Alan Trammell Essentials
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6′ Weight: 165
Born: February 21, 1958 in Garden Grove, CA USA
Debut: September 9, 1977
Last Game: September 29, 1996
Hall of Fame: Inducted as a Player in 2018 by Veterans
Full Name: Alan Stuart Trammell
Alan Trammell was the starting shortstop for the Detroit Tigers for nearly two decades. He teamed with Lou Whitaker from 1977 through 1995, and the pair played more games together than any other teammates in baseball history. In 1984, Trammell won the World Series MVP award when he batted .450 with two homers in the Tigers five-game victory. A clutch contributor, Trammell batted .416 with six homers and 17 RBI in September 1987, helping Detroit win the AL East title by a single game on the last day of the season. Yet despite his herculean efforts, Trammell finished second to Toronto’s George Bell in the Most Valuable Player voting that year. It was one of the worst decisions in award voting history. After his playing career, the popular Trammell returned to manage the Tigers in 2003 and be removed after the 2005 season.
Trammell will be elected into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 2018.
Trammell As a Manager:
“It will take Alan a couple of years to get everything together, and when he does he’ll control the game. The great shortstops all control the game.” â€” Sparky Anderson, in 1980 “He was in the right position to field groundballs, and as a pitcher, you appreciated that. He didn’t dive for the ball like Ozzie Smith did and make it look acrobatic. Tram fielded the ball in front of him.” ï¿½ Milt Wilcox
“…It’s the next best thing to playing. Coaching is not the same. When you’re in charge, and you are in charge of 25 guys, it’s a different feeling.” — Alan Trammell, on being a manager, 2005 “As an infielder, you’d rather go 0-for-4 than make an error, especially the middle guys.” — Alan Trammell
With Montgomery in 1976, Trammell was named MVP of the Sally League.
Late in his career, as he was beset with injuries, Trammell gave way to Travis Fryman, and then Chris Gomez.
Trammell was robbed of the MVP when voters chose George Bell of the Blue Jays. Bell collapsed in September and played a mediocre defensive outfield, while Trammell had one of the finest seasons ever by a shortstop. On the last day of the season, right after Frank Tanana had retired the final Toronto batter to seal the division title, Trammell’s partner Lou Whitaker pulled second base out of the Tiger Stadium infield dirt, signed it “To Alan Trammell, 1987 AL MVP, – Lou Whitaker” and gave it to his teammate. Trammell had hit .343 with 205 hits, 28 homers, 105 RBI, 109 runs, 34 doubles, 21 steals (in 23 attempts) and a .551 slugging average from the cleanup position.
In 1984, Trammell blasted a grand slam off Royals’ relief ace Dan Quisenberry, the first grand slam hit off the submarine pitcher.
Detroit Tigers (1998-1999), San Diego Padres (2000-2002)
Hitting ability and defensive positioning.
After his third or fourth year, his arm strength.
In 1986, Trammell became the second Tiger to collected 20 homers and 20 stolen bases in the same season. The first player to do it was Kirk Gibson. Trammell did it again in 1987.
“Has learned to hit to all fields and with more power than seems possible for a lean infielderï¿½ kills inside and low fastballsï¿½ an outstanding bunterï¿½ power pitchers who can hit spots give him troubleï¿½ He might be the best in the league as far as perfect fundamental fielding. He has excellent range either way, a strong arm, quick release and can turn the double play.” ï¿½ from the 1984 Scouting Report
When Trammell first came to the big leagues he was a scawny, skinny middle infielder, with little power. He had to learn to pull the ball. Later, about 1982, he started to add more muscle and he eventually closed his stance and started spraying the ball with more authority.
Detroit’s Double Play Twins
Trammell and Lou Whitaker gradually evolved into separate individuals, but for many years the two had eerily similar career totals. Through 1986 Trammell had 1,289 games, Whitaker had played in 1,283. The two were within 75 at-bats, 20 hits, 22 runs, three homers, 18 RBI, and 31 total bases of each other. Their career batting average was .281 and their slugging percentages were .403 (Trammell), and .404 (Whitaker). Trammell’s MVP-type ’87 season helped start the divide between the two. As they grew older Lou hit more homers, scored more runs, and stole fewer bases. Trammell hit for higher average, collected more doubles, and played fewer games, due to injury.