Detroit Tigers fans aren't the only ones who are going to miss Prince Fielder.
A day after the Tigers traded Fielder to the Texas Rangers for second baseman Ian Kinsler (first reported by CBS Sports' Jon Heyman), Fielder's now former teammate, Miguel Cabrera, had a mini-tribute to his friend on Twitter:
But those weren't the only messages left by Cabrera. The two-time American League MVP also posted photos of himself and Fielder:
So, now that we know how Cabrera personally feels about losing Fielder, let's see what the impact might be of the first baseman's absence. Here are Cabrera's statistics before Fielder compared to his stats over the last two seasons:
*Note: The 2011 season is the year before Fielder signed with the Tigers.
|Miguel Cabrera's Stats Before and With Prince Fielder|
When you look at the numbers, there isn't much of a difference in batting average and on-base percentage. But when it comes to the other totals, it's easy to see the advantages Cabrera had with Fielder behind him.
With Fielder sitting in the cleanup spot, pitchers could no longer pitch around Cabrera. They had to start giving him pitches to hit or face the threat of Fielder with Cabrera on base.
His clutch stats tell a story as well. With runners in scoring position, Cabrera batted .397 with 18 home runs, 99 RBI and 44 walks in 2013. In 2012, he batted .356 with nine home runs, 89 RBI and 24 walks. The year before Fielder came, Cabrera batted .388 with 10 home runs, 75 RBI and 44 walks.
So, why is Cabrera going to miss Fielder? It's not only because of their friendship, but it's also because Fielder provided protection for Miggy.
That protection he's losing is leading some to tweet out how much it will hurt Cabrera:
The fact remains that before Fielder came to Detroit, Cabrera hadn't won an MVP. In the two years Fielder was there, Cabrera won two.
Now, it's time to see if he can win an MVP without Fielder behind him.