Trammell makes 14th appearance on BBWAA ballot
In 1984, Trammell battled shoulder tendinitis to finish fifth in the AL batting race (.314) and eighth in on-base percentage (.382). The Tigers went 104-58 to win the AL pennant and the World Series. Going 9-for-20 with two homers and six RBI, Trammell was named World Series MVP.
“We couldn’t win without Alan,” said Tigers manager Sparky Anderson. “Alan Trammell is a star.”
Anderson asked Trammell to move from the two hole to cleanup in 1987, and Trammell responded with his best season. He became the first Tiger to have 200 hits and 100 RBI in a season since 1955 and finished in the league top 10 in batting average (.343), RBI (105), hits (205), runs (109), total bases (329), on-base percentage (.402) and slugging percentage (.551).
Trammell finished second in MVP voting that year to Toronto’s George Bell.
“I am just proud that I’m a Tiger – and always will be,” said Trammell.
Trammell retired in 1996, with six All-Star Game selections, three Silver Slugger Awards and four Gold Glove Awards. He batted over .300 seven times in his career, finishing with a .285 batting average, 185 home runs, 1,003 RBI, 412 doubles and 2,365 hits. Three times he finished in the top 10 in MVP voting.
Following his playing career, Trammell managed the Tigers from 2003-2005.
“One thing he’s got going for him… He’s a Hall of Fame person,” said former Tigers general manager Randy Smith.