Miguel Cabrera might be one of the most underrated superstars in the game of baseball today.
In eight major league seasons, Cabrera been named to the All-Star team five times, won one World Series title with the Florida Marlins in 2003, was the 2008 home run batting champ, and has averaged 31 home runs and 110 RBIs a year.
Last season might have been Cabrera's personal best, finishing second overall behind Josh Hamilton for AL MVP and in the Top Three in the American League in the three biggest offensive categories: home runs (third), runs batted in (first), and batting average (second).
Cabrera belted 38 home runs, drove in 126 runs and hit .328 despite playing on a team that finished third in the AL Central.
This season, with the addition of former Cleveland Indians All-Star catcher Victor Martinez, Cabrera will finally be playing with something he hasn't had for most of his time in Detroit, protection in the lineup.
With 121 RBIs this season, Cabrera will break the 1,000 mark in just his ninth full season in the majors.
Despite off the field issues that include a recent arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence and two counts of resisting an officer without violence, all misdemeanor offenses, Cabrera remains focused on the upcoming 2011 season.
When asked whether he could set aside off the field distractions, Cabrera simply replied "yes."
The Tigers will enter the 2011 season as underdogs to the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox, despite having what might be the best pitching staff in the AL Central.