October 23, 2006


Quietly Keeping Tigers Humming: Unassuming Guillen Takes Spotlight (Barry Svrluga, October 23, 2006, Washington Post)

The Detroit Tigers boast about their blandness, thrive in their low-wattage ways. Look at their roster, and try to find a full-fledged, name-in-lights star. Ivan Rodriguez, the catcher? Indeed, he'll likely head to the Hall of Fame. But he could walk down the streets of Manhattan with nary a problem. Magglio Ordoñez? Kenny Rogers? Justin Verlander and Joel Zumaya? Nice players all, but their combined Q-rating doesn't reach that of, say, Michigan-bred Derek Jeter all by his lonesome.

Which brings us to the Tigers' shortstop who has, for the last two postseason series, unassumingly played first base. Sunday night, he didn't draw the attention of Rogers, with his eight scoreless innings, or provide the flair of Craig Monroe, who homered for the second straight night. The most notable factoid about him, before this World Series: In 1998, as a 22-year-old minor league shortstop, he was part of a deal that sent Randy Johnson from Seattle to Houston.

Didn't know that? Doesn't matter. Know this: Sunday night, Carlos Guillen hit an RBI double, a triple, a single and drew a walk, raising his postseason average to .378, keying the offense in a 3-1 Tigers victory that evened the series at one game apiece.

Guillen had a better year than Jeter yet the World Series preview gave Eckstein the edge at ss?

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 23, 2006 12:00 AM
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