I have a newsflash for you guys and gals. Miguel Cabrera is really good at baseball. Bet you didn’t know that.
His first two years in Detroit, 2008 and 2009, were impressive. Then the video game numbers started. In 2010, he finished second in the MVP voting with an OPS+ of 178, 19 points higher than his career best at that point. In 2011, He upped it to 179. Then last year, all he did was win the first Triple Crown by anyone since 1967.
And he’s outdoing himself again in 2013. Look at the following stats entering Monday’s game.
2013 Miguel Cabrera
.360/.450/.685/1.135, 42 HR, 128 RBI, 202 OPS+, 7.1 WAR.
That is insane. He leads the league in average, hits, RBI, OBP, SLG, OPS, OPS+, total bases, wRC+, wOBA, and many other categories, I’m sure. This is something special. And he’s been doing it while injured to the point of not being able to run. Blood is seeping through his uniform at times. On the first pitch, he’s hitting .488 with 14 HR. With runners in scoring position, he’s batting .422. With RISP and two outs, bump it up to .455.
They can tell us that Don Kelly is Mister Heart and Hustle all they want…my vote goes to Miguel Cabrera. I hope you’re all enjoying this performance in 2013 as much as I am.
Miggy Poco’s amazing year got me to thinking about the other standout amazing individual seasons I’ve witnessed since becoming a Tigers fan in 1985. Cabrera’s 2013 ranks at the top. But I wanted to round out my Top Five with four other guys with four other years I’ll never forget.