Tigers' Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder Are Modern-Day Version of Ortiz, Manny
From 2003 through 2006, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez scared opposing pitchers to death.
During that four-year stint, the Red Sox duo combined for 333 home runs.
Both players led the American League in the category once in that stretch: Ortiz with 54 (a Red Sox record) in 2006, Ramirez with 43 in 2004.
In that span, Ortiz had a .294 batting average and drove in 525 runs, an average of 131 per season. He led the American League twice in that category. The first time was in 2005 with 148, then again in 2006 with 137. Ortiz was the runner-up in 2004, behind Miguel Tejada's 150 RBI.
Ramirez added 480 RBI in that span, an average of 120 per season. Ramirez finished fourth in all of baseball in 2004 with his 130 RBI. He was runner-up to Ortiz in 2005 with 144 RBI.
Ortiz was a three-time All-Star during that stretch, bringing home three Silver Slugger Awards, and finished fifth, fourth, second and third, respectively, in American League MVP voting.
Ramirez was a four-time All-Star, bringing home four Silver Slugger Awards and finished sixth, third, fourth and 18th, respectively, in AL MVP voting.
While it's only the first season with Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder dominating the heart of the Detroit Tigers lineup, you can already see the comparisons.
The Miggy and Prince Show is just beginning.
This season, both Cabrera and Fielder were members of the American League All-Star team.
Cabrera is leading the American League in RBI with 87. Fielder isn't all that far behind with 73 of his own, eighth in all of baseball.
The duo combines for a .313 batting average. Cabrera owns a .323 average, while Prince is hitting .303. Cabrera is second in the American League and third in all of baseball, behind the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen (.373) and the Angels' Mike Trout (.348).
As far as long balls are concerned, Fielder has belted 17, while Cabrera has gone yard 26 times, totaling 43 homers from the No. 3 and 4 slots in the lineup.
What should not be overlooked are the 50 doubles the duo has combined for. Miggy has 28, while Prince has 22. That means (including the one triple Fielder has) they have combined for 93 extra-base hits.
This tandem is scary, and it is only the pair's first year together. In other words, the party is just getting started.
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