Look at the grey ink test because I think that's the most telling stat to separate Sandberg from the Tigers' duo. Sandberg scores a 134 while Trammel and Whitaker are both under fifty. While they compare well with similarity scores, I think that Trammel and Whitaker are both comparable to Sandberg, but lesser players.
Sandberg was basically the best second baseman of the eighties and early ninties and he won an MVP. Trammel and Whitaker weren't the best at their position and never won MVPs. Sanberg won nine gold gloves and the other two combined for seven.
In my opinion, Whitaker and Trammel were just pretty good for a long time whereas Sandberg was a class above them. Sandberg's numbers are a little bit better and he played fewer seasons. There have been worse selections than Trammel and Whitaker (actually, quite a few), but I don't see any pressing need to have them in there at this point.
Originally posted by WhitebaconLike I said...I was being a nitpicky douche, and I apologize. It just irks me, as I'm a huge Ryno fan. I have the guys poster up on my wall still, with his 89 Topps Rookie Card next to it.
His rookie card was from '83 (come on, just because we're being nitpicky - I couldn't resist ).
An interesting note is that Eric Chavez was disappointed that he didn't make Team USA, and so tried to be on Team Mexico instead. While ordinarily he would be eligible (his father was a Mexican citizen)