He was so close, he had to practically taste it.
Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter signed with the team last offseason in hopes of ending his career-long World Series drought. However, after the Tigers were eliminated in Saturday night’s Game Six loss to the Red Sox, the drought now reaches 17 years.
Hunter, 38, has spent most of his time in the big leagues making highlight reel catches in center field for the Minnesota Twins, en route to nine Gold Glove awards, but has also developed a solid bat to compliment his defensive abilities.
In in career, Hunter is a .279 hitter with 314 homers and 1,227 RBIs. Per season, that comes out to 24 home runs and 95 RBIs each season. This year, Hunter hit 17 home runs and drove in 84, but he also added 37 doubles – his most since he hit 45 in 2007 with Minnesota.
Hunter is one of baseball’s good guys. He’s always got a smile on his face, he loves this game as much as someone possibly can and after Saturday’s abrupt exit from the postseason, this World Series drought now enters his 18th in Major League Baseball. The clock is ticking.