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Stephen Cannella
March 27, 2000
If nothing else, Rob Fick has a flair for the dramatic. In the eighth inning of the final game at Tiger Stadium last September, the rookie catcher hammered a grand slam that came within a few feet of clearing the hallowed rightfield roof. As the last home run hit at the Corner, the moon shot turned Fick, 26, into an instant Motown celebrity. "People were asking me about it and congratulating me all winter," he says. "But that doesn't matter anymore—it's, What have you done for me lately?" If Fick's brief career is any indication, he'll hit. A fifth-round pick in the 1996 draft, he won the Class A Midwest League batting title (.341) a year later and has six home runs in 63 major league at bats. Fick will start the season as a backup at catcher and first base, but several in the Tigers' organization think he'll be Detroit's every-day designated hitter by midseason.
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If nothing else, Rob Fick has a flair for the dramatic. In the eighth inning of the final game at Tiger Stadium last September, the rookie catcher hammered a grand slam that came within a few feet of clearing the hallowed rightfield roof. As the last home run hit at the Corner, the moon shot turned Fick, 26, into an instant Motown celebrity. "People were asking me about it and congratulating me all winter," he says. "But that doesn't matter anymore—it's, What have you done for me lately?" If Fick's brief career is any indication, he'll hit. A fifth-round pick in the 1996 draft, he won the Class A Midwest League batting title (.341) a year later and has six home runs in 63 major league at bats. Fick will start the season as a backup at catcher and first base, but several in the Tigers' organization think he'll be Detroit's every-day designated hitter by midseason.

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