Greenberg’s legacy casts shadow over playoffs

With the Tigers currently in the playoffs, it’s easy to reminisce about the playoff heroics of a Tigers star from years past, Hank Greenberg.

Hank Greenberg
Hank Greenberg

We reported last week that Cabrera was close to eclipsing Greenberg’s postseason franchise record for RBIs. With two RBIs last night against Boston, he’s finally done it. MLB.com made a similar point that we did in our blog about the different circumstances of Greenberg and Cabrera’s postseason efforts:

Greenberg’s 22 RBIs came in 23 career postseason games, all of them in the World Series. Wednesday marked Cabrera’s 33rd postseason game in a Detroit uniform.

But Greenberg casts a longer shadow over another Tigers slugger, first baseman Prince Fielder. Fielder struggled in the regular season, but it’s really his RBI-less postseason that’s drawing attention. It goes without saying that failing to drive in a run is a bad sign for a cleanup hitter. Joey Yashinsky writes that that Prince “doesn’t need to be Hank Greenberg,” (who was known for frequent and timely runs batted in) but he does need to start getting some hits with runners in scoring position if the Tigers are going to make it to the World Series. Read more about Prince, Hank, cleanup hitters and lineup dynamics at Deadline Detroit.

Prince Fielder, 2013
Prince Fielder in June of this year
Photo credit: Keith Allison (flickr)

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