Found March 31, 2013 on Baseball Professor:
Miguel Cabrera is a 10-year veteran. That’s really of no real fantasy significance, other than the fact that it places the soon-to-be 30-year-old third baseman smack dab in the middle of his power prime, but it serves as a sobering reference point for how quickly life moves. Cabrera’s rookies season came in the same year as the infamous Aaron “Bleeping” Boone ALCS Game 7 homer in 2003. That seems like just yesterday.Last season Cabrera was the AL MVP and the first Triple Crown winner in a generation. His 44 homers were six more than his previous career high, and his 139 RBI were also a career high.What’s interesting about last season is how Cabrera arrived at those numbers. In 2010 and 2011 Cabrera walked 13.7% and 15.7% of the time, respectively, but last year his walk rate was just 9.5%. Despite totaling just nine more plate appearances than in 2011, Cabrera’s decreased walk rate led to 50 more at-bats. That’s 50 extra chances to blast homers or drive runners home.Posting a career...
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