January 21, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Tom Gage

From cringeworthy to celebrated, here are 10 ways to remember ex-Tiger Raburn

When it came to former Tiger Ryan Raburn, there was no middle ground in terms of how fans viewed him. (Elizabeth Conley/Detroit News)

Detroit — How are you going to remember Ryan Raburn as a Tiger, now that he's signed a minor-league contract with the Cleveland Indians?

Occasionally good — or mostly good riddance?

Here's a Top 10 list by which to remember him.

1. The way you cringed whenever the ball was hit to him.

2. Better than average power. Often hit 'em hard, often hit 'em far.

3. But his power vanished last year (one home run) when the Tigers gave him one last chance.

4. Strong outfield arm. C'mon, give him that much. The guy can throw.

5. First-half career batting average, .215. Never hit in the cold.

6. Second-half career batting average .295. Almost always warmed up.

7. White Sox killer: 13 HRs, 50 RBIs, 290 BA in 248 career at-bats against Chicago.

8. Ton of home runs in first half of 2012 spring training, got a lot of hopes up, then completely disappeared for rest of year.

9. Opportunities seemed endless.

10. Always friendly. Heard a lot of boos, got a lot of criticism. Never barked at anyone.

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