Miguel Cabrera is retiring after next season. This is not really surprising considering he’ll be 40 years old next season, and it’s clear that his best days are behind him. Cabrera is currently the Detroit Tigers DH, but there was a time when he played for the Miami Marlins. The Florida Marlins to be more precise. Unfortunately, he was traded in arguably the worst trade in The Fish’s franchise history. I wrote a “what-if he stayed” article that showed how much of a difference he would’ve made for us.
Miguel Cabrera is going to retire after next season.
Miguel Cabrera started his career for the then Florida Marlins as in 2003. He batted .268/.325/.468 and helped the team win the World Series. He officially broke out the following season with a .294/.366/.512 batting line with 33 home runs and 112 RBI in 160 games. That season he became our leftfielder, switching to third base by 2006.
Cabrera continued to dominate and racking up MVP votes as he batted .323/.385/.561 in 2005 with 33 home runs and 116 RBI, and then .339/.430/.568 in 2006. 2007 was his final season in Miami, as he batted .320/.401/.565 with 34 home runs and 119 RBI.
This was followed by the then Florida Marlins regrettably sending Miguel Cabrera to the Detroit Tigers for well scraps. None of the players acquired worked out, and we had to watch him become the best hitter in the game as well as becoming a first baseman.
Cabrera was phenomenal for Detroit during his time there, batting .292/.349/.537 in 2008; .324/.396/.547 in 2009; .328/.420/.622 in 2010; .344/.448/.586 in 2011; .330/.393/.606 in 2012, winning the AL MVP in the process; .348/.442/.636 in 2013; .313/.371/.524 in 2014; .338/.440/.534 in 2015 and his last good season: .316/.393/.563 in 2016. He declined from there.
Miguel Cabrera won the AL MVP award in both 2012 and 2013, the World Series with the Miami Marlins (Florida Marlins at the time) in 2003, two pennants (2003 with The Fish and in 2012 with the Detroit Tigers) and had 11 All-Star game selections. It was a pretty good career to say the least. Cabrera accumulated 67.7 WAR for his career and should be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Lets honor Miguel Cabrera as we say goodbye to the legend after next season. Miguel Cabrera is easily one of the best hitters of this generation.