In 2013, Cabrera is picking up where he left off.
The Texas Rangers may have won 11-8, but it was Cabrera who shone Sunday night with three home runs.
Locked in: @MiguelCabrera just hit his 3rd homer of the night. @Rangers lead @tigers, 11-8 in 8th. #DETvsTEX2013-5-20 03:37:10
I think that's good.
Cabrera finished the day at 4-for-4 with three home runs, five RBI and four runs scored. Even as his team lost, it's hard to place blame on a player who put on one of the best performances you'll see all season.
In fact, his individual outing was one for the record books.
Miguel Cabrera is 23rd player in history to go 4-for-4 with 3 HRs, 5 RBIs, 4 runs scored. But he’s first player to do it in a losing cause.2013-5-20 04:00:38
This is one of those games where you can't help but ask, "How did they lose?"
As one might expect, the Twittersphere erupted in praise of Cabrera, the general consensus being that he is the best hitter in the world.
Is there a rational argument against such belief?
andrew mccutchen @TheCUTCH22
That Miguel Cabrera guy... is pretty good.2013-5-20 03:38:21
Just a little bit.
Bryce Harper @Bharper3407
This guy is the real deal! Best hitter in the game! #Beast #Homersforfun #MLB @MiguelCabrera2013-5-20 03:38:38
If you can find a player who matches Cabrera, we'll listen.
When it comes right down to it, there are only so many words that can describe what Cabrera does as a hitter. Not only is he one of the best at making contact, but he's an elite deep-ball threat who appears to be the class of the American League in every statistical area.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports put it best:
Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
I'm glad the overlords of whatever planet Miguel Cabrera is from allowed him to play baseball here. What. A. Hitter.2013-5-20 03:39:12
After Sunday night, there's only one thing that Cabrera deserves—our admiration.