Jun 26, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (left) shares a laugh with first base coach Omar Vizquel (right) before the game against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Tigers beat the White Sox 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
#2 Miguel Cabrera
The Detroit Tigers miss Miguel Cabrera, they will miss him until he gets back (hopefully) sometime in August.
Miggy is not really a natural leader, but he leads by his play on the field and even when the Tigers’ lineup was scuttling through a four to five-week period from mid-April to mid-May. His consistently eventually led his teammates out of their struggles, which is a characteristic of leadership.
Even now when Cabrera is injured and away from the team rehabbing his calf injury, he still roots on his teammate through live Tweeting games.
After a “down” year by Miguel Cabrera standards, he came back this season strong. Despite missing the last two week, he still leads baseball with a .350 batting average, .456 OBP, and an incredible 1.034 OPS. He has reached base 97 times via hits and another 53 times through walks, most of those coming as intentional free passes.
Defensively, Miggy continues to be a vastly underrated first basemen. You can see the drop-off from his skills at the bag and the revolving door of non-first basemen the Tigers have tried to plug-in there during his absence.
Like with J.D. Martinez, it is hard to pick the best moment for Miggy, but we think the sheer power of this homer fits the bill.
Miguel Cabrera’s Signature First-Half Moment