Miggy and D-train
Prior to the 2008 season, the Tigers acquired Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera from the Florida Marlins in exchange for Burke Badenhop, Eulogio De La Cruz, Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller, Mike Rabelo, and Dallas Trahern. Cabrera, entering his 16th year in Detroit, has had quite the journey with the Detroit Tigers.
So far, he has 369 home runs, 1,324 runs batted in, a .306 batting average, 12 All-Star games, four batting titles, won MVP twice, and won seven Silver Slugger awards. He was the best pure hitter of the last 15 years, so smooth at the plate. He was also good against Hall of Fame pitchers as well, batting .364 against Greg Maddux. As he prepares to play his last MLB season, we cannot forget the day he became a Tiger.
Willis did not fare as well. His Tigers numbers were 2-8 and a 6.86 ERA. Cabrera will go down as one of the best pure hitters in MLB history. He made contact, hit home runs, and hit for average allen route to winning the Triple Crown, a rare feat in MLB history.