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Tyler Kepner on Miguel Cabrera:

Only five players in major league history have had 1,500 hits and 250 homers, while hitting .310 or better, through their age-28 season. They are Jimmie Foxx, Mel Ott, Hank Aaron, Albert Pujols and Cabrera.

That is heady company, but Cabrera said he did not think much about his place in history.

“It’s too early,” he said Friday night after the first victory of a three-game sweep over the Cleveland Indians. “You never know what’s going to happen tomorrow or next month or next year.”

The man is a monster talent.

[Photo Credit: CBS News]


1 Jon DeRosa   ~  Aug 23, 2011 9:10 am

Right now, win the AL East and you'll face the best pitcher and the best hitter in the AL playoffs. Tough reward. Better to go up against Texas in Texas or deal with Verlander and Miggy C?

2 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 23, 2011 9:12 am

True. But what if the Angels win it?

3 BobbyB   ~  Aug 23, 2011 10:12 am

Hey, I thought that CC was the best pitcher in the AL East?

4 Jon DeRosa   ~  Aug 23, 2011 10:14 am

[3] tigers, and verlander, the best pitcher in the league this year, are in the AL central

5 RIYank   ~  Aug 23, 2011 11:09 am

Jon, the thing is, the Red Sox have terrible trouble with the Rangers. I don't know if that sort of 'match-up' issue is real or just a small sample artifact, but I think all things considered I'd rather face Verlander and the Tigers.

6 Jon DeRosa   ~  Aug 23, 2011 11:22 am

[5] good point.

i stumped for detroit in 2006 over minnesota and that didn't work out too well. probably just best to try to beat the sox head to head, take the crown and let the chips opponents line themselves up.

7 Jon DeRosa   ~  Aug 23, 2011 2:21 pm

dave cameron looks at this question today on fangraphs. leans towards winning the division since it means home field in the ALCS.

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