Cooperstown Chronicles – Alan Trammell

Jan 27, 2008

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Naturally, I am following up Lou Whitaker with Alan Trammell, his partner in crime.  As I mentioned in Sweet Lou’s entry, they formed one of the best double-play combos in baseball history.  You can’t heave Cookies without the Cream or Peanut Butter without the Jelly so this great pair needs to go to Cooperstown together.

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The Numbers
.285 Batting Average
1231 Runs (147th All-time)
2365 Hits (113th All-time – Sweet Lou is 112th)
412 Doubles (132nd All-time)
55 Triples 
185 Home Runs
1003 RBI
236 Stolen Bases
2293 Games (99th All-time)
8288 At Bats (102th All-time)

1984 ALCS & World Series – 31 At Bats, 13 Hits, .419 BA, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 7 Runs, 5 Walks

The Awards
1984 World Series MVP
6 All-Star Games
4 Gold Gloves
3 Silver Sluggers
MVP votes in 7 seasons (Runner up in 1987)

Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average – Five times
On-base % – Four times
OPS – Once
Runs – Three Times
Hits - Once
Doubles - Twice
Triples - Once
RBI – Twice
Total Bases – Once

Just like Sweet Lou, Alan Trammell was a force with the bat and the glove.  He had his finest moment in the 1984 World Series, hitting .450 with 2 HR, 5 runs, and 6 RBI en route to the series MVP.  He was named the ninth best SS of all-time in “The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract“.  Some think he should have had an MVP on his resume when he finished the 1987 season hitting .416 with 6 HRs and 17 RBI in September to help Detroit win the AL East.  Not only did Trammell’s team make the playoffs, whereas George Bell’s didn’t, he hit .343 with 28 HR & 105 RBI with 21 SB.  George Bell did have a solid season batting .308 with 47 HR and 134 RBI.  Trammell wasn’t the big name player like Ozzie Smith or Cal Ripken, Jr., but he held his own against these two HOF shortstops.  I think he should join them in Cooperstown.


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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Mike
    August 20th, 2008 at 12:15 pm #

    Trammell should be in the hall. He was one of the 10 greatest shortstops ever.

  2. LestersLegends
    August 20th, 2008 at 12:20 pm #

    Mike – No doubt.

  3. Doug
    September 10th, 2008 at 7:07 am #

    Definitely deserves it. But you only told half of the story of 1987. Sparky asked Trammell, not really a power hitting threat, to bat cleanup that year, and you showed just the production he had. Where was Bell, too, when Toronto made one of the biggest chokes in baseball history? Trammell was robbed.

  4. LestersLegends
    September 10th, 2008 at 7:20 am #

    Doug – Thanks for adding.

  5. erik
    July 26th, 2009 at 6:28 pm #

    why are people from michigan disrespected. trammel, whitaker and jack morris arent in. mickey lolich should be in too.

  6. LestersLegends
    July 26th, 2009 at 9:46 pm #

    it’s not just michigan. there is an east and west coast bias for whatever reason. Minnesota, for instance, has Jack Morris (though he’s mainly Tigers), Jim Kaat, Bert Byleven, and Tony Oliva.

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