Detroit Tigers – Five Players Who Turned Into Pumpkins

A Siberian tiger works on a pumpkin filled with meat on September 27, 2018 at the Tierpark Hagenbeck zoo in Hamburg, northern Germany. (Photo by Axel Heimken / dpa / AFP) / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read AXEL HEIMKEN/DPA/AFP via Getty Images)
A Siberian tiger works on a pumpkin filled with meat on September 27, 2018 at the Tierpark Hagenbeck zoo in Hamburg, northern Germany. (Photo by Axel Heimken / dpa / AFP) / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read AXEL HEIMKEN/DPA/AFP via Getty Images) /
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Chris Shelton

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OAKLAND, CA – JULY 5: Chris Shelton of the Detroit Tigers bats during the game against the Oakland Athletics at the McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, California on July 5, 2006. The Tigers defeated the Athletics 10-4. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /

You probably saw this coming. Few Detroit Tigers players encapsulate the fleeting nature of MLB success quite like Chris Shelton, who sandwiched a poor career around two stunning stretches of success. Most people remember his run to begin the 2006 season, when Shelton famously hit .471 with 9 home runs and 17 RBIs in the first 13 games of the season.

But that scorching start to 2006 was just a continuation of the arguably more impressive run he went on in 2005. From May 31, 2005 to May 31, 2006, Shelton hit .301 with 29 home runs and 87 RBIs in 160 games, good for 3.9 fWAR.

Then he turned into a pumpkin. By the end of July, Shelton was back in Toledo, and he played in only 50 more games in his big-league career, batting just .220 with 2 home runs.

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