If we can set aside the concern for him as a human being -- which should be very sincere -- there is no question the most valuable player for the Detroit Tigers is Miguel Cabrera. This isn't to say there's no talent on the roster. With the likes of Victor Martinez, Justin Verlander and several others, there's plenty. It's just that Cabrera was the runner-up in AL MVP voting last season (and some would argue, including myself, he should have won). He was an absolute monster at the plate, with 38 home runs, 126 RBI, 111 runs, 45 doubles and a .328 average. His .420 OBP and 1.042 OPS were huge figures, and he was so feared he drew 32 intentional walks. If he can keep himself together this season, he's a really strong bet for AL MVP.
PLAYER ORACLE - Ty Cobb to Austin Jackson
Ty Cobb played with Danny Clark on the 1922 Detroit Tigers
Danny Clark played with Red Ruffing on the 1924 Boston Red Sox
Red Ruffing played with Yogi Berra on the 1946 New York Yankees
Yogi Berra played with Tug McGraw on the 1965 New York Mets
Tug McGraw played with Juan Samuel on the 1983 Philadelphia Phillies
Juan Samuel played with Johnny Damon on the 1995 Kansas City Royals
Johnny Damon played with Austin Jackson on the 2010 Detroit Tigers
Could have gone a lot of different directions here, as the Tigers are a storied franchise. Still, I can never shake the very brief mention of Ty Cobb in Field of Dreams . It seems to pretty well sum up the sentiment of many players at the time, according to most historical accounts. Enjoy ... (and beware the dreaded "B" word if that offends you)
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