Along with the three players elected by the writers this year, the Hall of Fame’s Modern Era committee elected two players: former Detroit Tiger teammates Alan Trammell and Jack Morris.

The Tigers drafted Trammell in 1976 and he debut with the club when he was only 19 years-old.  He played the next 20 years for the Tigers, spending most of his time at shortstop. His career overlapped with Mussina’s from 1991 to 1996. During these years the Tigers were in the A.L. East, so they played the Orioles 13 to 16 times a season.

Mussina and Trammell faced each other 15 times. Here is a yearly log of their encounters.

Mike Mussina vs. Alan Trammell
Year PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1993 5 5 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 .600 .600 1.200 1.800
1994 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
1995 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400
1996 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
RegSeason 15 15 4 1 1 0 0 0 3 .267 .267 .467 .733
Trammell and Mussina were at opposite ends of their career’s when they met. While Mussina was establishing himself as one of the top pitchers in the A.L., Trammell was well into the decline phase of his career (he did not top 115 games played in any season after 1990).

Trammell and Mussina ran into each other again during the mid-2000s, when Trammell managed the Tigers from 2003-2005.

The only other thing we want to say about Trammell is that he was absolutely robbed of the 1987 A.L. MVP, which went to Blue Jays’  leftfielder George Bell.  Trammell lost by only 22 points. With apologies to Wade Boggs, Trammell should have won in a landslide. Seriously. Go look it up.

As for Trammell’s longtime teammate, Jack Morris, We highly recommend reading our in-depth comparison of Mussina and Morris’ careers from 2014.

Congratulations to Alan Trammell and Jack Morris on their induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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