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SILVER SLUGGER SILVER SLUGGER SILVER SLUGGER
MIGUEL CABRERA MIGUEL CABRERA MIGUEL CABRERA
Sweet shiny victory! Miguel Cabrera has won his third Silver Slugger award for being good at hitting a baseball in the sport of baseball.
He had a .328/.420/.622 line this season, with 38 home runs and 45 doubles (and one lone triple). He had 89 walks, most on the team by far. He played in 150 of the 162 games and probably could have played in a couple more at the end there, but he was starting to be vaguely hurt and since the Tigers were playing for nothing at all, nobody wanted to push it. He’s second in games-started to only Austin Jackson, who has the advantages of actual-youth and baseball-youth (remember, even though he’s only 27, this was Miggy’s 8th pro season).
He wins it this season at first base, obviously, after winning it as an outfielder and a third baseman in previous seasons.
You see what wonders occur when you stop consuming alcohol in an irresponsible manner, Miguel? You carry the team as far as is possible for its bloated, injured mass to be carried, and you win fabulous silver mantelpiece bling. Let this be a lesson to us all.
Now comes the big question: is Miguel Cabrera the American League MVP? The true answer, of course, is YES, but we shall have to wait a bit to see if the league is willing to acknowledge truth this year or what.
“I think he probably gets more respect from an offensive standpoint than any hitter in the league,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “I think he’s been the best player in the league this year.”
“Do I think he’s the MVP? Yes,” Leyland said last month. “I’m not going to try to talk anybody into anything, because that’s not my job.”
Jim Leyland has spoken. Let it be so.