The Detroit Tigers have the top pick in the 2018 Baseball Draft which is tonight (Monday, June 4th).  Do you remember what was happening the last time they had the top pick back in the 1997 draft?

According to the story in Detroit Free Press,  the Tigers last chose number one in the 1997 draft and chose reliever Matt Anderson.   He started strong the following year before posting a 5.24 E.R.A over five season and injuring his shoulder in 2002.

According to Baseball Reference dot com, 1997 was the year that the Florida Marlins beat the Cleveland Indians for the World Series.

The Tigers that year finished 79-83 and were managed by Buddy Bell. The 1997 team was led by names like Bobby Higginson, Travis Fryman and Tony Clark according to Baseball Reference dot com. 

According to On This Day dot com in 1997, it was the year the Detroit Red Wings beat the Philadelphia Flyers to win the Stanley Cup. Green Bay won Super Bowl XXXI.

The English Patient was  the Best Picture Oscar winner.   Big news stories from that year included, Dolly The Sheep (the first cloned mammal)  first announced to the public, The Heavens Gate cult suicides and Princess Diana died in car crash in Paris.

Who will the Tigers take with the top overall pick here in 2018?  We will see tonight when the draft airs on MLB Network at 7 p.m.

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