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Were Trammell And Whitaker Best All-Around Double-Play Combo Ever?

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DETROIT - MARCH 4:  Manager Alan Trammell #3 of the Detroit Tigers watches the game against the Kansas City Royals on March 4, 2005 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers won 11-2.  (Photo by Tom Pidgeon/Getty Images)

DETROIT – MARCH 4: Manager Alan Trammell #3 of the Detroit Tigers watches the game against the Kansas City Royals on March 4, 2005 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers won 11-2. (Photo by Tom Pidgeon/Getty Images)

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Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell were the Tigers’ double-play combination — that is, the second baseman and shortstop — for more than a decade. They won a World Series ring together while racking up a combined 11 All-Star appearances, seven Gold Gloves and seven Silver Sluggers.

The two players might have flown under the national radar — and still do — but they provided the Tigers with invaluable longevity, continuity and, yes, greatness both defensively up the middle and on offense. Despite the modest accolades listed above, both Trammell and Whitaker were actually underappreciated in their time due to a few important factors.

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