I realize that a lot of people might think this is a stupid question to ask because no one has won back-to-back AL MVP Awards since the 1960 and 1961 seasons when Roger Maris did it, and has only happened five times total, but I’m going to ask it anyway. Can Miguel Cabrera really repeat as the American League Most Valuable Player? Let’s just say that I wouldn’t bet against him.
Don’t get me wrong, I know that it’s not likely that he will repeat but if anyone was going to do it he would be the one. Since he came into the league in 2004 (his first full season) with the Florida Marlins, Cabrera has quickly became one of the best player in all of Major League Baseball. In his 9 full seasons the lowest batting average he’s posted was .292 back in 2008, his first season with the Detroit Tigers. Since that season he hasn’t fell below .324, plenty high enough to win the AL batting title.
Not only does he hit for average but he will consistently hit with power. In his time with Detroit he’s hit over 30 home runs every year, considering we are no longer in the “steroid era” where players were hitting 50 home runs a season he will most likely be in the top five in home runs as well.
Realistically you can say looking at his trends from the last few years that he could hit between .320 and .340 with 30 or 40 home runs and somewhere around 115 RBI. Those are best case scenarios, but not outside the realm of possibility. That will no doubt put him right in the mix for AL MVP.
Like I said before, I know that it’s a long shot just because it never happens. Players usually don’t come back with another MVP type year after winning the award, but Cabrera is a different kind of player. Coming into his 11th season in the league he’s not even 30-years-old and still in his prime (he’s 29-years-old). The odds are greatly against him but he could be the first to win back-to-back AL MVP awards since the 60’s.