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Alan Stuart Trammell (born February 21, 1958) is a retired American baseball shortstop of the Detroit Tigers from 1977 to 1996. He had a quick release and made accurate throws, ultimately winnings four Gold Glove awards. Trammell's defense perfectly complemented his double-play partner, Lou Whitaker. The two formed the longest continuous double-play combination in major league history, playing 19 seasons together. At the plate, Trammell was one of the best-hitting shortstops of his era and won three Silver Slugger awards

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10/17/13 9:26 A

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Frederick Alfred "Rick" Porcello III (born December 27, 1988) In his senior season of high school, he compiled a 10–0 record with 103 strikeouts and a 1.44 ERA in 63 innings pitched. He was inducted into both the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society at Seton Hall Prep He graduated with a GPA of 3.94. He threw a perfect game on May 12, 2007 against Newark Academy. He had only given up multiple hits once in a game to one player in his high school career He was drafted #27 overall in the first round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft, even though he was ranked #1 among high school prospects. In 2009, he was the youngest player in the major leagues. On April 9, 2009, he made his Major League debut against Toronto, opposite Blue Jays rookie pitcher Ricky Romero. The game marked the first time in MLB history that two first-round picks faced each other in their respective debuts. Porcello won all five games he started in May. He became the youngest pitcher to win five starts in a row since Dwight Gooden won seven in a row in 1985, as well as the first Tiger age 20 or younger to win five consecutive starts since at least 1954. He finished third in the voting for American League Rookie of the Year, behind Andrew Bailey of the Oakland Athletics and Elvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers.[20] .[30] He is the paternal grandson of Sam Dente, who played for the Cleveland Indians in the 1954 World Series. Through 2012, he wore uniform number 48. When the Tigers acquired outfielder Torii Hunter – who also wears number 48 –, Hunter made a monetary offer for the number. Porcello, a New Jersey native, instead asked Hunter to donate the money he offered to victims of Hurricane Sandy, and Rick changed to # 21.

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10/16/13 8:26 A

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Norm Cash First baseman
Career statistics
Batting average .271 Home runs 377 Runs batted in 1,103

Career highlights and awards

5× All-Star (1961, 1961˛, 1966, 1971, 1972)
World Series champion (1968)
1961 AL batting champion
2× AL Comeback Player of the Year (1965, 1971)


Norman Dalton Cash (November 10, 1934 – October 11, 1986) was an American first baseman in Major League Baseball who spent almost his entire career with the Detroit Tigers. An outstanding power hitter, his 377 career home runs were the fourth most by an American League left-handed hitter when he retired, behind Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Lou Gehrig; his 373 home runs with the Tigers rank second in franchise history behind his teammate Al Kaline (399). He also led the AL in assists three times and fielding percentage twice; he ranked among the all-time leaders in assists (4th, 1317) and double plays (10th, 1347) upon his retirement, and was fifth in AL history in games at first base (1943). He was known to fans and teammates during his playing days as "Stormin' Norman."


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10/14/13 8:44 A

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Dennis Dale "Denny" McLain (born March 29, 1944) is an American former professional baseball player.[1] He played as a pitcher in Major League Baseball for ten seasons, most notably for the Detroit Tigers. In 1968, McLain became the last pitcher in Major League Baseball to win 30 or more games during a season (31–6)— a feat accomplished by only eleven players in the 20th century

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10/12/13 6:47 A

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Torii Kedar Hunter (/ˈtɔriː/; born July 18, 1975) is an American professional Major League Baseball right fielder for the Detroit Tigers. Previously, he played for the Minnesota Twins (1997–2007) and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2008–2012).

Hunter is a five-time All-Star. He has taken away many home runs throughout his 16-year major league career by "climbing the fence" in the outfield. He won nine consecutive Gold Glove Awards as an outfielder and has won a Silver Slugger Award.

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10/9/13 8:35 A

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Justin Brooks Verlander ( February 20, 1983) In 2006, Verlander was named the American League (AL) Rookie of the Year. On June 12, 2007, he pitched a no-hitter—the first ever at Comerica Park—against the Milwaukee Brewers, striking out 12 batters and walking four. He pitched a second no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 7, 2011, in Toronto, walking one and facing the minimum 27 batters. On November 15, 2011, Verlander was named the 2011 AL Cy Young Award winner by a unanimous vote, becoming the first American League pitcher since Johan Santana in 2006 to win the award in such a fashion. On November 21, 2011, Verlander was voted the AL Most Valuable Player (MVP), winning with 280 points over Jacoby Ellsbury's 242, completing a sweep of the Cy Young Award and MVP. Verlander is a a 6′ 5″, 200 pound right-hander

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10/8/13 8:33 A

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William Ashley Freehan (born November 29, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan[1]) is a former catcher in Major League Baseball who played his entire 15-year career with the Detroit Tigers. The premier catcher in the American League for several years from the 1960s into the early 1970s, he was named an All-Star in each of the eleven seasons in which he caught at least 75 games, and was the MVP runnerup with the 1968 champions for his handling of a pitching staff that included Mickey Lolich and Denny McLain, who became the first 30-game winner in the majors since 1934. A five-time Gold Glove Award winner,[2] Freehan held the major league record for highest career fielding percentage (.9933) until 2002, and also the records for career putouts (9,941) and total chances (10,734) from 1975 until the late 1980s;[3] he ranked ninth in major league history in games caught (1,581) at the end of his career. His career totals of 200 home runs and 2,502 total bases placed him behind only Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey among AL catchers when he retired.

