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Andy Van Slyke is the Detroit Tigers' first base, outfield and base running coach. During his playing days, primarily with the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates, Andy, a first-round draft pick in 1979, was a three-time All-Star and winner of five Gold Gloves for defensive excellence and two Silver Slugger Awards as the top offensive outfielder in the National League. He twice finished fourth in National League MVP balloting. Jim Hawkins is the baseball writer and columnist for the Oakland (Mich.) Press. He began covering the Tigers as a 25-year-old rookie reporter in 1970. He returned to the beat in 2006 when the team's games suddenly became meaningful again. This is his sixth book, his fourth on the Tigers, including biographies of former Tiger stars Mark Fidrych (Go, Bird, Go) and Ron LeFlore (Breakout) and The Detroit Tigers Encyclopedia.
This book just told stories about things you already know about the season. Was disappointed there wasn't backfield secrets that were not public.Published 16 months ago by VAMMICHIGAN
THE 2008 TIGERS WERE OVERRATED AND UNDERWHELMING. THEIR VAUNTED HITTING WAS ERRATIC AS WAS THE PITCHING AND FIELDING. THE AUTHOR ANDY VAN SLYKE WAS ALSO THE FIRST BASE COACH. Read morePublished on January 27, 2012 by COOL JEWEL