Torii Hunter was officially introduced to the Detroit media Friday after signing a two year deal with the Tigers.

Hunter has spent 14 seasons in the major leagues and is known as one of the most popular players in the game with both fans and the media.

A four-time all star, Hunter has captured nine Gold Glove Awards and in his age 37 season last year, he hit over .300 for the first time in his career.

Here are some other facts about Hunter that you may not know.

**He grew up in Pine Bluff Arkansas and starred on the gridiron in his first love, football.  Hunter was a quarterback and free safety.  He also excelled in basketball and track.

**For as good as Hunter was in high school, he was not the best athlete at Pine Bluff High.   That honor belonged to his friend Basil Shabazz, who was considered one of the best prep talents in Arkansas history.

**Scouts would often come to see Shabazz play baseball and soon scouts would notice Hunter as well.

**He was selected by the Twins in the first round of the 1993 draft.

**In 1992 he was named to the U.S. Junior Olympic Baseball team that would compete in Korea.  Hunter didn't have the money to cover expenses, so he wrote then Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton, who sent him a check for $500.

**In 2003, Hunter gave his Gold Glove Award to Twins coach Jerry White, as a thank you for helping him become one of the best defenders in baseball.



Leave a Reply