Tom Brookens
American baseball player
Tom Brookens
Thomas Dale Brookens is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Detroit Tigers (1979–1988), New York Yankees (1989), and Cleveland Indians (1990). Brookens is currently the first base coach for the Tigers.
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La Russa - Baseball has room for intensity
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Tony La Russa is old school, like the Cardinals team he handed down to Mike Matheny, and while he might not condone an overabundance of flash, let the record show he never tried to eliminate it altogether. St. Louis is a traditional baseball town, and La Russa, who managed there 16 years compared with 10 in Oakland and eight in Chicago, cited a quick history of Cardinals tradition, dating to the '30s, which might explain the Busch Stadium culture of today. The 2013 Dodgers were as free with their emotions as their spending, showing off in the playoffs on a regular basis, from Puig celebrating a homer that didn't happen and a triple that did (all on the same play) to Adrian Gonzalez wiggling his fingers on each side of his head to produce Mickey Mouse ears after St. Louis' Adam Wainwright accused him of doing "Mickey Mouse stuff." La Russa, now an MLB executive with a tree that branches throughout the majors (including Curt Young and Mike Gallego in Oakland and Walt Weiss in Colorado ...
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Path traveled to title is uncharted for Tigers - MLB.com
Google News - over 5 years
Tom Brookens was a 13-homer third baseman, not a coach on the other side of the infield. Yes, it's been that long. It just feels like they've been there recently because they've come so close. The way they pulled away the last few weeks,
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From World Champion to Royal Oak Icon - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
His teammates were Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker, Kirk Gibson, Tom Brookens, Chet Lemon and Lance Parrish, among others. Hall of Famer Sparky Anderson managed them. After a career with 119 wins and a World Series ring, in retirement Wilcox found
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Doug Fister brings back memories of '87 Doyle Alexander deal - Detroit Free Press
Google News - over 5 years
CHICAGO -- First-base coach Tom Brookens is the one man in a Tigers uniform now who knows firsthand how much Doug Fister's stingy performance this season resembles the undefeated performance right-hander Doyle Alexander turned in after he joined the
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Aggressive approach helps Jackson thrive - MLB.com
Google News - over 5 years
That point came from first-base and baserunning coach Tom Brookens. If that sounds familiar, it's because it is a similar message to what then-Tigers coach Andy Van Slyke told Curtis Granderson during his second full season in the big leagues
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No end in sight for Tigers' second base rotation - The Detroit News
Google News - over 5 years
By playing in his 980th game at third base on Friday night, Brandon Inge passed Tom Brookens for third-most games played at that position in Tigers' history. Those still ahead of him are Aurelio Rodriguez at 1236 and Don Wert at 1036
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Baseball notables - Boston Globe
Google News - over 5 years
■Brandon Inge played his 979th game at third base for the Tigers, tying Tom Brookens for third at that position on the team's career list. ■Third baseman Adrian Beltre (hamstring) was activated from the disabled list by the Rangers and batted fifth
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Tigers lose 11-8, settle for split with Royals - The Associated Press
Google News - over 5 years
NOTES: Brandon Inge played his 979th game at third base for the Tigers, tying Tom Brookens for third at that position on the team's career list. ... The Tigers begin a big three-game series with the White Sox at home Friday night
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Tigers' Alex Avila has longest catcher's streak in majors - Detroit Free Press
Google News - over 5 years
NOTEBOOK: Tigers first-base coach Tom Brookens acknowledges he's pulling for the Arizona Diamondbacks to win the National League West because his friends and former teammates, Kirk Gibson and Alan Trammell, are Arizona's manager and bench coach,
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A Few Days in Tampa Bay - Gack Sports
Google News - over 5 years
We also (horrifyingly and hilariously) saw Jim Leyland and Tom Brookens sunbathing together by the pool. In swim trunks, no shirts. This is a sight we both honestly never ever ever ever thought we'd see. Also, our mom has a small crush on Brookens from
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Little miscues add up to critical Tigers' loss - FS Detroit
Google News - over 5 years
Note: First-base coach Tom Brookens was not at his usual post Wednesday night. Instead, Rafael Belliard manned the spot. "He was ill so we had to put Rafi out there," Leyland said. "Tommy was nauseated and felt like he was going to throw up
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Tigers Announce Extensions For Jim - My Cincinnati Reds Blog (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Perhaps they're waiting until Phil Nevin or Tom Brookens are ready to take over, I don't know. A lot of Tiger fans dislike Leyland for his stubborness in bullpen usage and curious lineups, but pretty much every manager refuses to take the optimal
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Betemit making smooth transition - MLB.com
Google News - over 5 years
But with recent talks from first-base coach and baserunning coach Tom Brookens, he had the thought in his mind. Brookens had mentioned it in passing Tuesday afternoon before batting practice. He wasn't expecting it to come into play so soon,
