Alan Trammell is the best Tigers shortstop there will ever be. One of the most exciting plays in baseball is the double play, and when you’re a Detroit Tigers fan, you automatically think about Trammell and Lou Whitaker when it comes to the best in the business when it comes to turning one of those. They played side by side for 19 seasons for the Tigers, which is something you’ll probably never see again. All of us fans in Michigan are still waiting for them to be placed in the Hall of Fame. Maybe one day they’ll be placed there as a combination since it’s hard to think of one without the other.
This article is going to be focused on Alan Trammell, his playing days, and his managing days in Major League Baseball.
Alan Trammell was born on February 21, 1958, in Garden Grove, California. He was a baseball star at Kearny High school In San Diego. In the second round of the 1976 amateur draft, he was drafted by the Detroit Tigers. He was called up from the Minors the very next season in 1977. Trammell batted .300 in 1980 and made the All-Star team for the first time. He won the MLB Comeback Player of the Year Award in the American League in 1983 when he batted .319 with 14 home runs and 66 RBIs. The very next season in 1984, he helped the Detroit Tigers win a World Series Championship, defeating the San Diego Padres in five games. That would be the only World Series he would ever get to play in, but at least the one that he did get to play in, they won.
During his baseball career with the Tigers Allan played in six All-Star games in 1980, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, and 1990. He also won four gold gloves in the American League in 1980, 1981, 1983, and 1984. Despite having a lot of good players, the Tigers did not have very many winning seasons during the years Trammell played on the team. They finished in last in their division more times than I personally would like to remember. With that being said, he and Lou Whitaker were the best double play combination in the history of baseball. Win or lose, if you went to a Tigers game and got to see a home run or a double play by these two, it was worth the price of admission.
After the 1996 season, Allan retired from Major League Baseball with a career batting average of .285, 185 home runs, and 2,365 RBIs.
In 2003 Alan Trammell became the manager of the Detroit Tigers. He managed there for three seasons in 2003, 2004, and 2005. Unfortunately, during those three seasons, the Tigers never finished better than second to last in their division, continuing with their losing ways. He was replaced by Jim Leyland the next season in 2006 when the Tigers had a huge turn around, not only making it to the playoffs, but all the way to the World Series where they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in five games.
Alan is currently a bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks under his former teammate Kirk Gibson who is the manager. He’s been on the Hall of Fame Ballot every single year since 2002. I hope and pray that 2014 will be the year that he gets voted in because he definitely deserves it. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Hall of Fame or not, Alan Trammell is the best Tigers shortstop there will ever be.
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