Torii Hunter showed everyone on Sunday why he’s still a MLB All-Star at age 37.
Hunter had quite a game in the Detroit Tigers’ 9-6 loss to the Cleveland Indians. It was a loss, but Hunter gave his team a chance to win the game with a dramatic comeback in the top of the eighth. The team was trailing before Hunter belted a three-run homer to tie the game.
The Tiger pitchers could not hold off the Indians, but hunter definitely did his part, as he has for much of the season so far. He’s batting a solid .309 and remains a true All-Star.
As the weather heats up in mid-July, so has Hunter’s batting. He was a key offseason addition for the Tigers to help solidify the outfield and the team’s batting order, and he hasn’t been letting them down in any way. His performance in Sunday at Cleveland shows he can deliver in the clutch as well as anyone.
Many thought the Tigers were overpaying him at $12 million this year, considering he’s 37 and is obviously in the twilight of his career. Hunter is definitely earning his salary, and the way he’s doing it made it impossible to keep him off the All-Star roster. He’s had 12 hits in his last 23 at-bats with two doubles, a triple, two homers, 11 RBIs and five runs scored.
Hunter has driven home 10 runs in the last three games, which demonstrates how clutch of a hitter he’s been. In Saturday’s win over Cleveland, Hunter had a home run, triple and double, and just needed a single but failed to wind up with the cycle. Right now, he’s doing it all.