Detroit Tigers: A look ahead to the 2019 Hall of Fame Ballot
After seeing two Detroit Tigers inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, will they have anyone inducted in 2019?
Detroit Tigers’ fans were delighted to see two Tiger legends finally get their rightful place in Cooperstown over the weekend. Alan Trammell and Jack Morris are the first two players from the 1984 World Series winning team to be enshrined in Cooperstown, although they are not the only deserving candidates.
Attention now moves to 2019. The Tigers will have four former players who will appear on the ballot next year. Before we get into them however, we’ll start with an honorary Tiger, former first base coach Omar Vizquel. Vizquel appeared on the ballot for the first time last year, garnering 37% of the vote. That’s a pretty good tally for year one, but he’ll need to double that in order to reach the 75% necessary for induction. The elite defensive shortstop won 11 Gold Gloves in his career. He also racked up 2,877 hits and stole 404 bases.
Vizquel spent the majority of his playing career in Cleveland, but served as infield and first base caoch with the Tigers for a few years after he retired.
Now, here’s a look at the four players who actually played in a Tigers uniform, starting with our only returner to the ballot: