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Tom Brookens

Thomas Dale Brookens

Born: 8/10/1953 in Chambersburg, PA USA
Bats: R   Throws: R
Height: 5.8   Weight: 165 lb.
Tom Brookens of the Detroit Tigers
Tiger Years
1979 — 1988

1984 World Series Champion
1987 American League East Champion
Detroit Tigers jersey #16

PRIMARY POSITION

3B

All-Time
Tigers Ranking

#96   Jean Dubuc
#97   Tom Brookens
#98   Hoot Evers
All rankings

Player Bio | Stats

Every season a new hotshot prospect would take aim at the starting third base position with the Detroit Tigers, but every season little Tommy Brookens would emerge with the job. He wasn't a power hitter, a batting title contender, a great defender, or a superstar, but he was a gritty player who got every ounce of talent out of his undersized body. Brookens was a gamer who earned a ring as a member of the 1984 World Series Champions.

A twin, Brookens' brother also played professional baseball, but it was Tom who forged a career in the major leagues after being called up by Detroit in 1979. A versatile player, Brookens was able to play not only the hot corner, but also fill in amply at shortstop, second base, and even the outfield when needed. He was also a good baserunner and stealer, swiping as many as 14 bases in a season. His best year at the plate came in his second year - 1980 - when he batted .275 with a career-best nine triples and 66 RBI.

In 1984 when the Tigers roared to a 35-5 start and went on to dominate their competition to win the Series, Brookens shared playing time with Howard Johnson and Barbaro Garbey, but within a few years they were gone and Brookens was still standing, playing 156 games in '85 and 143 in '87 when the Tigers again advanced to the post-season.

The most amazing game of Brookens' career came in 1989 as a member of the New York Yankees, when injuries forced manager Dallas Green to use the veteran Brookens at cleanup for the Bombers. He finished his career with Cleveland in 1989, having accumulated nearly 1,000 hits.

Brookens served as a minor league manager with the Tigers after his playing career, and Sparky Anderson felt that he should someday get a chance to manage in the big leagues. Brookens was part of the Tigers coaching staff when Jim Leyland became Detroit manager in 2006, a position he continued to hold as of 2012.

Detroit announcer Ernie Harwell dubbed Brookens "The Pennsylvania Thumper."

Career Record

YearTeam LgGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOAVGOBPSLGGDPHBPSHSFIBB
1979DETAL6019023505242110311400.2630.3090.37432410
1980DETAL151509641402591066131132710.2750.3150.418101273
1981DETAL7123919581014255314430.2430.2840.34352460
1982DETAL14039840921539585927630.2310.2770.35290250
1983DETAL138332507113363210429460.2140.2760.32532562
1984DETAL11322432551145266619330.2460.3060.39721810
1985DETAL1564855411534674714527780.2370.2770.37580910
1986DETAL98281427611232511820420.2700.3190.35641620
1987DETAL1434445910715313597433630.2410.2950.37682923
1988DETAL136441621072355384444740.2430.3130.35193642
1989NYYAL661681438604141311270.2260.2720.33330311
1990CLEAL641541841721200014250.2660.3220.35730131

Totals13363865477950175407143186602816050.2460.2960.3676714593912
Per 16216246958115215952107347382751
DET12063543445871162386639785572565530.2460.2970.3696114553510

Postseason Batting Record

YearRound TeamLgGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOAVGOBPSLGGDPHBPSHSFIBB
1984ALCSDETAL2200000000010.0000.0000.00000000
1984WSDETAL3300000000010.0000.0000.00000000
1987ALCSDETAL51300000000030.0000.0000.00000100

Totals101800000000050.0000.0000.00000100