We've seen quite a few stellar swan songs the past few years in Major League Baseball. David Ortiz and Albert Pujols are among the legends to have great final seasons to end their careers. While he may not quite be on their level, Miguel Cabrera is having himself quite the farewell campaign.
What a beautiful sight the past few months have been. The power may not be there, but Miggy has been fantastic for most of the season for the Detroit Tigers.
Since May 30, Miggy is hitting .301 with a .775 OPS and a 114 wRC+. He may only have three home runs, but he's not just hitting singles. Yes, there are some doubles mixed in this season as well.
He has 16 doubles on the season. That's more than last season, and as many as he hit in 2021. He's finding some gaps and some corners, and it's wonderful to see.
Again, the home run power may not be there anymore, but the bat-to-ball skills are as good as they've ever been. He knows how to make contact and simply put the ball where there are no fielders.
The overall numbers are still below average. A slash line of .258/.322/.349 with an 86 wRC+ is nothing to write home about. But he started the season on such a sour note.
Through May 29, he was hitting just .169 with a wRC+ of 29. He looked like he was done. There was talk of him not finishing the season. It seemed like he was cooked. Then he remembered he was Miguel freaking Cabrera.
That's not who he is. That's never been who he was. He's not a .169 hitter. He has over 3,000 career hits for a reason. He's one of the best hitters ever.
For the past three months or so, Miguel Cabera has reminded of us of who he is — a hitting machine. He's going to be a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer. Enjoy him while he's here, Tigers fans.