Three-time batting champion.
Back-to-back MVP titles.
Oh yeah, and a Triple Crown Award.
These are just a few of the awards Detroit Tigers first basemen Miguel Cabrera has on his resume since making his MLB debut in 2003 with the then Florida Marlins.
But what stands out the most is the stats he has had since joining the Tigers.
All three of his batting titles he has won has been with the Tigers, all in consecutive years dating back to 2011. While Hall of Famer Ty Cobb does have the most batting titles in Tigers’ history with 12, let’s remember that Cabrera is only 31-years-old and just signed a 10-year contract extension with the Tigers. So as far as winning more batting titles, Cabrera has plenty of time to do so.
And in decade where Cabrera can win more batting titles, he can also win more MVP titles as well.
This year, Cabrera is not having his MVP type of season as he has been dealing with injuries and has not been completely healthy. However, having two MVP titles for the Tigers has only been achieved by two players; Hank Greenberg and Hal Newhouser, both in the Hall of Fame. Newhouser was a pitcher so winning the MVP in the game today is sometimes frowned upon, like when Tigers’ pitcher Justin Verlander did it in 2011.
Some other stats he has had with Detroit include winning the American League Hank Aaron award twice, winning the home run title twice, the RBI title twice, and winning the Silver Slugger Award three times in Detroit.
All these stats are only temporary as Cabrera is bound to achieve many more of these accolades before the first baseman retires.
The one award that will set him apart from others is winning the Triple Crown Award.
The only other Tiger that won the award was Cobb back in 1909 where he had a batting average of .377 with nine home runs and 107 RBI’s. When Cabrera won his Triple Crown in 2012, he had an average of .330 with 44 home runs and 139 RBI’s. Even last year, Cabrera was close to winning the award again. If he was able to win the award, it would’ve be the first time anyone has ever won the award in consecutive seasons. Let’s also add that Cabrera was dealing with injury problems again that would cause him to miss games in 2013.
Almost though. Almost.
While the game has changed so much since Cobb played, to argue who is the better hitter is no doubt Cabrera.
Don’t forget that Cabrera has carried the Tigers on his back in many occasions to get the team to the playoffs.
Not only is Cabrera the best Tiger, many consider him one of the greatest hitters of all-time.