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If I were to ask you how old Miguel Cabrera was, what would you say? 28? 29?
Actually he's still a fresh faced 26-year-old and a grizzled Major League veteran at the same time.
When Cabrera was called up by the Marlins during the 2003 season, he was only 20 years old.
In his first game he hit a walk-off home run in the 11th inning to win the game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
If that's not a great way to start a career, I don't know what is.
He was also a major difference maker in the Marlins World Series run in 2003. He played a pivotal role in the NLCS against the Cubs, particularly in Game 7.
Since then, what has Cabrera done playing at spacious Dolphin Stadium and at a relatively roomy park in Detroit? He's posted a .315 batting average, 33 home runs and 118 RBI per season with an OBP close to .400.
There are few players—past or present—that can match such great numbers.
Miguel is unquestionably one of the game's offensive powerhouses alongside Albert Pujols, A-Rod, and Ryan Howard.
If there is one weakness in Cabrera's game, it's in the field.
He is both uninterested and unskilled when it comes to playing defense, which is why he's playing first base and not outfield or third base for the Tigers.