January 3, 2011

Cooperstown 2011: Alan Trammell

ALAN TRAMMELL
Tenth Year on Ballot  (22.4%)

PLAYING CAREER: Detroit Tigers (1977–1996)

ACHIEVEMENTS:  Career batting average of .285 with 2365 hits, 185 home runs, 1003 RBI and 1231 runs scored.  Hit .300 or better seven times.  Twice put together hit streaks of 20-games or longer.  1984 World Series champion and Series MVP.  Four-time Gold Glove Award winner (1980-1981 and 1983-1984).  Six-time All-Star selection (1980, 1984-1985, 1987-1988 and 1990).   

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ON TWITTER:

@burneystweets:  Jack Morris IS a Hall of Famer.....and so are Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell for that matter too

@SandlapperSpike:  For the writers who voted Jack Morris for the Hall of Fame...you're voting for the wrong Tiger. Alan Trammell should get your vote instead.

@spacemnkymafia:  Alan Trammell gets a loud ovation as he stands in because he's a future Hall of Famer, RIGHT BBWAA?


HOVG THOUGHTS:  For some reason, Trammell has become the Bert Blyleven of some Hall of Fame discussions and I'm not sure why. When he played, like Blyleven, he was so overshadowed by some of the other guys out there that no one would have considered him a lock for Cooperstown. Now, long after retiring and having spent a number of years on the ballot…people start banging his drum. Why? I liked Trammell, it’s true…but I don’t see it, gang.


1 comment:

Bill said...

The much better question is why not. True, he was underrated while he played, but it's funny to hear people cite that fact like it's a reason to just keep the injustice going.

He clearly should've won the MVP in 1987, for example, in place of George Bell, and you could argue that he deserved it in 1984 as well, over his teammate Willie Hernandez, one of the worst picks in history. Is a guy who was arguably the best player in his league twice and was just a good-to-very-good offensive and defensive shortstop for the rest of his long career a Hall of Famer? It seems to work for Ozzie and Cal and will eventually work for Larkin, so it's hard to figure out why Trammell is being treated differently, other than the voters' failure to give him at least one of those deserved MVPs, and the more facially impressive offensive stats the guys who came after him got to put up because of the era they played in.

He's right around the tenth best shortstop in all of baseball history. Seems to me that alone ought to be enough. I think Whitaker was even more deserving, and I don't think Trammell has been quite as egregious a snub as Raines, McGwire, Santo, Blyleven, Grich or Whitaker, but I do think he belongs.