Earlier this week, I was surprised to learn that the Detroit Tigers do not have a specific Hall of Fame on site at Comerica Park. As Ashley noted earlier Thursday when suggesting the Tigers correct this oversight, other clubs, like the Royals and Reds, have their own Hall of Fames on site at their respective ballparks. I have also been to St. Louis and Boston, a pair of ballparks overflowing with team history. And while Comerica Park does a wonderful job of honoring the past greats that wore the Olde English D, more can (and should) be done.
Today’s Question of the Day risks some overlap with that thread, but is worth asking nonetheless.
Who should be in the Tigers’ Hall of Fame?
The players in the actual Hall of Fame are shoo-ins, of course, as are the five Ashley mentioned in her article earlier today. But a few other easy suggestions include Mark Fidrych, Mickey Lolich, Norm Cash, and several others from the 1968 and 1984 championship teams.
The present day would also have some interesting names. Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera are no-doubt candidates for the Baseball Hall of Fame, and would undoubtedly be included in the Tigers’ version. Max Scherzer will also likely check both boxes, though he may not go into Cooperstown in a Tigers cap. Then there are a slew of players from the mid-to-late aughts who would be deserving, including Magglio Ordonez, Placido Polanco, Brandon Inge — he’d certainly win the fan vote! — and others.
There are a number of different possibilities, however, so I won’t take up all the good suggestions here.