I know all of you have heard about great shortstops in baseball history such as Ozzie Smith and Ernie Banks, but how about a certain shortstop who played his entire career with the Tigers who was an excellent fielder and hitter, but isn't well known among the best? Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Alan Trammell.
Trammell played his entire career with the Detroit Tigers from 1977-1996. He made it to six All-Star Games and also won seven gold gloves. A contact hitting shortstop, Alan hit for a career batting average of .285 and had an average of 80 runs in a season. He won a championship with Detroit in 1984 as they beat the Padres four games to one, and was named MVP of the Series, hitting .450, with two homers and six RBIs. The sad part about his career though, is that he has not been elected into the Hall of Fame yet. However, if the trend of votes for his election doesn't change, and it keeps increasing at its current pace, he will be in the Hall by 2017! The reason I'm so excited about him getting elected is because we share a birthday. Honestly, wouldn't it be awesome to have a Hall of Famer share a birthday with you? Send me a comment and tell me your baseball birthday buddy. Also, don't forget to vote on my all time favorite nickname survey, as there are still a few days left and it's coming down to the wire between The Sultan of Swat (Babe Ruth), The Wizard of Oz (Ozzie Smith) and Mr. October (Reggie Jackson). Just remember that your vote could make the difference. The survey is in the right column above the Blog Archive. Thanks for reading!