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duke of dorwood
11-21-2001, 06:36 AM
From Detroit Free Press

Speculation became reality Tuesday, when Tony Clark and the Tigers parted company.

Some highs and lows in Tony Clark's six full seasons with the Tigers:
* All-rookie team, 1996.

* Averaged 31 homers for four years, 1996-99. Fifth Tiger to hit 30 for three straight years.

* Plagued by injuries. Battled wrist and shoulder problems this year. Missed 102 games in 2000. On disabled list seven times.

* Made All-Star team this year.

* Career statistics:

772 428 783 156 514 .277

The team's starting first baseman for the past six seasons, and its lone All-Star representative in 2001, was claimed on waivers by the Red Sox. The Tigers had put Clark on waivers Friday; Boston was the only team to attempt to claim him.

Clark said "rumors had been flying around for the last three years" that the Tigers were trying to deal him. Still, when he heard Tuesday that he was going to Boston, he had to "step back and take a deep breath."

"Unfortunately it just didn't work out with the Tigers," Clark said.

Clark, 29, was limited to 13 homers and 37 RBIs in 60 games in 2000 because of a bad back. In 126 games last season, he hit .287 with 16 homers and 75 RBIs, while hampered by a sore right wrist.

In each of the three seasons before 2000, Clark had at least 31 homers and 99 RBIs.

Clark, the Tigers' top draft pick in 1990, took at least part of the blame for his falloff at spacious Comerica Park. "From a power-hitting standpoint, it can be frustrating," Clark said. Clark's close friend, Damion Easley, was with him when he got the news. Easley said he's happy Clark is going to a team that's "consistently trying to win."

11-21-2001, 09:17 AM
I'm surprised they couldn't deal him before. Then again, Detroit is a screwed up organization.

duke of dorwood
11-21-2001, 09:28 AM
Might be a good time to go after Weaver. Doubt if they'd trade him in division