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Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Eddie Brinkman, RIP. How Ted Williams did it…is beyond us all..
Former Tigers shortstop Eddie Brinkman, whose good humor and love of baseball made him a cherished figure in the game, died Tuesday. He was 66.
...“As a shortstop, he wasn’t what you would call smooth,” said Dan Ewald, who covered the Tigers for the Detroit News during Brinkman’s time with the club. “But he got all the balls somehow. It didn’t look like a picture. But he got to them and made the throw.
“He was always in control of the situation. If you’ve got a shortstop who isn’t aware of everything, you’ve got a problem. Eddie had control of the situation. That’s why he was better than his raw physical talent.
“He enhanced his ability by anticipating. He was a very solid, smart shortstop. He wasn’t flashy or flamboyant.”
for his generous support.
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