Who's Your 'Unsung' Detroit Tiger of 2012?
Everyone knows the star players, but the baseball world is now getting a glimpse of those other Tigers whose contributions continue to make a difference this season.
Anybody paying attention to these Detroit Tigers knows ace Justin Verlander and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera are again having MVP-caliber seasons.
But every successful baseball team can't just rely on the best players on the roster. Seasons are often defined and cemented when the "other" guys step up when called upon at the right spot at the right time. Several unheralded players had key roles in last year's success, and Patch readers narrowly chose utilityman Ramon Santiago over super-sub Don Kelly in our 2011 unsung hero poll.
Given their diminished roles on this year's team, we didn't expect to see either of those names on this list, but Kelly's late-game heroics Sunday have him back in the running. Or, are you more impressed by starting pitcher Max Scherzer, who delighted Tigers fans with a 16-7 record and several consistent outings down the stretch?
Other candidates that come to mind are outfielders Andy Dirks, who when healthy, batted .322; and Quintin Berry, whose speed, defense and timely hitting provided a necessary spark on multiple occasions.
Now it's up to you to decide. Tell us in the comments who'd you chose for unsung hero this season and why?