DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers are retiring Lou Whitaker's No. 1 this coming season.
That can be seen as a clear show of support for Whitaker after the standout second baseman was passed over for Hall of Fame selection earlier this month.
Almost all of the numbers retired by Detroit were worn by Hall of Famers.
Whitaker fell short of the votes needed when the modern baseball era committee considered his candidacy this year, but the Tigers will honor him anyway. Whitaker will become the ninth player with his number retired by the Tigers, not counting Jackie Robinson, whose No. 42 has been retired throughout baseball.