We already know the identity of two Detroit Tigers who’ll be in the dugout for the 2022 MLB All-Star Game: American League manager Dusty Baker has selected longtime Tigers great Willie Horton as an honorary coach for the festivities on July 19 in Los Angeles, while MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has picked designated hitter Miguel Cabrera as his “legend” pick, as allowed in the new collective bargaining agreement.

Cabrera is a tough pick to sell on his merits: His .308 average is solid; if he keeps it up, it would be the third-highest average this century by a qualified hitter 39 or older. (Nos. 1-2? 39-year-old Barry Bonds at .362 in 2004 and 40-year-old David Ortiz at .315 in 2016.) But he just has been very productive, at least compared to his fellow DHs. There are seven AL players qualified for the batting title who have DHed at least 50% of the time; Cabrera’s OPS+ (a metric using OPS adjusted for ballpark and league average, with 100 being average) ranks seventh, behind Baltimore’s Trey Mancini (123), Houston’s Michael Brantley (123), NY’s Giancarlo Stanton (137), LA’s Shohei Ohtani (137), Boston’s J.D. Martinez (140) and Houston’s Yordan Alvarez (202).

But it appears the Tigers will have a “regular” All-Star reserve, as selected by Baker, as well. So what other Tiger will join Cabrera and Horton in Dodger Stadium?

Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer and leftfielder Justin Upton look on during Gatorade All-Star Workout Day ahead of the 88th MLB All-Star Game at Marlins Park on July 10, 2017.

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Two Tigers haven’t made the same All-Star squad since 2017, when right-handed starter Michael Fulmer and outfielder Justin Upton both headed to Marlins Park in Miami. That was the tail end of a 12-year stretch in which the Tigers had at least two — and as many as six — All-Stars 10 times. Since that season, which also corresponds to the official start of the Tigers’ rebuild — go figure — the franchise has sent a lone reliever each season as their representative among baseball’s best and brightest, with Joe Jimenez making it in 2018, Shane Greene going in 2019 and Gregory Soto going in 2021.

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