DENVER -- D-backs bench coach Alan Trammell is a former shortstop who hit third later in his career with the Tigers and won four Gold Glove Awards. He is an ardent admirer of Rockies shortstop and cleanup hitter Troy Tulowitzki, whom he watches from a perspective different than most, and compares his skill set to that of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.
"Cal might have been a tad bigger, but they're big boys," Trammell said. "They both hit in the middle of the lineup, but they understand the game, being a shortstop. They know when to get guys over and they'll do that. They're not just up there swinging, they're going to play the game [correctly]. Tulo's more athletic. The off-balance throws, Cal didn't do that. But Cal's hands were as good as I've ever seen. He didn't make any mistakes -- when he caught the ball, you were out."
Jack Etkin is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less