This summer some people have earned Stanley Cup rings and All-Star nominations but there’s no honor quite as special (and quite as meaningless) as being named to the Detroit Tigers organization’s All-Name team.
Last year 25 men had their hard work rewarded by making the inaugural team. From Al Alburquerque to Jesus Ustariz they’ll all be remembered for their role in that first team. But time moves on. It’s time to name another squad.
Here is the 2014 Tigers organization 25-man, All-Name roster:
C Duncan McAlpine, Low A (First appearance) - McAlpine hasn’t played at all this year. It’s unclear why but the only two explanations are either injury or steroid suspensions and I’m going on the latter. He’s still on the Connecticut Tigers’ roster, though, so he’s eligible for this team and he earns a starting spot because he sounds like an excellent Canadian Mountie.
1B Giancarlo Brugnoni, Rookie Gulf Coast League (First appearance) – As an undrafted free agent out of Grand Valley State, Brugnoni’s got an uphill climb in the baseball world. But with a name like Giancarlo Brugnoni he’ll be able to glide through the general world.
2B Gregoris Hidalgo, Dominican Summer League (Second appearance) - Hidalgo deserves a better fate. If he played in a system that didn’t have as much depth he’d probably have earned an MVP in one of the past two years. Instead, he gets to be one of the few to earn back-to-back starting nods on the All-Name team. As long as he’s in the Tigers’ system, he’s going to be this team’s starting second basemen. Unfortunately he might not be here for much longer. He’s hitting just .181 in the Dominican league.
SS Eugenio Suarez, MLB (First appearance) – The last man cut from last year’s team, Suarez’s play this year earned him a spot on the All-Name team. Last year, I assumed his first name was pronounced like it was spelled: Eugene with an ‘io’ at the end. Then he got called up and the world learned that the letters and the sounds they produce have no correlation: ay-oo-HEY-nee-oo. Even Baseball Reference gave up, offering only the pronunciation of his last name.