Reggie Jackson said he doesn’t see a debate where the AL MVP award is concerned.
“MVP conversations are for people who don’t understand the game,” Jackson said Wednesday at Comerica Park. “And those conversations are for people who don’t know what a Triple Crown means. They don’t understand the greatness of what Miguel Cabrera has done this year.”
...“W.A.R. evaluates the average player well but does not work in evaluating the great players,” Jackson said. “People under 40 tend to see the MVP as being Trout with the W.A.R. ratings. But people over 40 understand the Triple Crown that Miguel won this year, and know just how impressive that is.”
...“Cabrera is a pure hitter, just the purest hitter,” Jackson, 66, said. “You can see how it all begins by looking into his eyes before an at-bat. There is a determination and the thought of constant adjustments going through his mind that you can see.
“He is going to get the barrel of the bat on the ball. He lines up to hit a line drive to right-center, and he only very rarely tries to hit a homer, and when he lines up to squarely hit the baseball, there are not many who can stop him.”
Jackson, now an executive with the Yankees, also is impressed with his play since moving from first base to third base this season.
“I really enjoy watching him play defense,” Jackson said. “He gets around pretty good and he’s a giant. Watch him move for a guy who is at least 270 pounds!”