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Alan Trammell

Alan Stuart Trammell

Born: 2/21/1958 in Garden Grove, CA USA
Bats: R   Throws: R
Height: 6.0   Weight: 165 lb.
Alan Trammell of the Detroit Tigers
Tiger Years
1977 — 1996

1984 World Series Champion
1984 World Series Most Valuable Player
1987 American League East Champion
Detroit Tigers jersey #3

PRIMARY POSITION

SS

All-Time
Tigers Ranking

#4   Lou Whitaker
#5   Alan Trammell
#6   Harry Heilmann
All rankings

Player Bio | Stats

The shortstop half of the longest-running double play tandem in baseball history, Alan Trammell played 20 seasons for the Detroit Tigers and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1984 World Series. He and Lou Whitaker debuted in the same game in 1977 and played 19 seasons together, setting a record for most games played by teammates and double plays turned.

Trammell was a skinny singles hitter in his first few years in the big leagues, but in the second half of the 1982 season he made an adjustment to his batting stance and approach at the plate that vaulted him into another level as a hitter. He started driving the ball more and by 1987 when the Tigers needed someone to replace Lance Parrish in the cleanup spot, Trammell was tapped for the job. He responded with his best season and one of the finest seasons of any shortstop in history. That year Trammell hit .434 with 205 hits, 34 doubles 28 homers, 105 RBI, 109 runs scored, and 21 stolen bases. In September and October, with his club in a fierce battle for the division title, Trammell hit .417 with seven homers and 20 RBI. Still, he finished second in MVP voting to Toronto's George Bell in one of the worst decisions ever by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Trammell was an extremely fundamentally sound player. He wasn't spectacular at any one aspect of the game, but he was very good at almost everything. He used an over the top throwing motion that was accurate and compensated for an average throwing arm. He wasn't blinding fast but he was an excellent base runner and a very successful base stealer. He wasn't large but he employed a quick bat to generate power, hitting 185 homers in his career. He batted over .300 seven times and he was tough to strike out. Because of his solid rather than spectacular skills, Trammell was often overlooked and underrated. As long time Detroit coach Dick Tracewski points out: "At no time would any baseball man have traded Trammell straight up for Ozzie Smith, no chance" but yet Smith was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first season of eligibility while Trammell still waits outside the Hall. "The Wizard of Oz" made flashy plays and was the greatest defensive player at his position of all-time, but Trammell was the better offensive by a large margin.

After his playing career, the sports fanatic Trammell stayed in the game, coaching and then accepting the job as manager of the Tigers in 2003. Strapped with a terrible team with a miserable farm system, Trammell guided the club to an embarrassing 119 losses in his first season. But he righted the shop a bit and had the team over 70 wins in his next two seasons. Still, the front office axed him after the 2005 campaign and replaced him with Jim Leyland. Trammell had proved loyal and taken the helm of a bad team and helped them learn how to win. In 2006, the Tigers went to the World Series the season after Trammell was fired. But others in baseball recognized Trammell's sharp mind and leadership skills and he was hired by Lou Piniella to serve as bench coach with the Chicago Cubs, and later by his former teammate Kirk Gibson in the same capacity with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In the 2012 Hall of Fame election, Trammell received more than 38% of the vote, the highest total of his 11 years on the ballot. He still needs much more support to reach the 75% needed for election, but there are several baseball experts who are championing his case.

Career Record

YearTeam LgGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOAVGOBPSLGGDPHBPSHSFIBB
1977DETAL1943680000004120.1860.2550.18610100
1978DETAL139448491201462343145560.2680.3350.339122630
1979DETAL14246068127114650171443550.2760.3350.357601250
1980DETAL146560107168215965121269630.3000.3760.4041031372
1981DETAL1053925210115323110349310.2580.3420.3271031632
1982DETAL1574896612634395719852470.2580.3250.39550960
1983DETAL142505831613121466301057640.3190.3850.471701542
1984DETAL139555851743451469191360630.3140.3820.46883622
1985DETAL14960579156217135714550710.2580.3120.380621194
1986DETAL1515741071593372175251259570.2770.3470.469751144
1987DETAL1515971092053432810521260470.3430.4020.551113268
1988DETAL1284667314524115697446460.3110.3730.464144078
1989DETAL1214495410920354310245450.2430.3140.33494351
1990DETAL146559711703711489121068550.3040.3770.449111367
1991DETAL101375579320095511237390.2480.3200.37373511
1992DETAL29102112871111221540.2750.3700.39261110
1993DETAL11240172132253126012838380.3290.3880.49672422
1994DETAL7629238781718283016350.2670.3070.41481201
1995DETAL7422328601202233127190.2690.3450.35080324
1996DETAL661931645201166010270.2330.2670.25930130

Totals22938288123123654125518510032361098508740.2850.3520.415156371247648
Per 1621625868716729413711786062113953
DET22938288123123654125518510032361098508740.2850.3520.415156371247648

Postseason Batting Record

YearRound TeamLgGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOAVGOBPSLGGDPHBPSHSFIBB
1984ALCSDETAL31124011300310.3640.5000.81800000
1984WSDETAL52059102611220.4500.5000.80000100
1987ALCSDETAL52034100200120.2000.2380.25020000

Totals135110172131111650.3330.4040.58820100

Feats & Milestones

FeatMDYTeamLgOppLocDetails
1000th Hit001985DETAL
1500th Hit001987DETAL
2000th Hit001991DETAL

Hitting Streaks

GamesYearTeamLgFromToABHR2B3BHRRBIBBSOSB
211987DETA5/246/16853723516181192
201984DETA8/58/22863511612118162

Hall of Fame Voting

YearBallotCategoryVotesPCT
2002BBWAAPlayer7415.7
2003BBWAAPlayer7014.1
2004BBWAAPlayer7013.8
2005BBWAAPlayer8716.9
2006BBWAAPlayer9217.7
2007BBWAAPlayer7313.4
2008BBWAAPlayer9918.2
2009BBWAAPlayer9417.4
2010BBWAAPlayer12122.4
2011BBWAAPlayer14124.3
2012BBWAAPlayer21136.8
2013BBWAAPlayer19133.6
2014BBWAAPlayer11920.8
75% needed for election by the BBWAA