Tuesday, May 13, 2014

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #135 TRAVIS FRYMAN

A BIT UNAPPRECIATED IN DETROIT.



POWER WAS HIS CALLING CARD.



DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • Travis Fryman had the difficult task of succeeding #18 Alan Trammell at shortstop for the Tigers. Maybe he was never fully appreciated in Detroit because he wasn't Trammell and the franchise was in deep decline in the 1990s. Nevertheless, he put together a nice 13-year career in which he hit 223 homers and was a five-time All-Star.

DEFINING MOMENT

  • Fryman made up for a disappointing '98 ALCS by winning Game 1 of the ALDS against the Red Sox on Oct. 6, 1999. With Manny Ramirez on third with one out in the ninth, Fryman singled to left and the Indians won 3-2. The Red Sox would win the series in five games.

DEFINING SEASON

  • In '00, Fryman drove in a career-high 106 runs while hitting 22 homers and slashing .321/.392/.516. He also won his first Gold Glove at third base.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. After splitting time at third and short in '90 and '91, Fryman became the primary shortstop in '92 for the Tigers. He moved to third permanently in '94.
  2. Hit 20-plus homers seven times.
  3. Along with Fryman, the Indians won the Gold Glove at second (#88 Roberto Alomar) and shortstop (Omar Vizquel), the first time a team went gold at those positions in the same year since the Orioles' Brooks Robinson, Bobby Grich and Mark Belanger in '75.
  4. The Tigers traded Fryman to the expansion Diamondbacks in '97 for Matt Drews, Gabe Alvarez and Joe Randa. But Fryman wasn't done moving; nearly two weeks later, he was then sent to the Indians with Tom Martin for #25 Matt Williams.
  5. Fryman currently is the Indians' minor-league hitting instructor.

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