however, to pursue playing professional baseball.

Parrish made it to the big league club in 1977 and by ’79 he was the team’s regular catcher. 1983 saw Parrish hit 27 home runs and bring in 114 RBIs. It would give him his third Silver Slugger award, in addition to winning his first Golden Glove award that season.

As a member of the 1984 World Series champs, Parrish batted cleanup. He hit 33 home runs and brought in 98 runners that season.  Parrish left the Tigers in 1987 when he signed with the Phillies in the offseason as a free-agent. He’d make stops with the Angels, Mariners, Blue Jays, Pirates, Dodgers and back to Detroit before his career ended in 1996.

Parrish would make his way back to the Tigers organization in his post-playing career. In 2014, the Tigers hired Parrish to serve as the skipper for their Double-A affiliate. He now serves as the manager for the Tigers Single-A Affiliate.

Next on the list is Rudy York. A name that is probably unfamiliar to many Tigers fans. He last played for the Tigers as a member of the 1945 World Series champs. The Tigers would trade him to Boston in the offseason. He comes in at number eight with 239 career home runs as a member of the team.

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