Hall of Fame Poll: Alan Trammell

Trammell tackled by Don Mattingly - Stephen Dunn

Would you vote Alan Trammell into the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Next on the ballot is Mike Timlin....who was a good player for a long time, but come up some short of a Hall of Fame career. He played for 18 seasons, put up a 3.63 ERA, in 1058 games (number 8 on the all time list) with 141 saves. He never made an All-Star team, which seems unfair. On the plus side, he has 4 World Series rings, 2 of them came from the Jays. He was on the mound at the end of the 1992 World Series, and made the throw to Joe Carter, to get Otis Nixon out.

Alan Trammell was a terrific shortstop. There were some good ones in the AL in the 1980s. Trammell, Cal Ripken and Robin Yount changed the way the position was looked at. Before those three, teams tended to go with good glove, bad bat players at short. Those three showed you could have a good glove and a good bat. Ripken and Yount are in the Hall of Fame. Trammell isn't, yet.

Trammell hit 185 home runs, drove in 1023 and stole 236 bases in a 20 year career, all with the Detroit Tigers. His career batting line was .285/.352/.415. You can find his career numbers here.

He was named to 6 All-Star teams, won 4 Gold Gloves and 3 Silver Sluggers. His career WAR is 66.9, 101st on the career list. Bill James had him ranked as the 9th best SS of all time in his New Historical Abstract. He, more than likely, would have dropped a couple of spots in the 10 years since James wrote that.

He played most of his 20 year career with Lou Whitaker (a fine player, if not quite at the same level as Trammell). Off the top of my head I can't think of another pair of middle infielders that played together for most of 19 years.

This is Trammell's 13th time on the ballot, last year he appeared on 33.6% of the Writers' ballots.

Year Age Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Awards
1977 19 DET 19 43 6 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 12 .186 .255 .186 .441 6
1978 20 DET 139 448 49 120 14 6 2 34 3 1 45 56 .268 .335 .339 .675 *6 RoY-4
1979 21 DET 142 460 68 127 11 4 6 50 17 14 43 55 .276 .335 .357 .691 *6
1980 22 DET 146 560 107 168 21 5 9 65 12 12 69 63 .300 .376 .404 .779 *6 AS,MVP-20,GG
1981 23 DET 105 392 52 101 15 3 2 31 10 3 49 31 .258 .342 .327 .669 *6 MVP-21,GG
1982 24 DET 157 489 66 126 34 3 9 57 19 8 52 47 .258 .325 .395 .720 *6
1983 25 DET 142 505 83 161 31 2 14 66 30 10 57 64 .319 .385 .471 .856 *6 MVP-15,GG
1984 26 DET 139 555 85 174 34 5 14 69 19 13 60 63 .314 .382 .468 .851 *6D AS,MVP-9,GG
1985 27 DET 149 605 79 156 21 7 13 57 14 5 50 71 .258 .312 .380 .692 *6 AS
1986 28 DET 151 574 107 159 33 7 21 75 25 12 59 57 .277 .347 .469 .816 *6/D
1987 29 DET 151 597 109 205 34 3 28 105 21 2 60 47 .343 .402 .551 .953 *6 AS,MVP-2,SS
1988 30 DET 128 466 73 145 24 1 15 69 7 4 46 46 .311 .373 .464 .836 *6 AS,MVP-7,SS
1989 31 DET 121 449 54 109 20 3 5 43 10 2 45 45 .243 .314 .334 .648 *6/D
1990 32 DET 146 559 71 170 37 1 14 89 12 10 68 55 .304 .377 .449 .826 *6/D AS,MVP-19,SS
1991 33 DET 101 375 57 93 20 0 9 55 11 2 37 39 .248 .320 .373 .693 6/D
1992 34 DET 29 102 11 28 7 1 1 11 2 2 15 4 .275 .370 .392 .762 6/D
1993 35 DET 112 401 72 132 25 3 12 60 12 8 38 38 .329 .388 .496 .885 65/D87
1994 36 DET 76 292 38 78 17 1 8 28 3 0 16 35 .267 .307 .414 .722 6D
1995 37 DET 74 223 28 60 12 0 2 23 3 1 27 19 .269 .345 .350 .695 6/D
1996 38 DET 66 193 16 45 2 0 1 16 6 0 10 27 .233 .267 .259 .526 64/57
20 Yrs 2293 8288 1231 2365 412 55 185 1003 236 109 850 874 .285 .352 .415 .767
162 Game Avg. 162 586 87 167 29 4 13 71 17 8 60 62 .285 .352 .415 .767
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Awards
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/1/2013.

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