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Gibson: Never an All-Star, now All-Star coach

Posted on: May 17, 2011 3:10 pm
 
Yes, it's true, Kirk Gibson never played in an All-Star Game.

But the way people in Detroit remember it, you might want to put an asterisk by that. The way they remember it, one big reason Gibson never made it to the All-Star Game as a player is that he didn't want to.

Now he's going to the 2011 All-Star Game, as a National League coach. Gibson's Arizona Diamondbacks are hosting the game, and NL manager Bruce Bochy invited Gibson to join the coaching staff. This time, Gibson accepted.

Should Gibson have been an All-Star as a player?

Sure. In 1985, he had 18 home runs and 61 RBI at the All-Star break. But the Tigers sent six other players to the game, and Gibson took the time off.

"His excuse was that it's better I stay healthy for the club to win a world championship than to play in a meaningless game," longtime teammate Jack Morris remembered. "I think Gibby has figured things out [now]. I think if he had to do it over again, he'd go to the All-Star Game."


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Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: May 19, 2011 3:39 pm
 

Gibson: Never an All-Star, now All-Star coach

    He certainly WAS an all star in his own way.



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 5:14 pm
 

Gibson: Never an All-Star, now All-Star coach

I never would have believed Gibby never made an all-star team but I would believe he would turn down the opportunity.  When I first read this I figured it was always due to a nagging injury which Gibson endured throughout his career.  Gibby never really had any major injuries but always seems to have nagging injuries that would keep him out of a few games every year.  Gibson never had 600 at bats in a season, never eclipsed 30 home runs in a season and only hit over .300 once and that was in the strike shortened 1981 season.  Despite not having the greatest offensive numbers Gibby was superb on the basepaths and excellent in the field with his glove and arm.  Certainly a player you would want on your team as his fire and desire made others around him play better.


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