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Detroit Tigers Outfield Robbie Grossman speaks on Friday May 28, 2021

after defeating the Yankees at Comerica Park.

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Detroit Tigers need a leader.

to fill the role They call Robbie Grossman during the offseason

“It’s very personal for me,” Tigers manager AJ Hinch said Friday night after Grossman crushed a two-run homer to win. new york Yankees 3-2 in the 10th inning at Comerica Park: “I saw him as a young player. I saw him as an adult and growing up. I’m very proud of him for being freelancing. There is a choice of where to play. Choose us and reunite with him.”

The Tigers, now 20-31, were 2-1 behind the Yankees on the special occasion, with Eric Haase standing on third base. There are two outs and a full count. Grossman punishes a fastball from Justin. Wilson to the left Drop the bat and take a moment before trotting around the base.

This was Grossman’s first walk-out homer in his nine-year MLB career.

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“I want to do everything I can to help this team win every day. Or I felt like I let them down,” Grossman said. “Like today the swing helped the team win. It makes me feel good.”

Grossman pointed to first base coach Ramon Santiago and clapped in celebration. He flipped his helmet into the atmosphere as he approached the house where his teammates were waiting to swarm him. Chief Thrower Matthew Boyd hugged him.

Hinch hugged him outside, thunderous.

“At the peak of the order Professional alchemists are as good as we have. and as good as you want,” Hinch said of Grossman. his target striker “He can do a lot from both sides of the plate. he is very influential I trust him a lot He deserves a moment like this.”

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But it’s not just Friday with the Yankees.

Grossman picked up a tiger in May. By doing what the organization hoped for — if not more — when they signed him to a two-year, $10 million contract in January, Hinch wanted his former role Grossman to evolve into a “big-hitting man”. A player his teammates rely on.

In May, Grossman hit .290 with six pairs, two hits, four home runs, 17 RBIs, 17 walks and 22 strikeouts in 24 games. He has a percentage on a .395 basis and is involved in scoring innings. most

He led the Tigers with .377 OBP all season, better than Jeimer Candelario’s .356 OBP, although Candelario safely reached base in 24 consecutive games.

“Being part of this team means the most to me. And I talked about it when I signed the contract. There was expectation,” Grossman said. “I take that as a compliment.”

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Grossman played 776 games over nine seasons for houston Astros (2013-15), Minnesota Twins (2016-18), Auckland Athletics (2019-20) and Tigers in 2021 he is not a leader in the free agent market. He didn’t have much power. But there are signs he will need more slugs this season. He still has a lot to prove at the age of 31.

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“He’s doing really well. And I expected less from him when we signed him. that he has to appear and be influential with the way he works,” Hinch said May 16. can say in one word how they work and how they behave each day other players The rest will notice.”

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He was the first to sign to the franchise several years since the 2015-16 season when they signed Jordan Zimmermann, Mike Pelfrey, Mark Lowe and Justin Upon.

For 5 million dollars a year? The money spent is worth it.

“That’s all you could ask for. is to be in a team that is expected to win,” Grossman said. “You see the fights they have and we never leave any games. Some of them don’t go our way. But we are in it until the last time.”

Evan Petzold is a sports reporter at Detroit Free Press. Contact him at epetzold@freepress.com. Or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold. Read more about the Detroit Tigers and subscribe to our Tigers newsletter.