Hall of Famer Al Kaline spent his entire 22-year career as a Detroit Tiger, and it appears the club wasn't about to let that famous surname appear on the back of another franchise's uniform.
The Tigers selected Colin Kaline, the slugger's grandson, in the 26th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday. It's the second time Detroit has chosen the younger Kaline, having taken him in the 25th round in 2007 out of Birmingham Groves H.S. in the Detroit suburb of Franklin, Mich. But he chose to attend Florida Southern College, where he just finished his senior season.
A switch-hitting second baseman for the Moccasins, Kaline batted .287 this spring. He's led the team in walks each of the past three years, posting on-base percentages of .429, .430 and .437.
Al Kaline broke in with the Tigers in 1953, at the age of 18, having never played in the Minor Leagues, and is now in his 59th year with the club. After his playing career ended in 1974, he spent 26 seasons providing color commentary on Tigers TV broadcasts. In 2001, he moved into the front office and has served as a special assistant to Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski since 2002.
Dan Cichalski is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.