Rob Deer wasn’t with the Tigers for very long, but he did hit his share of homers in Detroit (71 HRs and 167 RBIs in 1,354 plate appearances) and I loved watching him swing with all his might.
On Sunday in Milwaukee the Brewers will give away Rob Deer bobbleheads and it’s fashioned to match the April 27, 1987, Sports Illustrated cover on which Deer appears.
I wish I could be there to get one.
- Born: Sept. 16, 1960 in Oklahoma City
- Height: 6′ 2″ Weight: 200 lb.
- Acquired: Traded by the Orioles to the Tigers for Jeff Robinson on Jan. 11, 1991.
- Seasons in Detroit: 4 (1991-94)
- Uniform Number: 20
- Stats: .249 avg., 112 HR, 333 RBI, .867 OPS
- Awards: Silver Slugger (1991, ’92) All Star (1994)
Who didn’t like Mickey Tettleton? He was built like a tank, stood ramrod straight at the plate and could crush the ball from either side of the plate. And, he wasn’t half-bad behind the plate.
Tettleton came to Detroit in a steal of a trade from the Orioles 20 years ago next week, the Tigers sending once-promising righty Jeff Robinson to Baltimore in the deal.
After four nondescript seasons with the A’s in which he never hit more than 10 home runs, Tettleton was released by Oakland and signed by the Orioles at the end of March 1988. That season he hit 11 homers but struck out 117 times in 411 at bats.
In 1989, however, he became a dangerous hitter, clubbing 26 homers and earning an All-Star appearance. And while his strikeouts rose along with his plate appearances, so did his walks. In 1990, he fanned 160 times (a career high) but walked 106.
Why would the Orioles, who weren’t exactly brimming with offensive talent, want to part ways with Tettleton? According to this story, they “did not want to pay him more than $1 million to be backup to Bob Melvin.” Bob Melvin! And shortly thereafter his ticket to Detroit was punched.
“He has good defensive skills and is adept at working with pitchers,” acting Tigers General Manager Joe McDonald said. “In addition, he brings even more punch to our lineup.”
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In two-and-a-half years with the Tigers (1991 through mid ’93), Rob Deer, #45 in your scorecard, hit 71 home runs and drove in 167 runs. He also struck out 426 times — that’s 37 percent of his 1,164 at bats.
Still, it was fun to watch him swing the bat with all his might every time up. And, oh, when he made contact…
Let’s wish Rob Deer a Happy 48th Birthday.
Raburn turns 27 today.
A bevy of Tigers historical items occurred on this date in history. Here they are courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com:
1955 – Al Kaline hits three home runs in Briggs Stadium, including a pair in the sixth inning, to drive in six runs. The Tigers rout the A’s 16-0, behind Steve Gromek‘s strong pitching.
1960 – Cleveland Indians general manager Frank Lane, notorious for his multiple transactions, send American League home run king, Rocky Colavito, to the Detroit Tigers for the league’s defending batting champion, Harvey Kuenn. The trade is especially unpopular with Indians fans, who regard Colavito as their most popular player and best hitter.
1993 – The Detroit Tigers score 20 runs in a game for the second time this week, beating the Seattle Mariners, 20 – 3. Rob Deer is 1-for-2 and scores four runs, while Travis Fryman has four hits and scores five times. Chad Kreuter adds four hits and three runs and Gary Thurman paces the Tigers with four RBI. [Editor’s note: Gary Thurman?!]
2006 – Detroit’s Chris Shelton and St. Louis’ Albert Pujols hit their major league-leading ninth home runs, joining Mike Schmidt (1976), Larry Walker (1997) and Luis Gonzalez (2001) as the only players in MLB history with at least nine home runs in his team’s first 13 games.