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Louis Rodman Whitaker Jr., a.k.a. Sweet Lou, was a mainstay at second base for the Detroit Tigers for 18-plus seasons.
He and his keystone counterpart, shortstop Alan Trammell, hold the record as the longest running double-play combination in major-league history.
Whitaker won Rookie of the Year in 1978, three Gold Gloves and four Silver Sluggers. He was also a four-time All-Star.
His sure glove and timely hitting helped the Tigers win their last World Series, in 1984, making him a beloved figure in Detroit sports lore.
Even though he was dropped from the Hall of Fame ballot in his first year because he received just 2.9 percent of the vote, there are some pundits who believe Whitaker should be in the Hall.
His career numbers are comparable to those of Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan, who retired just as Whitaker was reaching his prime. There are others who argue that once Morgan was done, Whitaker was the best at his position for most of the next decade.
Whether he belongs in the Hall or not, Whitaker's No. 1 -- even though it's not officially retired -- has been hallowed and untouchable since he left the Tigers in 1995.
The Tigers announced via Twitter on Wednesday that newly acquired shortstop Jose Iglesias will wear No. 1.
By most accounts, Iglesias, just 23, has the defensive ability to reach Whitaker and Trammell status before his career in Detroit is over.
But just as it was dubious when the Tigers handed Gary Sheffield No. 3 -- Trammell's old number -- during his short stint in Detroit, this is sure to raise some eyebrows.
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MLive.com’s Chris Iott posted a video highlight package of newly acquired Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias from the Boston Red Sox.
Even though it is just a short set of clips, it is clear Iglesias is an upgrade from Jhonny Peralta in range, quickness and playmaking ability. Many times throughout the package it looks like Iglesias will have to eat the ball, but is able to...
Just when everyone thought the Tigers were done, they pulled a shocker and landed young star shortstop Jose Iglesias from the Red Sox. The acquisition came at a steep price though, as the Tigers gave up one of their top prospects in outfielder Avisail Garcia.
Jose Iglesias, traded to the Tigers Tuesday, tweeted out his farewell to Fenway today.
A big thank you to the @RedSox organization and all of #RedSoxNation for all the love and support these first years of my career. Los amo!
— Jose Iglesias (@JoseIglesias_SS) August 1, 2013
The Red Sox will host Iglesias and the Tigers for a three-game series beginning...
DETROIT -- Dave Dombrowski doesn't know what is going to happen to Jhonny Peralta.
With the trade deadline approaching, he decided he couldn't wait to find out.
In a major trade announced in the first moments of Wednesday morning, the Tigers acquired Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias as part of a three-way trade that saw highly rated outfield prospect Avisail Garcia go to the...
Just before 11:00 and less than two hours after they beat the Mariners to remain half a game behind the red-hot Rays in the AL East, the Red Sox dealt one of their most promising young players for an established Major League starter. Rumored to be on the move during the days and weeks leading up to the trade deadline, the White Sox have agreed in principle to trade one-time 19...
With Jhonny Peralta apparently headed for a lengthy suspension in the Biogenesis case, the Detroit Tigers reportedly acquired Boston infielder Jose Iglesias in a three-team trade on Tuesday night. The move, reported by several national baseball writers, will send Detroit outfield prospect Avisail Garcia to the White Sox, bring Iglesais to Detroit and move Jake Peavy to Boston.
After falling out of first place in the AL East for the second time in the course of a week, the Red Sox do get some schedule relief in the coming days and weeks. Beginning Tuesday, Boston plays 13 of its next 16 games against teams at or below .500.
On Tuesday, the Red Sox begin a three-game home set against the Seattle Mariners, a team whose best hitter in 2013 has been the 41...
By DAVE HOGGFOXSPORTSDETROIT.COM
DETROIT -- Detroit's shortstop of the future spent a couple hours being the second baseman of the present. Now, though, he's a third baseman.
He's also caught in a furor that he knew nothing about, through no fault of his own.
It has certainly been a strange welcome to the Tigers for Jose Iglesias. The Tigers traded for him late Tuesday...
A busy sports day in Detroit just got a busier as fans learned a valuable lesson of NEVER trusting what a general manager has to say.
Hours after Dave Dombrowski made it look as though Detroit wasn’t on the verge of any blockbuster deals or addressing an impending short stop dilemma, the Tigers did a total 180. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Tigers sent outfielder...
The Detroit Tigers guarded against the expected suspension of their
shortstop, Jhonny Peralta, by adding a gifted young replacement,
Jose Iglesias. Call it the Jake Peavy trade. Or call it Biogenesis
Trade I. Biogenesis Trade II is expected Wednesday.
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Meanwhile, the Red Sox now are considerably better positioned for both this season and next as a result of Peavy's arrival. The 32-year-old represents a solid mid-rotation starter who, in 80 innings this...
I’m sure I’m not the only baseball fan that feels this way, but the trade deadline is almost like Christmas in July (if you practice Christmas…insert your own personal holiday of choice if you don’t). Rumors are flying like crazy, and if your team is lucky, they get a new gift.
So far, there have been some big deals, some little deals, and some that haven’t happened. ...