One of my favorite traditions of when the Detroit Tigers head to Lakeland to start spring training is the storylines that are formed and in certain cases, attached to a Hall of Famer or forgotten about.
Growing up as a Detroit Tigers fan, you may remember Sparky Anderson glowing about Chris Pittaro in spring training of 1985. He made such an impression on Anderson that it would be the second-biggest move he would ever make involving a player.
The first Anderson said was converting Pete Rose from the outfield to third base. These type of headlines is what makes spring training down in Lakeland memorable.
Another one that comes to mind, especially for anyone who grew up watching the Detroit Tigers in the early 2000s (If you remember this name, well done) was the catcher who hit two doubles off Greg Maddux. Give up?
who would win the Opening Day catcher spot in 2002. The pitcher quoted in the story Bill Simas, was a pitcher trying to earn a spot in camp. He played five seasons with the Chicago White Sox from 1996 to 2000 before bouncing around the minors until 2010.
So let’s get back to modern times and check out these stat gems. Thanks to Chris Brown for helping me locate these stats as they can be hard to dig up.
Detroit Tigers 2006 and up spring training All-Stars:
C – Grayson Greiner – 14 G, 32 AB, 10H, 5 2B, HR, 4BB, 9K, .313/.389/.563
2B – Josh Harrison – 17G, 41AB, 15H, 6 2B, HR, 7BB, 14 K, .366/.469/.585
OF – Daz Cameron – 16G, 28 AB, 10H, 4 2B, 3B, 2HR, 4BB, 9K, .357/.438/.786
1B/DH – Miggy – 20G, 47AB, 16H, 3 2B, 5HR, 7BB, 17K, .340/.418/.723
RHP – Turnbull – 5G, 2GS, 15IP, 13H, 3ER, 2BB, 15K, 1.80 ERA, 1.000 WHIP
LHP – Stumpf – 10G, 10.2IP, 7H, 3ER, 2BB, 15K
UTIL – Niko Goodrum – 22G, 45AB, 13H, 4 2B, 4HR, 3SB, 3BB, 14K, .289/.327/.644 – won him a spot on the roster
OF – Alex Presley – 25G, 33AB, 15H, 6 2B, 2 HR, 4BB, 4K, .455/.526/.818
OF – Steven Moya – 15G, 30AB, 11H, 2B, 4HR, 1BB, 5K, .367/.387/.800
OF – Daniel Fields – 14G, 29AB, 10H, 3 2B, 2HR, 2SB, 2BB, 8K, .345/.394/.655
IF – Alex Gonzalez – 16G, 36AB, 15H, 2 2B, 2HR, 4BB, 5K, .417/.475/.639 – Played 9 games for the Tigers
Matt Tuiasosopo – 30G, 60AB, 17H, 6 2B, 4HR, 7BB, 20K, .283/.368/.658 – won a job
2012 – The Year of Hope
Delmon Young – 23G, 63 AB, 24H, 6 2B, 6HR, 2 BB, 10K, .381/.394/.762
Ryan Raburn – 21G, 56 AB, 15H, 2 2B, 3B, 6HR, 6BB, 9K, .268/.333/.661
Brennan Boesch – 24G, 73AB, 21H, 4 2B, 3B, 6HR, 3BB, 13K, .288/.312/.616
2011 – The farm system is coming up
Ryan Raburn – 20G, 57AB, 18H, 2B, 3B, 4HR, 5BB, 14K, .316/.381/.579
Brennan Boesch – 24G, 72AB, 25H, 2 2B, 4HR, 6BB, 12K, .347/.413/.542
Casper Wells – 14G, 26AB, 10H, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 2BB, 5K, .385/.414/.692
Clete Thomas – 14G, 36AB, 14H, 2 2B, 3B, HR, 7BB, 9K, .389/.500/.583
Ryan Raburn – 19G, 54AB, 20H, 4 2B, 3HR, 9BB, 11K, .370/.469/.611
Josh Anderson – 24G, 70AB, 20H, 3 2B, 3B, 2HR, 5SB, 4BB, 11K, .286/.324/.443 – won a job
(A name I have totally forgotten about)
2008 – Vets go nuts
Pudge – 21G, 59AB, 22H, 4 2B, 8HR, 3BB, 11K, .373/.403/.847
Polanco – 23G, 71AB, 29H, 6 2B, 3B, 4HR, 4BB,1K, .408/.447/.690
Guillen – 24G, 67AB, 21H, 2 2B, 2 3B, 7HR, 7BB, 7K, .313/.373/.716
Cameron Maybin – 17G, 21AB, 9H, 2 3B, 2 HR, SB, 4BB, 5K, .429/.520/.905
Timo Perez – 21G, 41AB, 14H, 2 2B, 3HR, 2SB, 5BB, 3K, .341/.404/.610
Josh Phelps – 15G, 32AB, 17H, 6 2B, 3HR, 4BB, 5K, .531/.595/1.000 – didn’t make team
Brent Clevlen – 14G, 31AB, 10H, 2 2B, 3HR, SB, 7BB, 8K, .323/.447/.677
Vance WIlson – 20G, 50AB, 17H, 4 2B,5HR, 2BB, 6K, .340/.382/.720