Detroit Tigers Top 10 Shortstops in franchise history
By Andy Patton
The Detroit Tigers have a storied history of strong play at shortstop. But who are the ten best to play the position in the Motor City?
The greatest shortstop in Detroit Tigers history finally heard his name called for Cooperstown. But besides Hall of Famer Alan Trammell, the Tigers have had a multitude of talented shortstops in their organization.
In honor of throwback Thursday, today we present the ten greatest shortstops in Detroit Tigers history. The list features shortstops from every decade since the 1900’s, and will have many familiar names for diehard Tigers fans.
While not a position known historically for strong offense, the Tigers have had many shortstops who have won Silver Slugger Awards, batting titles and generally been well above average with the stick.
That’s not to say their has not been elite defense as well, as Detroit is currently blessed with an outstanding defensive shortstop. He’s not the only one, as they’ve had many players who are ranked as some of the best defensive shortstops the game has ever seen.
Before we begin, I encourage you all to take a second and think of some of your favorite shortstops in Tiger history, and see if you can guess where they may place on this list.
Without further ado, here are the ten greatest shortstops in Detroit Tigers history, starting with the most recent man up the middle: