Cooperstown Choices: Alan Trammell

With the Hall Of Fame election announcement coming on January 9, 2012, it is time to review the ballot, go over the names, and decide who belongs in the Hall Of Fame.

There are twenty seven men on the ballot this year and we will take a look at each one individually prior to official announcements. You can find all of the profiles in the I-70 Baseball Exclusives: Cooperstown Choices 2012 menu at the top of the page.

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In this article, we take a look at Alan Trammell

Alan Trammell
Trammell spent his entire twenty year career playing for the Detroit Tigers. His debut came in 1977 and he retired from the game in 1996. This is his tenth year on the ballot.

Year Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
1977 DET 19 43 6 8 0 0 0 0 0 4 12 .186 .255 .186 .441 21
1978 DET 139 448 49 120 14 6 2 34 3 45 56 .268 .335 .339 .675 89
1979 DET 142 460 68 127 11 4 6 50 17 43 55 .276 .335 .357 .691 85
1980 DET 146 560 107 168 21 5 9 65 12 69 63 .300 .376 .404 .779 113
1981 DET 105 392 52 101 15 3 2 31 10 49 31 .258 .342 .327 .669 91
1982 DET 157 489 66 126 34 3 9 57 19 52 47 .258 .325 .395 .720 97
1983 DET 142 505 83 161 31 2 14 66 30 57 64 .319 .385 .471 .856 138
1984 DET 139 555 85 174 34 5 14 69 19 60 63 .314 .382 .468 .851 135
1985 DET 149 605 79 156 21 7 13 57 14 50 71 .258 .312 .380 .692 89
1986 DET 151 574 107 159 33 7 21 75 25 59 57 .277 .347 .469 .816 120
1987 DET 151 597 109 205 34 3 28 105 21 60 47 .343 .402 .551 .953 155
1988 DET 128 466 73 145 24 1 15 69 7 46 46 .311 .373 .464 .836 137
1989 DET 121 449 54 109 20 3 5 43 10 45 45 .243 .314 .334 .648 85
1990 DET 146 559 71 170 37 1 14 89 12 68 55 .304 .377 .449 .826 130
1991 DET 101 375 57 93 20 0 9 55 11 37 39 .248 .320 .373 .693 90
1992 DET 29 102 11 28 7 1 1 11 2 15 4 .275 .370 .392 .762 114
1993 DET 112 401 72 132 25 3 12 60 12 38 38 .329 .388 .496 .885 138
1994 DET 76 292 38 78 17 1 8 28 3 16 35 .267 .307 .414 .722 84
1995 DET 74 223 28 60 12 0 2 23 3 27 19 .269 .345 .350 .695 82
1996 DET 66 193 16 45 2 0 1 16 6 10 27 .233 .267 .259 .526 34
20 Seasons 2293 8288 1231 2365 412 55 185 1003 236 850 874 .285 .352 .415 .767 110
162 Game Avg. 162 586 87 167 29 4 13 71 17 60 62 .285 .352 .415 .767 110
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/30/2011.

Why He Should Get In
Trammell was one of the last great defensive short stops before the influx of guys that made the position an offensive juggernaut. Trammell would make five All Star appearances, four Gold Glove awards, three Silver Sluggers, and would garner MVP votes in seven different seasons. His 2,365 hits and 412 doubles with his .285 career batting average deserve a look.

Why He Should Not Get In
While his career was respectable, it begins getting overshadowed by the arrival of offensive minded shortstops that posted much better numbers in key categories. Had he been a bit more dominant in the defensive side of his game, it would help overcome his slightly low offensive numbers.

Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball as well as the Assignment Editor for BaseballDigest.com.
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Author: Bill Ivie

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