Detroit Tigers: Top Ten First Basemen in Franchise History
By Andy Patton
Detroit Tigers: 1990-1996
One of the best power hitters in team history, Cecil Fielder joined the Detroit Tigers in 1990 after a one-year stint in Japan. He made his name known immediately, blasting a career-high 51 home runs in the Motor City.
It was the most home runs in the MLB since George Foster in 1977, and the most in the AL since Roger Maris way back in 1961. Fielder was an All-Star, Silver Slugger Award winner and finished second in MVP voting in 1990. He led the league in home runs, RBI and total bases.
Fielder had a heck of an encore in 1991, blasting a league-leading 44 home runs and 132 RBI. He once again made the All-Star game, won the Silver Slugger award and finished second in MVP voting. Fielder’s power never wavered, as he went on to post home run totals of 35, 30, 28, 31 and 26 before being traded to the New York Yankees for Matt Drews and Ruben Sierra.
Overall, Fielder finished his seven years in Detroit with 245 home runs and 758 RBI. His 245 home runs ranks him sixth in Tigers history, just behind Willie Horton and one spot ahead of Lou Whitaker.