For Miami Marlins fans, Dec. 4, 2007 should be in the back of your head whenever you here the name of current Detroit Tigers perennial powerhouse Miguel Cabrera. On that day, the Marlins traded Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to the Tigers for Dallas Trahern, Burke Badenhop, Eulogio De La Cruz, Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller and Mike Rabelo.
Why is this the worst trade in franchise history? It is the worst because Cabrera is currently in the running to capture the first MLB batting triple crown since Boston Red Sox great Carl Yastrzemski did it in 1967. This is something that Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Stan Musial or Jackie Robinson have never done. This feat only comes once in a lifetime and Cabrera could not only be the first person to do it since 1967 but the first Venezuelan to ever do it.
Currently, Cabrera leads the three major categories you need to win the award, home runs, RBI and batting average. Cabrera has 44 home runs, 137 RBI and a batting average of .329. Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton could spoil is Triple Crown by beating him in the home run race. Hamilton is behind Cabrera with 43 home runs.
Cabrera started his career with the Marlins and won a World Series ring in his first year in 2003. In five years with Miami, he totaled 138 home runs, 523 RBI and a slash line of .313/.338/.542. The stats of a rising star.
It would have been nice to see Cabrera on the Marlins and leading this team especially in the new ballpark. The players that got did not work out and it is a shame to see him leading someone else other than Miami. The Tigers have a great player in Cabrera and if he does pull out a Triple Crown, it will be one of the organization’s finest moments in its history.
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