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10/7/13 10:42 A

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Jhonny Antonio Peralta (born May 28, 1982) is a Dominican professional baseball shortstop with the Detroit Tigers. On March 10, 2006, Peralta agreed to a five-year contract with an option for a sixth year to stay with the Indians until the 2011 season. However, his 2006 season saw a decline both offensively and defensively from the previous season. At the start of spring training in 2007, it was revealed that Peralta suffered from vision problems in 2006 and had corrective LASIK eye surgery to deal with it.[2]
Peralta hit his first inside-the-park home run on July 18, 2010, against the Detroit Tigers and pitcher Andy Oliver, after outfielder Ryan Raburn crashed through the bullpen door attempting to catch the ball.[3] On July 28, 2010, he was traded to the Detroit Tigers. On July 30, 2010, Peralta hit a home run in his first plate appearance as a Tiger, and then another in his third plate appearance.[6]
On July 8, 2011, Peralta was named to his first career All-Star Game, as a replacement for Derek Jeter.[7] On June 20, 2013, Jhonny hit a walkoff two-run home run off Boston Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey to defeat the Red Sox, 4–3. It was the Tigers first walkoff win of the season.[9] On July 1, 2013, Peralta was named to his second AL All-Star team as a reserve shortstop. This was his first selection by player vote (his previous selection was as an injury replacement).



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10/6/13 8:29 A

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Prince Semien Fielder (5/9/84), a first baseman. Fielder is a five-time All-Star and is the active iron man leader for consecutive games played. He holds the Brewers' team record for home runs in a season, and is the league's youngest player to hit 50 home runs in a season.[1] He became the first Brewer to win the Home Run Derby, defeating Nelson Cruz in the final round of the 2009 derby. He also won the 2012 derby, joining Ken Griffey, Jr. as the only players to win more than one derby.[2]
Fielder is the son of former first baseman Cecil Fielder. Prince and Cecil Fielder are the only father-son combination to each hit 50 MLB home runs in a season.
Fielder was born right handed but, at a very young age, he was converted to a left handed hitter by his father, Cecil Fielder


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10/2/13 10:20 A

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Tom Brookens (8/10/53) - former 3rd baseman for Tigers and is now the 3rd base coach. Also played shortstop, 2nd base, and caught for 5 innings on 7/20/85. His range factor (measures # of plays a fielder makes) was consistently above league average, although he did have 3 errors in one game. On 8/20/80, he went 5 for 5 and started a triple play.

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10/1/13 9:17 A

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James Richard Leyland (12/15/44) began his career as a minor league catcher for the Tigers. He soon became a minor league manager. In 1997, he was hired to manage the Florida Marlins and led them to win the World Series - the fastest expansion franchise to do so. He's the 7th manager in history to win pennants in both leagues. He was Manager of the Year un '90. '92, and '06. On May 1, 2012, he got his 1600th victory as a manager to pass Tommy Lasorda on the all time win list.

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9/30/13 7:53 P

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Alex Avila (1/29/87) - drafted in 2005 but decided to go to the University of Alabama (Go Alabama!!! - I went there the same time he did!) His Dad is Al Aliva - assistant general manager and VP of the Tigers. His godfather is Tommy Lasorda - former LA Dodger manager On April 7, 2013 (the same birthday as my 18 year old niece). his daughter Avery Noelle was born.

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9/25/13 9:36 A

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Don Kelly (2/15/80) is the only active player that has played every position - even pitcher. On 6/29/11, Leland put him in to pitch when he ran out of pitchers. He threw 5 pitches and got Shane Halter of the NY Mets to fly out to Austin Jackson.

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Austin Jackson (2/1/87) - In 2010, he finished 2nd in Rookie of the Year voting. Baseball America named him the best 12-year-old in the nation in 1999 and the best 15-year-old in the nation in 2002. In basketball, he was listed as #10-ranked high school point guard in the country by Athion Sports - no wonder he can jump and catch those balls!

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9/24/13 7:53 A

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Love the info - except the birth years, that just makes me feel old. emoticon

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9/21/13 6:41 A

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Max Scherzer was born in 1984. He was a first round draft pick. He has one blue and one brown eye. He was traded to the Tigers from the Arizona Diamondbakc with Daniel Schleneth, Phil Coke and Austin Jackson in a three team deal that sent Curtis Granderson to the Yankees. He was the first Tiger pitcher to have a 12-0 record and is being considered for the Cy Young Award. He is the first pitcher - as of last night - this year to have 20 wins!!

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9/20/13 7:29 P

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Lovin the info thanks! Plus tell us more!!

Laura. Mio, Michigan

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9/20/13 8:54 A

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I enjoy learning more information about each Tiger and thought it would be good to share what I've learned.

Today, I googled Jose Iglesias. His full name is Jose Antonio Iglesias Aleman and he was born in Cuba on January 5, 1990. He's the first Tiger to wear the #1 since Lou Whitaker - many fans were a little upset as they believe the number should be retired. He drove in a run in his first game as a Tiger and hit a homer in his second game.

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