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If there is one thing that you can't say about Tigers fans, it's that they support their players. Even when details like defensive ability and baserunning are presented in front of them.It's rather endearing that they show up to the game with crowns on carrying banners with sayings on them like the one in the picture above. It's also, well, slightly annoying to be honest. And that's even if I leave WAR out of the equation.Let's just say we scrap WAR, we'll just concentrate on offense since defense is obviously unnecessary in this whole "Most Valuable Player" argument. Here is the oWAR for the two main MVP candidates:Mike Trout - 8.6Miguel Cabrera - 7.4So what Baseball Reference is saying here, and I want to make sure that I get this right, is that if you take defense out of the equation, Mike Trout was still worth more wins than Miguel Cabrera with his bat alone. Well, ****. And if you want to go and get your mind blown even more, Dave Cameron a...
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Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera made baseball history on Wednesday when he became the first player to win the Triple Crown since 1967. For those that aren't aware of what the Triple Crown is, it's a rare feat that occurs when a player leads his respective league in batting average, homers, and runs batted in. Cabrera did just that in 2012 by posting a .330 average,...
Miguel Cabrera is in demand. On Wednesday night, the Tigers third baseman secured the first Triple Crown in Major League Baseball in 45 years -- the last being Red Sox left fielder Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 -- finishing with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 RBIs. While his MVP candidacy is still up for debate, MLB decided to immediately cash in on the newly made history...
Ever wonder how much it would cost to get a batch of dirt from a Major League batter's box? If Miguel Cabrera stepped on it on Wednesday night in Kansas City, it's $39.99 plus shipping and handling. Yes, Major League Baseball is selling a plaque with dirt from the right-handed batter's box of Kauffman Stadium, where Cabrera cemented his Triple Crown. The plaque lists...
Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera will profit greatly from his Triple Crown season. The third baseman signed a deal with autograph memorabilia firm Detroit City Sports to inscribe baseballs with the words "Triple Crown 2012," according to an ESPN.com report. The signed balls have been listed at an introductory price of $275, but Detroit City Sports owner Steve...
Miguel Cabrera has always been a great player, but perhaps he's taking the first step toward becoming a great leader. Cabrera was among those who witnessed teammate Al Alburquerque kiss the baseball before retiring Yoenis Cespedes via a groundout in the ninth inning of Sunday's Game 2 between the Tigers and A's. And while he certainly appreciates the reliever's effort...
Moneyball was an imperfect movie which presented an oversimplified, insultingly condensed version of the introduction of Sbermetric philosophies to baseball. However, sometimes the simplest explanation is best approach, and, if nothing else, what the move did was provide a few easily understood analogies to explain the overlying widsom of mathematical analytics to the layman. That...
Mike Trout was the best player in baseball this season. You know, I know it. We know it for a variety of reasons – the least of which is the sabermetric craze.
The big sports media outlets are waging a debate on a near-presidential scale of whether Trout or Miguel Cabrera deserves the MVP this year.
Cabrera, as you likely know, won the Triple Crown. That’s an incredible feat...
If you’re a baseball fan – hell, any type of sports fan whatsoever – this whole Miguel Cabrera winning the first triple crown since 1967 is gigantic news. It’s like the time you found out that the you know what coming from your you know what didn’t make you different, and that it was actually [...]
For the first time in 45 years, the Triple Crown has made its return to baseball, once again being awarded to an American League batter. Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera was given the honorable title after hitting .330 with 44 home runs and 139 RBIs, just beating out Mike Trout in average (.325) and Josh Hamilton in big flies (43). The last player to have earned the...
With the regular season over with the AL Central Champion Detroit Tigers now set their sites on surging Oakland Athletics in the ALDS. But how will the Tigers, who have arguably the best three man rotation in the playoffs and the best one-two punch in Cabrera and Fielder fair against a relatively unknown cast in the Oakland A’s?
In this weeks weeks edition of Detroit Sports Weekly...
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Everyone is caught up in the debate of whether Mike...
While the AL MVP discussion has probably reached the point where there’s not much left to say, there are a few other postseason awards that are up for grabs. This year, a good chunk of them are pretty clear cut, with our staff mostly selecting the same guys at each spot, with there only really being one or two races where there was much division among the ranks. We simply asked...
A series between two teams full of unique individuals doesn’t really fit into a nice plot with themes, characters and nemeses. But when in setting up this series, it still made sense to highlight the depth and undervalued skills on the Athletics and the top-heavy, star-driven status of the Tigers team. Two plate appearances from Sunday’s game two between these two teams seemed...
Here are the four rookie position players above 3.0 WAR in the 2012 season:NameTeamPABB%K%BABIPwOBAwRC+FldBsRWARMike TroutAngels63910.5%21.8%.383.42217513.36.810.4Bryce HarperNationals5979.4%20.1%.310.3531228.9-0.34.8Yoenis CespedesAthletics5408.0%18.9%.326.370138-220.127.116.11Norichika AokiBrewers5887.3%9.4%.304.3481180.1-1.43.1Two of these players are foreign imports — veterans of...