Here is a story from Sunday’s loss you can get behind. Matt Tuiasosopo, getting a start in place of the resting Andy Dirks, got two-hits. Not extremely impressive until you consider that the start came against New York Yankees Ace C.C. Sabathia. Tuiasosopo, the Samoan Slugger, had two hits and accounted for half of the Tigers offensive out-put against the former Cy Young Award winner.
Matt Tuiasosopo made the Detroit Tigers roster out of spring training based on some impressive hitting. He hit 4 Home Runs and had a slugging percentage of .583 in Grapefruit League play. He won a roster spot over #21 ranked prospect Nick Castellanos who some thought should have headed north with the team.
According to Fox Sports Detroit, the 26-year-old outfielder asked General Manager Dave Dombrowski to be invited to Detroit Tigers spring training via email. The email paid off for the Samoan Slugger and the Tigers. He fills a key back-up roll for the contending Tigers. His bat provides right-handed power off the bench and his glove the ability to play multiple positions. Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 3rd round of the 2004 draft, Matt Tuiasosopo played 2B, SS, DH and LF while in a Mariners uniform.
If the name Tuiasosopo sounds familiar it should. Matt Tuiasosopo comes from an athletic pedigree. Multiple family members played NFL and college football.
We will see if the Samoan Slugger’s play leads to another start in the series against the Toronto Blue Jays begining on Tuesday at Comerica Park.