It was a tale of two years for Robbie Grossman's time in Detroit. In 2021, he was one of the more underrated leadoff hitters in the game. He hit a career-high 23 home runs and was near the top of the league in walks. He also had 20 stolen bases to give him a 20-20 season.
2022 was a much, much different story. He hit .205 with a .595 OPS before getting traded to the Braves for scraps at the trade deadline. His time with Atlanta was not much better.
He signed with Texas on a minor league deal in the offseason, and saw significant playing time this season due to various injuries. He actually had a solid year, slashing .238/.340/.394 with a .734 OPS and 10 homers in 420 plate appearances. That slash line isn't far off from this 2021 slash.
He's even been hitting in the middle of the Rangers' batting order quite frequently this postseason. You could argue that he's saved his career this season.
Grossman isn't very well-liked by some Tigers fans because of his comments about Comerica Park's old dimensions last season, but his 2021 season is still worth remembering. It was the best year of his career and it came with the Tigers, and we haven't been able to say that about a lot of players in recent years. He could be one of two former Tigers to win a ring with the Rangers.
The other? Well, he'll be going for his second since leaving Detroit.