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Using the wRC+ stat from FanGraphs, Cabrera ranks 19th among right-handed batters since 1901.
Rk Player RBI Age1 Babe Ruth 1331 30-402 Barry Bonds 1236 30-423 Rafael Palmeiro 1233 30-404 Hank Aaron 1176 30-425 Dave Winfield 1139 30-436 Stan Musial 1136 30-42
OK, let’s look at OPS+ from Baseball-Reference.com—a player’s on-base plus slugging percentage, but adjusted for park and era. Cabrera doesn’t fare quite as well there, with an OPS+ of 152, 16th-best since 1901, and behind Frank Thomas, Pujols, Jeff Bagwell, Ramirez and Mike Piazza, among more recent players (although better than A-Rod). Remember, the early part of Cabrera’s career still came in the high-scoring period, which really didn’t end until about 2008, when offensive numbers started dropping.
Both AROD and Junior were quite a bit further ahead of Aaron in RBIs through age 29
Ten awesome things about Miguel Cabrera
A durable Giambi who is only bad, not terrible at defense!
"Having more home runs than Willie Mays" is a bit of a cheat. Mays spent nearly 2 years in the military. Obviously, only really good players will pass Mays even with that advantage, but it doesn't put them in Mays' class as a HR hitter.
But he wasn't in Cabrera's league as a hitter, and he didn't have perfect health.
1. Jason Giambi was an excellent hitter. Matching Giambi's career OPS+ at any stage is pretty impressive, and being comparable to him is hardly an insult. Right now, deep into his decline, Giambi's career 141 OPS+ is still 69th all time, ahead of Hall-of-Famers like Duke Snider, Reggie Jackson, Chuck Klein, George Brett, and Al Kaline -- that's really good!
Plus playing third the last even as poorly as he does, carries even more value and makes the Giambi type comparisons an even farther stretch.
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