Player Spotlight: Miguel Cabrera

Miguel CabreraThe reigning American League MVP, Miguel Cabrera is on pace to record even better numbers at the plate this season. An unthinkable feat considering the Tigers power hitting third basemen became the first player since Carl Yastrzemski to win MLB’s prestigious Triple Crown award (most home runs, RBIs and highest batting average in respective league) last season, but Cabrera’s recent hot streak has him at the top of the majors in several hitting categories.

Cabrera capped off his hot week at the plate by launching three home runs Sunday night against the Texas Rangers. It is the 27th multi-homerun game for Cabrera and second three homer game of his career; he previously hit three homeruns against Oakland on May 28, 2010. Over the week Cabrera had a .429 batting average with three doubles, four homeruns, seven RBIs while posting a .964 slugging percentage.

Cabrera aims to be the first third baseman honored as a back-to-back MVP winner since Hall of Famer and Franklin ambassador Mike Schmidt was named MVP in the 1980 and 1981 seasons. Schmidt played an integral role creating the first ever Franklin batting glove, forever changing the way players approach the batter’s box. Cabrera’s Franklin batting glove of choice is the NEO CLASSIC® II matching the Tigers' pearl and navy color combination.

Through the first 42 games of Cabrera’s 2012 MVP season, the Tigers offensive anchor recorded a .304/.362/.488 batting line with 34 RBIs, eight homeruns and 51 hits. Through the same amount of games this season, Cabrera has recorded a .387/.473/.659 batting line with 47 RBIs, 11 homeruns and 67 hits. He is currently ranked first in the majors for batting average, RBIs and hits.

Although Cabrera has been an offensive juggernaut this season the Tigers remain two games back of the Cleveland Indians for the AL Central lead. With a 23-19 record Cabrera strives to lift the Tigers back to the World Series this year and continue on his monumental pace at the plate.

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