By Fred Wallace
Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire. "
In the mid-1970's, my favorite baseball team, the Oakland Athletics, sold all of the stars that I'd followed for most of my childhood.
I felt betrayed and reacted in the manner of a typical teenager and found a new team by 1977; the dreadful Detroit Tigers.
The Tigers, winners of just 74 games in 77, began a steady rise and by 1984, they were World Series Champions, truly a dominant team.
My favorite player on the Tigers was Alan Trammell, a 2nd round prospect who arrived in 1977 and 40 years later is newly elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Modern Era committee.
Trammell was the World Series MVP in 1984, batting .450 as the Tigers more or less routed San Diego for the title.
A few years later, and Blue Jay fans will certainly remember this, Trammell and the Tigers staged a last week rally to catch and bypass the Toronto Blue Jays for the 1987 American League East crown.
For 30 years, Blue Jays fans have countered that in spite of the collapse, Toronto had the league MVP in George Bell.
I've always thought that Trammell was the true MVP that season.
Through injuries in 1987, Trammell found himself batting cleanup rather than his normal # 2 slot.
And from the cleanup position he promptly hit 28 homers, scored more than 100 times and drove in more than 100 runs, all the while playing a more demanding defensive position than Bell with the Blue Jays.
It probably doesn't matter to Alan Trammell, but when he enters the Baseball Hall of Fame in July in my mind he'll do so as a World series MVP and an uncrowned regular season MVP.
I'm Fred Wallace