Saturday, June 9, 2012

Craig Monroe

Sent: 5/25/12
Received: 6/2/12
Time: 8 Days
Address: c/o FSN Detroit
Item Sent: 2008 Topps Heritage
Item Received: 2008 Topps Heritage, signed in black Sharpie.

Craig Monroe suffered with some terrible Tigers teams at the beginning of the 2000s, but when they turned their fortunes around in 2006 he was at the forefront.  He had career highs of 28 home runs and 92 RBI during the regular season.  He turned it on even further with an incredible post-season that included five more homers as the Tigers advanced to the World Series.  He got off to a hugely disappointing start in 2007 and was traded to the Cubs for a bag of balls.

Monroe was a notorious Twins killer (.321 with 13 homers and 48 RBI in 80 career games against them), so the Twins brought him in the next year to help provide some right-handed outfield power following Torii Hunter's departure.  He did hit eight home runs in a part-time role, but struggled to keep his average above .200.

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