My last post regarding the Tigers managerial change generated more responses than any other post on the blog. There is no question that Tram was a respected Tiger as a player, but for some reason many "fans" soured on number 3 because he was not able to get the team over .500 as a skipper. In the months leading to his dismissal, some of the attacks on Tram became personal. Because of that, I have been asked by many people if Trams legacy has been tarnished or destroyed because he wasn’t able to get it done as a manager.. My answer: not a chance.
My lasting memories of Tram will always include sitting in the bleachers at Tiger Stadium on a cool October afternoon and watching him take Eric Show deep twice in Game Four of the 1984 World Series. Watching him play in six All Star games and winning the MVP award in the ’84 World Series. Watching him win four gold gloves and representing the city for twenty seasons while never wearing another uniform during his playing days. These are my memories of the greatest Tigers shortstop of my time. Three seasons as manager will never erase that.
Do people remember the Willie Mays that hit .211 his final season in the big leagues, or the Hall of Famer who was one of the greatest center fielders of all time? How about the Babe Ruth that hit .181 in his last season with six home runs, or the Bambino who finished with 714 homers and is considered one of the greatest sluggers of all time?
Trams record and legacy speaks for itself and his record as a manager will never change that. Nor should it.