Tonight Alex Avila is the Tigers’ starting third baseman in the opener of a three-game series in Denver against the Rockies.
Avila’s never played third in the majors but he’s not the first Tigers player to be pressed into action there. Did you know that Al Kaline appeared in two games at third during his career?
In 1961, he played a full nine innings at third, fielding a pair of chances cleanly, with a putout and an assist. Four years later he played 5.1 innings of a game with three chances, two putouts and an assist.
Johnny Wockenfuss, who played mostly at first, catcher and in the outfield, became even more of a utility man for Sparky Anderson when he played … parts of two games – all of 2.1 innings – at third base but never saw any action.
Like Kaline, in 1965 Willie Horton played third but outlasted him be two-thirds of an inning. In one game he played six innings, fielded two chances and earned an assist on both.
Others taking a turn at the hot corner include:
- Mickey Stanley: 18 games over two seasons (1975 and ’76), 61 chances, 13 putouts, 46 assists and two errors
- Alan Trammell: 43 games in two seasons (1993, ’96), 100 chances, 26 putouts, 69 assists, five errors
- Ty Cobb: 1 game in 1918, two chances, with an assist and a putout.
- Charlie Gehringer: 6 error-free games (and 26 chances) in 1926 for The Mechanical Man
I’m looking forward to this experiment. Having Avila’s bat in the lineup is huge and having him at third, well, can’t be any worse than Ryan Raburn.
What do you think?
72-72, 3rd Place; 13.5 GB
Tigers 6 – Orioles 2
Continue reading Tigers Today: September 13, 2010
64-64, 3rd Place; 9.5 GB
Tigers @ Blue Jays | 7:07 p.m. ET – Rogers Center | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM
Justin Verlander (14-8, 3.65 ERA) vs. Shaun Marcum (11-7, 3.70 ERA)
Tigers 7 – Blue Jays 1
Continue reading Tigers Today: August 27, 2010
38-30, 2nd place; 1.5 GB of Minnesota
Tigers @ Mets | 7:10 p.m. ET – Citi Field | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM
Justin Verlander (8-4, 3.54 ERA) vs. LHP Jonathon Niese (4-2, 3.64 ERA)
Tigers 3 – Diamondbacks 1 | Fungo Recap
Continue reading Tigers Today: June 21, 2010
31-29, 2nd place, 4.5 GB of Minnesota
Tigers vs. Pirates | 7:05 p.m. ET – Comerica Park | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM
Jeremy Bonderman (2-4, 4.40 ERA) vs. LHP Paul Maholm (4-4, 3.80 ERA)
Tigers 6 – Pirates 2
Continue reading Tigers Today: June 12, 2010
Tigers’ Record: 5-1
Tigers vs. Royals | 1:05 p.m. ET – Comerica Park | On the air: FSD/1270 & 97.1
Max Scherzer (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Luke Hochevar (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Tigers 9 – Indians 8
Continue reading Tigers Today: April 12, 2010
5:44 p.m. ET: Updated with Tigers lineup
Tigers’ Record: 1-0; Tied for 1st
Tigers @ Royals | 8:10 ET — Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City | On the air: FSD (Joined in Progress at 10 p.m.)/AM 1270
Max Scherzer, 0-0 0.00 ERA vs. Luke Hochevar, 0-0 0.00 ERA
From the Game Notes: Tonight Scherzer is making his second career start at Kauffman Stadium. He earned the win in his previous outing, limiting the Royals to two runs in six innings of work.
- Austin Jackson, CF
- Johnny Damon, LF
- Magglio Ordonez, RF
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B
- Carlos Guillen, DH
- Brandon Inge, 3B
- Alex Avila, C
- Scott Sizemore, 2B
- Ramon Santiago, SS
Continue reading Tigers Today: April 7, 2010
In case you were wondering, here’s how the Tigers have fared against the Mariners since Seattle joined the American League in 1977:
- All-Time Record: 185-152-1
- All-Time at Home: 104-64-1
- All-Time at Comerica Park: 22-18
- All-Time at Seattle: 81-88
Wait a second. The Tigers and Mariners played to a tie? In the 20th century?
This little item sent me scrambling to my favorite site, Baseball-Reference.com, for the details. Here’s what I found:
Continue reading The Curious Case of June 2, 1980: Tigers and Mariners Play to a Tie
He’s 66 today.
Update: My bad. His birthday was Saturday, the 18th.