I included Mark Fidrych in my All Time Home Grown vs. Acquired Team for the Tigers. Some people thought it was a strange pick but I stand by a statement I made:
I am convinced that if he didn't get injured (his rotator cuff injury was diagnosed until he was out of baseball) he would have been one of the biggest and most beloved stars in the history of baseball.
As it is, his tragic death is still front page news on the sports section.
He made baseball fun, goofy and 33 years later, the idea of him talking to the ball on the mound can make any baseball fan smile.
Baseball needs more players like The Bird.
Rest in Peace.