Jul 3, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) during the national anthem before the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
#1: Miguel Cabrera
There is no doubt that number 24 will grace the left-field wall at Comerica Park. Miguel Cabrera is not only the best Detroit Tiger hitter in the past 30 years, but he is one of the best hitters to ever play the game of baseball. He was the first player in 45 years to win the Triple Crown batting award for leading the league in batting average, home runs, and RBIs. In every year that he has been in the MLB, he has received votes for the MVP award winning it in 2012 and 2013. Between the years of 2004 and 2013, he hit over 30 home runs in each season. In two seasons (2008 and 2012), he led the league in doubles. He has earned six Silver Slugger awards. He currently sits in the career 51st spot and active players third spot with a 72.2 oWAR.
Miggy currently leads the American League with his career .321 batting average. His ability to hit everything has earned him 205 intentional base-on-balls. He is in second place in this statistic with active players and 12th for career statistics.
In his rookie year, he hit four home runs in the post-season and helped the Florida Marlins win the World Series. He set the tone for his career by hitting a walk-off home run in his very first at-bat. His consistency at the plate has earned him comparisons to players like Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Al Kaline, and Ken Griffey.
He is the face of the Detroit Tigers and a fan favorite. Experts call him a pure hitter and the best hitter on the planet. Even his teammates try to emulate his swing, especially J.D. Martinez who earned his first Silver Slugger by copying Miggy’s iconic swing.