Tigers honor former All-Star shortstop Guillen

Tigers honor former All-Star shortstop Guillen

Tigers honor former All-Star shortstop Guillen
DETROIT -- The Tigers honored their former All-Star shortstop, Carlos Guillen, before Saturday's game for his induction into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame.

Guillen, who was the guest of honor as the annual Fiesta Tigres luncheon on Friday, was dressed in a sport coat and tie as he received a plaque from the Hall of Fame honoring his induction. The Tigers also presented him with a framed jersey from his playing days.

It was a fitting tribute for a player who was one of the cornerstones of the Tigers' turnaround from 119 losses in 2003 to the World Series three years later and perennial contender after that. Guillen hit .320 with 41 doubles, 19 homers, 85 RBIs and a .920 OPS in that 2006 season, then batted .296 with nine triples, 21 homers and 102 RBIs the next year.

Injuries slowly ate away at his seasons after that, and he retired this spring, but he looked healthy as he jogged out to the mound and fired a ceremonial first pitch, shortstop style, to former teammate Ramon Santiago.