Detroit Tigers all-time best starting lineup based on WAR

Here's what the Detroit Tigers starting lineup would look like based on the highest WAR at each position.
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2. Charlie Gehringer, 2B, 78.6 fWAR

At second base, most people would think of Lou Whitaker for the Detroit Tigers, and rightfully so. He was a key piece of the 1984 World Series team and quite frankly, should be in the hall of fame. But Gehringer actually compiled more WAR than Sweet Lou.

Gehringer was an integral part of the 1935 World Series Championship team, putting up a 7.3 WAR and a 133 wRC+ that year. He was a six-time All-Star and won the AL MVP in 1937.

He was also a local guy. A native of Fowlerville, MI, he attended the University of Michigan and stayed in the area for the rest of his life after retirement.

Like Cobb, Gehringer also has his name etched on the wall out in on the concourse at Comerica Park. He is also considered to be one of the best Tigers of all-time, and his 78.6 fWAR ranks third in the history of franchise.