Two weeks ago, Detroit Tigers rookie Quintin Berry was announced as the recipient of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters’ Associates Rookie of the Year Award. This week, it was announced that Berry will be given the Tenth Man Award by the Detroit Baseball Society.
Berry will receive the 2012 Tenth Man Award on January 26th. The award is meant to award a player who is not in the lineup every game, but still contributes. Last year, the award went to utility player Don Kelly.
In the 2012 season, Berry saw his first major league experience after spending seven years in the minors. The Tigers outfielder, who was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the fifth round of the 2006 MLB Draft, was a key speedster for the team. Berry led the team with six triples and 21 stolen bases. Berry hit .258, with an impressive .330 on-base percentage. The Tigers player filled in nicely at all three outfield when injuries to Austin Jackson and Andy Dirks left the Tigers short. Berry also filled in at the leadoff hitter spot normally held by Jackson.
Berry became a fan favorite with his speed and dugout excitement. The Tigers outfielder hit safely in his first six games in the majors. After Jackson returned from injury, Berry was seldom used and saw his statistics decline.
The tenth man award could be a curse for Tigers players. Kelly was not re-signed by the Tigers during the off-season and Berry now finds himself in a crowded outfield position battle with the team. Berry contributed when needed for the Tigers and will hopefully be rewarded with some starts in the 2013 season.