Torii Hunter was always called one of the top outfielders in the game of Major League Baseball some years ago. Most of that time was spent with the Minnesota Twins and after that he slowly began to go downhill as far as stats are concerned. Finally this last off-season the Los Angeles Angels decided to go with the younger power bat of high money free agent Josh Hamilton. The Detroit Tigers can’t thank the Angels enough at this point as Hunter has been a key to their success.
As the 2013 season draws to a close I can proudly stand up and say I was one of those who figured Hunter would have another okay but not good year for the Tigers. He is making less money and getting less press so those downer years in Los Angeles must have been indicative of a slope downward in his career. He is approaching the big number of 40 years of age soon after all. Well, not for the first time, I was wrong.
Hunter has shown more than enough is left in his bat, legs, glove and arm to be a top of the line outfielder for years to come. He might get an off day here and there but who doesn’t after their “prime” years are over. Call him older if you want but I suspect Jim Leyland cares not what his age is or how his stats stack up against those he put up a decade ago. I suspect that the Tigers and Leyland only are appreciative that they were able to land Hunter on their team. Great call by whoever decided to bring him in.