Alan Trammell was a complete ball player with his clutch hitting, outstanding defense at shortstop and speed on the base paths. He led the league in sacrifice hits in 1981 & 83, batted over .300 six times in his 17 seasons with the Detroit Tigers. He stole 224 career bases and his 30 in 1983 were the most for any Tiger SS since 1917. The Tigers had 11 straight winning seasons with Trammell at shortstop, and "Sweet Lou" Whitaker at second base. AL managers voted him the smartest and best defensive SS in 1984. In the 1984 World Series, Trammell hit two 2 run homers in game 4 as the Tigers won the game 4-2 and took the World Crown by beating the San Diego Padres 4 games to 1. He narrowly missed the MVP in 1987 when he batted .343, 34 D, 28 HR's, 109 Runs, 105 RBI's, and stole 21 of 23 bases, while striking out only 47 times. Trammell retired and was among the all-time Tiger leaders in doubles, runs scored, hits and stolen bases. Alan Trammell ranks among the greatest shortstops in baseball's long history. He played in 2077 games, batted .288, with 2182 hits, 381 D, 174 HR's, 1149 runs scored, 936 RBI's and 224 SB.
From 2003 to 2005 Trammell had the unnerving task of serving as the Tigers Manager during their "retooling" years, after which he was relieved of his duties when Jim Leyland took the Tigers to the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. In 2007, Trammell switched leagues and went to Chicago as a bench coach for the Cubs. Having only played in an All Star Game in Wrigley in 1990, Trammell now has a chance to see the NL up close and personal on a daily basis.