Miguel Cabrera is already among the greatest right handed hitters of all time

Miguel Cabrera is already one of the all-time MLB greats

8/16/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Aug 10, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) hits a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the third inning of a game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY SportsThis shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention recently, but ESPN's Jayson Stark wrote an article comparing Miguel Cabrera to some of the game's all-time greats, and it really hammered the point home.

Miguel Cabrera is already one of the greatest right handed hitters of all time.

Stark compared Cabrera's career thus far to similar stretches from guys like Joe DiMaggio, Hank Aaron, Rogers Hornsby and more. Cabrera's numbers were remarkably similar, and in some cases better than those legends.

The comparisons to Aaron and DiMaggio are especially impressive, since those are a couple guys who have held some of the game's most hallowed records. DiMaggio's legendary hitting streak is still the best of all time, and Aaron's career home run record was only recently eclipsed by Barry Bonds, who many consider to be an illegitimate record holder.

Courtesy of Stark and ESPN, here are the comps to Aaron through age 30 (Cabrera's current age) and DiMaggio's entire career:

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Aaron and DiMaggio are obviously some of the greatest ever to play  the game, and Cabrera's numbers are remarkably similar, even with quite a few years left to play, presumably.

Cabrera probably won't win the Triple Crown again this year, but he'll most likely finish with far better numbers than he did when he won it in 2012.

Right now, Cabrera's average is 29 points higher than it was last year, and he's only 6 HR and 24 RBI away from his numbers from last year, with 42 games remaining on the Tigers' schedule. His OPS+ is a ridiculous 202, which is 38 points higher than last year's 164, which was already outstanding.

Interestingly enough, the only player with a higher WAR than Cabrera right now is Mike Trout, who could finish behind Cabrera in MVP voting once again.

Regardless, be sure to enjoy Cabrera's career while you can. We might never see another hitter like him for a long time.
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8/16/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

expect much more in these days of drugs.. but if he stays clean he'll be a HOF member...all time great.. not from the Arod drug era....