Yesterday, I introduced The Will To Win (TWTW) statistic which tells us which players have the most grit, heart and will to win. We saw that second baseman Omar Infante is among the major league leaders with a TWTW of .220. So, they will need their fearless scrappy infielder back from the disabled list soon if they want to continue their winning ways.
Table 1 below shows TWTW for the rest of the Tigers. Back-up catchers are known for their grit and Brayan Pena has a good amount of it checking in at .193. Not surprisingly, right fielder Torii Hunter (.181) also has a lot of will to win, which is something that we've been told by broadcasters for years. The amazing Miguel Cabrera (.171) not only has an abundance of talent, but also has a lot of heart.
The Tigers batter with the lowest TWTW is catcher Alex Avila at .-168, but I think he's an outlier. If you've been around the game long enough, you know TWTW when you see it and Avila has it even when he's not producing. No statistic is perfect and TWTW is no exception. Sometimes you just have use your eyes. The next lowest TWTW belongs to Avisail Garcia, but it takes rookies a while to master the intangibles. That's why teams want to have veterans for the pennant race and post-season.
Table 1: Tigers TWTW Leaders