A National League All-Star in , Viña was a two-time Gold Glove winner (-). He was limited to 29 games for the Tigers: a serious leg injury ended his first season with Detroit, and Viña missed the entire 2005 season because of a strained right hamstring and patellartendinitis in his left knee. Many believe Viña concealed the extent of prior injuries from the Tigers in order to obtain a lucrative contract from them, but his signing was the first of several major acquisitions that led to the Tigers' resurrection to a playoff contender.
On December 13, 2007, Viña was mentioned in the Mitchell Report in connection with steroid use. ESPN 2007-12-13. Retrieved on 2007-12-14 The report cited an interview with former Mets clubhouse... Read More