In March, I suggested in this space that Miguel Cabrera would have his worst season as a Tiger.
"I remember," Dave Dombrowski told me a few days ago.
Dombrowski, the Tigers' president and general manager, was standing in a Milwaukee hotel at baseball's executive meetings when I reminded him of my mid-spring prediction. He smiled.
You see, Miguel Cabrera did not have his worst season as a Tiger in 2011. He was magnificent.
Cabrera won the American League batting title. He led Detroit to a division championship and past the Yankees in the first round of the playoffs. He posted his eighth consecutive 100-RBI season, pushing his career total beyond where Albert Pujols was at the same age (28). On Monday, Cabrera will finish among the top 10 in AL MVP balloting maybe the top five.
There were credible reasons why I harbored so many doubts about Cabrera's 2011 season: His arrest on suspicion of drunk driving the second highly publicized alcohol incident of his career had happened l...