Video: Al Kaline’s Hall of Fame Induction Speech — August 1980

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All-time Tigers All-Stars

Cruising through Baseball-Reference’s All-Star section I was able to find a list of every Tigers player named to the American League squad.

Here are a few of the more interesting (i.e., surprising or forgotten) players on the list:

Brad Ausmus, 1999. He batted .275 that year.

Tony Clark, 2001. A solid year for Tony in ’01.

Robert Fick, 2002. Good lord, those were some dark days.

Prince Fielder, 2012, ’13. Seems about right.

Edwin Jackson, 2009. Other than his loss to the White Sox in Game 161, I have almost no recollection of Jackson’s time in Detroit.

Todd Jones, 2000. I guess.

Ron LeFlore, 1976. I’m surprised to see that LeFlore was named to only one All-Star team.

Matt Nokes, 1987. I’d forgotten Nokes was an All-Star but he certainly earned it with a great first half. He almost made us forget Lance Parrish. Almost.

Don Wert, 1968. This one I don’t get, for two reasons: The first is that Wert finished the season batting .200, so I don’t know what he was producing in July. The second is I don’t have any context for All-Star roster construction back then. I was born within three weeks of the game.

Discuss.

June 21, 1970: Tigers’ #7 goes 7 for 7

Gutierrez Cesar 1In the nightcap of a doubleheader in Cleveland, the Tigers’ Cesar Gutierrez goes 7 for 7 with six singles and a double to tie a record set in 1892, in a 12-inning, 9-8 win.

Mickey Stanley‘s home run wins it for the Tigers. Gutierrez came into the game hitting .218, and was hitless in his previous 18 at bats. He will collect just seven hits in all of 1971, and 128 hits for his career.

Here’s the box score.

Bonderman’s Early Inning Woes Continue … Sort of

If there is a pattern with Jeremy Bonderman, it’s that if he’s destined to implode during a start chances are it will be in the first three or four innings. In today’s game he stretched it into the fifth inning before getting shelled. I keep having to remind myself that he’s only 23…

By following their 5 and 0 start with a 1 and 5 slide, the Tigers certainly look like the .500 club most people predicted for this year. But if you look at the standings in both leagues, only the Mets have put together an extended streak of solid play. Everyone else is hovering around .500 — give or take a game. The Tigers need to hang around and they could be okay.

A non-Tigers note: My local team is only one game below .500 but I have to say they are the most boring team I’ve watched since the 2000 Astros.

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