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Saturday, June 6, 2020

MLB community pays tribute after Tigers legend Al Kaline dies at 85

The Detroit Tigers lost one of the best players in the history of their franchise on Monday, as Hall of Famer Al Kaline has died at age 85.

A close friend of the Kaline family confirmed to John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press that Kaline died at his home. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Kaline, who was nicknamed “Mr. Tiger,” spent 22 years with Detroit from 1953-1974. He hit .297 in his career with 3,007 hits, 399 home runs and 1,583 RBI. He was named an All-Star 18 times, won 10 Gold Glove Awards, and captured the American League batting title when he was just 20 years old in 1955. Kaline also helped the Tigers win a World Series in 1968.

Upon retiring, Kaline joined the Tigers’ television broadcast as a color commentator. He remained in that role until 2002, and he was a part of Detroit’s front office up until his death.

Following news of Kaline’s death on Monday, several members of the MLB community took to social media to share their condolences.

The tributes to Kaline showed that he was respected as much for his kindness and generosity as he was for his incredible play on the field.

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