José Miguel Cabrera Torres (born April 18, 1983), commonly known as Miguel Cabrera and nicknamed "Miggy", is a Venezuelan professional baseball first baseman who plays for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB). Since his debut in 2003 he is a two-time American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) award winner, and a nine-time MLB All-Star. He has played at first and third base for most of his major league career, but primarily played left and right field before 2006.
Cabrera was signed in 1999 as an amateur free agent by the Florida Marlins, and progressed through their minor league system. He made his MLB debut in mid-2003 at the age of 20, and contributed to the Marlins' World Series success later that year. Cabrera was a regular player for the Marlins over the next four seasons before being traded to the Detroit Tigers in late 2007. In 2012, Cabrera became the first player since 1967 to win the batting Triple Crown, leading the AL with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs, and 139 RBI, earning him the AL MVP award that year. In 2013 Cabrera improved on the previous year's batting performance, and received another AL MVP award.
Cabrera is widely regarded to be one of the best pure hitters in baseball, combining great power with a high batting average and walk rate, along with a low strikeout percentage. He has hit 30 or more home runs during nine separate seasons, and has a career .320 batting average. Cabrera has been praised for hitting many line drives and fly balls whilst maintaining a low pop-up rate, hitting the ball to all fields, and for his notable ability to drive inside pitches for home runs.
By Dean Hanley