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Tigers catcher Alex Avila's father, grandfather guide path to All-Star glory - Detroit Free Press
Google News - over 5 years
Tom Brookens, the first-base coach who managed the young catcher in the minors, said Avila "progressed much faster than anybody ever anticipated." Brookens added that Avila's rapid ascent is "not the norm," especially for catchers
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TRANSACTIONS
NYTimes - over 10 years
BASEBALL American League BOSTON RED SOX--Named Duane Gustavson, Laz Gutierrez, Tony Guzzo, Edgar Perez and Josh Loggins area scouts; Eddie Romero coordinator, Latin America operations; Jose Zapata manager and Nelson Paulino bench coach of its Dominican Summer League team; and Ricard Petit scout for Venezuela. DETROIT TIGERS--Named Matt Walbeck
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NYTimes - about 12 years
BASEBALL American League ANAHEIM ANGELS -- Named Bryn Smith pitching coach and Dino Ebel manager of Salt Lake of the PCL, Tom Gamboa manager of Arkansas of the Texas League, Tyrone Boykin manager of Rancho Cucamonga of the California League, Tom Kotchman manager of Orem of the Pioneer League and Craig Grebeck hitting coach for Mesa of the Arizona
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BASEBALL; For Red Sox Fans, Exquisite Torture
NYTimes - almost 14 years
The pitcher everyone was waiting to see and to skewer bounded out of the third-base dugout at 6:50 tonight, looking the way the once-dominant Mike Tyson used to look on his way into the ring. Menacing. His head was down, his steps were choppy, his shoulders were hunched forward and his arms were bare. Long sleeves are anathema to Roger Clemens. By
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SPORTS PEOPLE: BASEBALL; White, Evans Move On
NYTimes - over 26 years
Frank White, a Kansas City Royals infielder for 18 years, filed for free agency yesterday, the same day that the Boston Red Sox asked waivers on Dwight Evans, who played for them for 18 years. Both actions came after the teams said they would not offer the players contracts. Evans waited for his release rather than filing immediately for free
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tom Brookens
    FIFTIES
  • 2012
    Age 58
    Brookens was ejected from a game by umpire Paul Emmel on May 24, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details A week later, he was thrown out of a contest in Boston by umpire Jeff Nelson. Tom's twin brother Tim was also drafted in 1975, by the Texas Rangers; he was later traded to the Tigers organization, but never made the majors. (In spring training, Tim and Tom would sometimes switch identities, even suiting up in other's uniforms; Tim is believed to have played at least one exhibition game disguised as Tom.) Their cousin, Ike Brookens, pitched for the Tigers in, while Ike's son Casey Brookens also played in the minors in the 1990s before retiring to become a successful high school coach in Pennsylvania.
  • 2008
    Age 54
    After winning a championship with the Whitecaps, the Tigers promoted Brookens again in 2008, this time to the Erie SeaWolves, their Class AA - Eastern League affiliate.
    More Details Hide Details On November 9, 2009 the Detroit Tigers hired him as their new first base coach. The move reunites Brookens with Tigers manager Jim Leyland, who had managed Brookens in the minor leagues in the 1970s; many believe Brookens is being groomed as Leyland's eventual replacement as Detroit's skipper.
  • 2005
    Age 51
    Brookens in 2005 and 2006 was the manager of the Class A New York - Penn League Oneonta Tigers in the Detroit Tigers minor league system.
    More Details Hide Details In, Brookens was hired to lead the West Michigan Whitecaps which won the championship of the Class A - Midwest League that year.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1980
    Age 26
    Brookens also has the dubious honor of sharing (with 21 others) the AL record for the most errors in a game by a third baseman, four, on September 6, 1980.
    More Details Hide Details Traditionally an infielder, Brookens found himself behind the plate in a game against the Texas Rangers on July 20, 1985. With regular catcher Lance Parrish hurt and Bob Melvin and Marty Castillo removed from the game in favor of pinch-hitters, Brookens (who had never caught a pro game before, even in the minors) filled the role and wound up catching five innings (11th through the 15th) before Detroit finally won the game.
    He did lead AL third basemen in errors twice, in 1980 and 1985, but that was largely because he was getting to so many more grounders than other fielders; his range factor, which measures the number of plays a fielder makes, was consistently above league average.
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    On August 20, 1980, Brookens went 5-for-5 with a triple and a home run, and also started a triple play in an 8–6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
    More Details Hide Details He won a World Series ring with the Tigers in.
  • 1975
    Age 21
    On January 9, 1975, Brookens was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 1st round (4th pick overall) of the 1975 amateur draft.
    More Details Hide Details In 12 major league seasons, Brookens played 1,065 games at third base, 162 games at 2nd base, and 119 games at shortstop. Tigers radio announcer Ernie Harwell nicknamed Brookens "the Pennsylvania Poker", a play on the song "Pennsylvania Polka". Brookens batted .246 in his 12-year career, with 71 home runs and 431 RBIs in 1,336 games. His range factor (putouts and assists per game) was well above league average.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1953
    Born
    Born on August 10, 1953.
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