The Detroit Tigers have seen a ton of success from their first basemen throughout the years. Here are the 10 best in franchise history.
The Detroit Tigers have been around for a very long time. In that time, they’ve seen numerous All-Stars, MVP’s, and Hall of Famers. While they have had success across the diamond, they’ve seen a good chunk of their elite production come from the first base position.
In fact, first basemen were a critical piece of all four of the World Series winning teams, and are littered all over Detroit’s leaderboard.
Before we get into the top-ten, we first want to provide an honorable mention to one of Detroit’s most recent first basemen:
Detroit Tigers: 2012-2013
Prince only spent two years with the Tigers, but his impact was enough to merit an honorable mention. Prince played in all 324 games while he was with Detroit, hitting .295/.387/.491 with 55 home runs, 214 RBI and a 136 OPS+. Him and Miguel Cabrera made a dynamic, power hitting duo for the Tigers.
Prince was signed to a gargantuan nine-year, $214 million dollar contract – which has somewhat tarnished his legacy. After two years, the Tigers realized the Miguel Cabrera to third base experiment wasn’t working and they shipped Fielder and a chunk of change to the Texas Rangers for Ian Kinsler. Fielder unfortunately fell victim to a serious neck injury and retired at age 36.
Now, onto the top ten.