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Adrian Gonzalez is a tremendous hitter who benefited from a change in scenery.
Playing five years in San Diego, Gonzalez's average eclipsed .300 once—he hit .304 in 2006. In his first season playing in Fenway Park, the first baseman's average soared to .338.
Gonzalez has a tailor-made swing for Fenway Park. He's a lefty who uses all fields, but he is especially adept at stroking pitches to the opposite field, which, at Fenway, boasts the Green Monster.
Gonzalez hit .347 at home and .329 on the road, proving he can hit anywhere, but also that he benefited from the shallow left field wall at Fenway.
In addition to his batting average, Gonzalez blasted 27 home runs and 45 doubles and drove in 117 RBI.
Miguel Cabrera posted even better numbers across the board—with the exception of RBI—while playing half his games in the massive Comerica Park. The 28-year-old slugger belted 30 home runs and 48 doubles and drove in 105 RBI.
And, by the way, he led MLB with a .344 batting average.
If you're a proponent of the Gonzalez selection, you point to the RBI total. However, Gonzalez had 31 more at-bats with runners in scoring position.
Even more impressive, Cabrera capitalized in those situations, hitting .388. Gonzalez hit .337.
Additionally, Cabrera posted a higher on-base percentage (.448 to .410) and slugging percentage (.586 to .548).