Justin Verlander, others react to the death of Tigers legend Al Kaline

Tanya Simon
April 7, 2020

Sports Al Kaline was one of the most decorated Tigers of all time.

A staple with the Detroit Tigers organization has passed away.

Detroit Tigers Hall of Famer Al Kaline died on Monday at his home in MI, a family friend told the Detroit Free Press.

A cause of death was not immediately reported. He was an 18-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glover who helped the Tigers in a World Series in 1968.

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During his career, Kaline played 2,834 games - all of which came with the Tigers. His No. 6 jersey became the first number retired by the Tigers. He finished his career with 3,007 hits, second in Tigers history only to the legendary Ty Cobb.

Kaline, nicknamed "Mr. Tiger", spent his entire 22-year career with the Tigers from 1953 to 1974 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot in 1980. Most recently, he returned to the Tigers' front office as an assistant to the general manager.

Former Tigers ace Justin Verlander paid tribute to Kaline on Monday, calling Kaline "a kind and generous man".

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