On Friday July 28, the Miami Marlins will be celebrating former star Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera played for the then Florida Marlins from 2003 to 2007. He was traded to the Detroit Tigers prior to the 2008 season in the worst trade in Miami Marlins history. He is expected to retire after this season. Cabrera is a member of the 3000 hit club and has a career WAR of 67.4.
The Miami Marlins will be celebrating former star Miguel Cabrera on Friday.
Miguel Cabrera was signed as an international free agent by the Florida Marlins in 1999. He debuted in 2003 as a 20 year old after quickly coming up through the Minor Leagues. Cabrera debuted as a LF and batted .268/.325/.468, with 12 home runs and 62 RBI in 87 games and 314 AB. He was worth 0.6 WAR. He batted .265/.315/.471 with 4 home runs and 12 RBI in 17 games and 68 AB in the playoffs. The team of course won the World Series that season.
Continuing in the OF in 2004, Miggy batted .294/.366/.512 with 33 home runs and 112 RBI in 160 games and 603 AB. He was worth 3.5 WAR. In 2005, he batted .323/.385/.561 with 33 home runs and 116 RBI in 158 games and 613 AB. This time he was worth 5.2 WAR and finished in top 5 of NL MVP voting. In 2006, he moved to third base and followed his 2005 production with a .339/.430/.568 batting line 158 games and 576 AB. He was worth 5.8 WAR and once again finished in the top 5 in NL MVP voting.
2007 ended up being Miggy's last season with the then Florida Marlins. He batted .320/.401/.565 with 34 home runs and 119 RBI. He was worth 3.2 WAR and continued his streak of All-Star Game selections since 2004. Unfortunately, this ended up being his last season on the team. He was traded to the Detroit Tigers in the worst trade in Miami Marlins history. It was so bad, that the two links is enough as I don't want to talk more about it. Just see what could've been...
The future Hall of Famer has batted .305/.382/.513 for the Detroit Tigers since the trade and won the AL Pennant in 2012.
Let's celebrate Miguel Cabrera this Friday!