Miguel Cabrera 2006 6.4 WAR, 5th in the MVP
Now that he’s in Detroit and that putting up Ruthian numbers people seem to forget that he used to be a Marlin. 2006 is one of the best seasons by a Marlins player ever and one of the best cases for bolstering the value of sabermetrics. By conventional methods his 26/114/.339 triple crown stats are impressive but not nearly as impressive as his deeper stats. To begin with a .339 batting average hides an incredible .430 OBP only one point lower than Pujols’ .431 for the NL lead. His wOBA at .415 and wRC+ at 153 are world beating numbers.
In the world of excessive strikeout rates his 16.0% and 12.7 BB% highlight how impressive Miggy was in 2006 and that he had a legitimate case to win the MVP that year. If the sabermetrics revolution was as well established as it is now Cabrera would have had a better case.