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DID YOU KNOW ? (first posted in JULY, 2011)
Posted on: 07-13-2011

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>>caption:   ALL-TIME ALL-STAR

     The old baseball adage of good
pitching beats good hitting has
been proven time and again in
post-season play. It's also true in
the annual MLB All-Star Game.
      Entering the 2011 contest the
composite batting average for all
81 All-Star Games prior was just .247.
      Considering the lengthy list of
Hall of Fame hitters who have played
in ASG history, that's a stunningly
low figure.
      In the 82nd All-Star Game on
7/12/11 at Phoenix, AZ, the American and National League teams went a
combined 15-for-64 for a .234-BA, some 14 points below the all-time average.

      There were no All-Star Games when Tiger HoFamers Ty Cobb, Sam
Crawford and Harry Heilmann played.
      How did other Tiger HoFamers fare in ASG competition?
      Detroit 2Bman Charlie Gehringer, who participated in the very first ASG in
1933, played in six mid-summer classics and went 10-for-20 for the all-time
record with an even .500-BA.   
      Primarily because he played at the same time as New York Yankee great Lou
Gehrig and also because he spent four years in the military during World War II,
Gehringer's fellow Tiger G-Man Hank Greenberg appeared in only two All Star
affairs and hit just .200 on 1-of-5 at the plate.
      Tiger player-manager Mickey Cochrane was the winning American League
manager of the 1935 ASG, but his only appearance as a player was when he caught
in the 1934 game and went 0-for-1 at-bat.
      Tiger 3Bman George Kell was a seven time All-Star. Kell's 4-for-23 lifetime stats
produced a poor .174-BA. Kell represented Detroit in four ASGs and played three
more after being traded away from the Motor City. As a Tiger Kell was 3-for-16 in
ASGs for a .188-BA. An 0-for-6 afternoon in the 1950 game at Comiskey Park in
Chicago doomed Kell's chances of a respectable All Star mark.
      RFielder Al Kaline played in 13 All-Star Games from 1955 through 1974. Kaline's
12-for-37 plate mark was an excellent .324-BA.

      What about non Hall of Fame Tigers who played in multiple All-Star Games?
      In five ASGs 1Bman Norm Cash was a horrid 1-for-13, an .077-BA.
      In nine ASGs OFielder Rocky Colavito hit .240, going 6-for-25, but half of those half
dozen hits were homers. Four of The Rock's All-Star appearances were for the Cleveland
Indians, one for the Kansas City Athletics and four in a Tiger uniform. As a Tiger
Colavito was only 2-for-13 for a .154-BA, but both hits were homeruns and The Rock
had six of his eight All-Star RBIs as a Tiger.            
      Tiger slugger Cecil Fielder was 0-for-5 in three ASGs.
      Detroit's Bill Freehan is best remembered for catching all 15 innings of the 1967 ASG
at Anaheim. In eight ASGs, Freehan went 4-for-17 for a .235-BA.
      All but one of INF Travis Fryman's five ASGs were in a Tiger uniform. He went 1-for-4
as a Tiger for a .250-BA. Overall Fryman went 2-for-6 for a .333 mark in a limited sampling.
      LFielder Willie Horton made all four of his ASG appearances as a Tiger and went 2-for-8
for a .250-BA, just above the norm.   
      SStop-OFielder Harvey Kuenn appeared in five ASGs as a Tiger to go 2-for-12, a .167-BA.
Overall Kuenn played in seven All-Star outings to go 3-for-16 and a .188-BA.
      SStop-2Bman Dick McAuliffe was a three time Tiger All-Star who posted a 2-for-9, .222-BA
mark including a homerun.                                      
      Catcher Lance Parrish went only 1-for-10 for a .100-BA in five games as a Tiger All-Star.
Overall, "The Big Wheel" is a lifetime 2-for-12 and a .167-BA in seven ASGs.
      SStop Alan Trammell is 0-for-3 in four All-Star appearances.
      OFielder Vic Wertz went 2-for-7 as a three time All-Star. In two games as a Tiger All-Star,
Wertz was 1-for-5 (a .200-BA) with that lone hit a homerun in the 1951 ASG at Detroit's
Briggs Stadium.
      Maybe its the 2Base position.....Four time All-Star Lou Whitaker went 4-for-8 to
match Gehringer's .500-BA, but not Gehringer's record (not enough at-bats to qualify).
Whitaker has an All-Star cycle of a single, double, triple and homerun with 4-RBIs.      
      Finally, Rudy York played in four of his five ASGs as a Tiger. Overall York went 4-for-13
and a .308-BA. As a Tiger the big Indian was 3-for-11 and a .273-BA.

      What about current Tigers in ASG competition?
      Both CA Alex Avila and SStop Jhonny Peralta went 0-for-2 in their first All-Star appearances
in 2011.
      1Bman Miguel Cabrera is 1-for-3 and a .333-BA in two ASGs as a Tiger. Overall, Cabby has
played in six All-Star games and is 1-for-8 and a .125-BA.
      INF Carlos Guillen is 1-for-5 and a .200-BA in two ASGs, both representing Detroit.
      3Bman Brandon Inge is 0-for-1 in his only ASG appearance in 2009.
      CA-DH Victor Martinez is 1-for-2 in three ASGs, but has never represented Detroit in the
mid-summer classic, just getting edged out in the internet voting for the final spot on the
2011 AL team.
      RFielder Magglio Ordonez played two ASGs as a Tiger, going 0-for-3 at the plate. Overall
Maggs is 3-for-9, a .333-BA, in six ASGs.



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