Oct 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) during batting practice prior to game four of the American League Championship Series baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
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.