The Detroit Tigers are one of the many teams in the Major League Baseball. They are the oldest one-name, once-city franchise in the American League Football. They have won a total of four World Series, and have produced the best players in baseball history. During the start of their team, they have achieved numerous victories but as the years passed, they have also suffered major loss, and drought of winning. They have hired different coaches and traded best players, in the end; they have proved that they are one tough team to beat. As mentioned, the Detroit Tigers have produced best players, let’s see who are the best Tigers ever to won the Golden Glove Award.
10. MICKEY STANLEY
Born as Mitchell Jack Stanley, he began his baseball career when he was still in college. He played for the Detroit Tigers in his entire baseball career from 1964-1978. Mickey Stanley was considered as one of the best out fielders in baseball history. In his career with the Detroit Tigers, he has won one World Series, and received four Golden Glove Awards. When he retired, his overall career statistics is .248 Batting Average, 117 Homeruns, and 500 Runs Batted in.
9. ED BRINKMAN
Born as Edwin Albert Brinkman, he began his baseball career when he was still in high school. He debut in Major League Baseball on 1961, playing for the Washington Senators. In 1971 he was traded to the Detroit Tigers, and on 1972, he won the Tiger of the Year award given by the Detroit baseball writers. In his stay with the Tigers, he was one of the All-Star selections for the year 1972, he later received his first and only Golden Glove Award on 1973, a year before he left the Tigers for the St. Louis Cardinals.
8. AURELIO RODRIGUEZ
Born as Aurelio Rodriguez Ituarte, Jr., he began playing professional baseball for the California Angels on 1967. He played for two teams before finally being at the Detroit Tigers. He played for the Tigers for eight years, and earned his first and only Golden Glove Award on year 1976. He was a member of the Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame, and is inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame on 2002. He died on September 23, 2000, being hit by a car driven by a woman whose license was suspended; Rodriguez was 52.
7. ALAN TRAMMELL
Born as Alan Stuart Trammell, he made his professional debut on 1977, playing for the Detroit Tigers along with close friend, and double play partner, Lou Whitaker. Though he didn’t possess a good arm, he was known for his quick release and accurate throws, thus, earning him a total of four Golden Glove Awards. He played his entire baseball career for the Detroit Tigers, and he earned them one World Series Championship.
6. LOU WHITAKER
Born as Louis Rodman Whitaker, Jr., he made his professional baseball debut on 1977 in the Detroit Tigers together with his friend Alan Trammell. He played for the tigers in all his baseball career, from 1977 to 1995. Along with his friend Alan Trammell, they were known to be the best double-play partners in Major League history. In his 18 year baseball career, he won one World Series, and received a total of three Gold Glove Awards, and four Silver Slugger Awards.
5. LANCE PARRISH
Born as Lance Michael Parrish, and nicknamed as “The Big Wheel”, made his professional debut on 1977 in the Detroit Tigers. He played for them for nine years, and during his stay, the team won, one World Series. Three years after his debut in pro baseball, he was considered as the best catcher. In his career with the Detroit Tigers, he won three Golden Glove Awards, and five Silver Slugger Awards. He retired on 1995 with the Toronto Blue Jays.
4. GARY PETTIS
Born as Gary George Pettis, he made his professional debut in baseball on 1982 with the California Angels. After staying five years with the Angels, he then went on to play for the Detroit Tigers, playing for them for two consecutive seasons. In his stay with the Tigers, he received two Golden Glove Awards. He left the Tigers and went on to play for two different teams for three years. He came back to play for the tigers, making it his last season in his career. He retired in 1992, and is now third-base coach for the Texas Rangers.
3. IVAN RODRIGUEZ
Born as Ivan Rodriguez Torres, and nicknamed as the “Pudge”, he began playing baseball at a very young age. He made his professional debut on 1991 in the Texas Rangers. After 17 years with the Rangers, he went on to play for the Florida Marlins for one year, then finally in the Detroit Tigers for four years. During his stay with the Tigers, he received three Golden Glove Awards, and one Silver Slugger Award. He is regarded as one of the best catchers of all time in baseball history.
2. KENNY ROGERS
Born as Kennethe Scott Rogers, and nicknamed as, “The Gambler”, began his professional baseball career with the Texas Rangers in year 1989. He played for the Rangers for six years before he went on to play for the New York Yankees. He played for six different teams before finally being at Detroit Tigers in year 2006, sealing a $16million contract. The Tigers was his last team before his retirement in 2008, making him the oldest baseball player in the AL. In his career with the Tigers he received one Golden Glove Award, being known as one of the few finest pitchers in baseball. He was reported to never formally retired in MLB.
Born as Placido Enrique Polanco, is a Dominican-American professional baseball player. He received his U.S. citizenship in year 2008, he was then playing for the Detroit Tigers. He played for the Cardinals and Phillies before he played for the Tigers. He was with the Tigers for four years, and during that time, he received two Golden Glove Awards, one Silver Slugger Award, and was the MVP for the 2006 ALCS. He left the Detroit Tigers in 2009, and is now currently playing for the Florida Marlins.