Tuesday, February 26, 2013

#45 Bobby Higginson

LEARNING : modification of a behavioral tendency by experience (as exposure to conditioning) 

Played 10 years all with the Tigers.

As a left fielder he led the league in assists 4 times, putouts 3 times, double plays 3 times, but also in errors committed 3 times.

In 1997 he tied a major league record by hitting four home runs in four consecutive at bats (with some walks in between).

Ended his career with his team never having a winning season.

Broke up Roy Halladays no hitter (in Halladays second career start) with a two-out pinch hit HR in the ninth.

Friday, February 22, 2013

#44 Kirk Gibson

DELIGHTED : highly pleased 

Gibby never played in an All-Star Game!  No way!

2X World Series Champ 1984 Tigers, 1988 Dodgers.

"In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened!" - Vin Scully

1988 NL MVP (edging Darryl Strawberry)
2011 NL Manager of the year (Diamondbacks)

Stole 31 bases in 1988 at 31 years old!

Brother-In-Law of Dave Rozema.

Monday, February 18, 2013

#43 Travis Fryman

COMPOSED : free from agitation : calm; especially: self-possessed 

Begs the question, "Can one be possessed by oneself?

6th in 1990 AL Rookie of the year voting behind Alomar Hr, Kevin Maas, Kevin Appier, John Olerud, and Kevin Tapani.

Led the league in fielding percentage for 3B 1996-97, 1999-00. 

5 time All-Star, Silver Slugger and Golden Glove winner.

I'm tired, that's all I got.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

#42 Cecil Fielder

MIGHTY : great or imposing in size or extent : extraordinary

No doubt.

Set a major league record in 1996 by taking 1,096 games to record his first career stolen base.

Ended his 13 year career with exactly 2 stolen bases.

One of only four players, and the only Tiger, to homer over the left-field roof at Tiger Stadium.

Hit the only home run ever completely out of Milwaukee County Stadium.

Only Tiger ever to hit at least 25 homers in six consecutive seasons. 

No major league player had more home runs between 1990–95.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

#41 Chad Curtis

MOVING : stirring deeply in a way that evokes a strong emotional response 

Did you ever see Chad running in from center full-bore, snagging a fly and then throwing out a runner at third so violently that after he released the ball he did a flying sommersault?
Made me cry every time.

Played all 3 outfield positions in his rookie season 1992.

Was in left field for the Yankees in the 1999 World Series.

Hit two home runs in Game 3, the second being a walkoff.

After being traded to the Rangers in 2000 he became the first right-handed batter to hit a home run into the upper deck in right field at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Stole 48 bases in 1993, but also got caught 24 times leading the league.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

#40 Dave Winfield

WARRIOR : a person who fights in battles and is known for having courage and skill

Does anyone remember Winfield playing for the Indians?

He's a Baseball Hall of Famer and a College Baseball Hall of Famer.

Born on the same day Bobby Thomson hit The Shot Heard Round The World.

Named MVP of the 1973 College World Series - as a pitcher.

Drafted by four different teams in three different professional sports:
MLB Padres, NBA Hawks, ABA Utah Stars, and NFL Vikings ( though he never played college football.)

What a Dude!