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Cabrera, Tigers improve in 2014?
Good news, Detroit Tigers fans: Miguel Cabrera says he feels "free" after undergoing offseason surgery to repair damaged core muscles. And given that the slugger won his second American League MVP award in 2013, that could mean big things this coming season. Add this to ace Justin Verlander, who underwent similar surgery and called his injury a "blessing," and talk is positive surrounding Motown baseball (SweetSpot ranked the Tigers No. 2 in MLB for 2014, even with Prince Fielder now in Texas and an underwhelming season in the rearview). How will the Tigers fare?
For the second straight year, traditional numbers beat out advanced metrics on the American League Most Valuable Player ballot, with the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera receiving the award over Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. The scrape played out differently in the National League, where the Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen -- he of better modern numbers (but also more team wins) -- beat Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Do you agree with the picks?
Miguel Cabrera posted dazzling traditional numbers (.348 avg., 44 HRs, 137 RBIs) on a winner, while Mike Trout offered a better WAR.
Andrew McCutchen won the WAR with Paul Goldschmidt, but didn't slug as well (the latter had a 36-21 edge in homers and 125-84 in RBIs).
Who's No. 1?
Could a 22-year-old really be the premier player in the sport? Or is one of the MVPs better?
Who gets your MVP votes?
The narratives surrounding the MLB MVP races this year are compelling. In the AL, the past and future collide as Miguel Cabrera once again takes on Mike Trout for the title, while in the NL, Andrew McCutchen tries to become the first Pirates MVP since Barry Bonds in 1992. Our experts gave their choices the American League and National League MVP awards. Do you agree? Cast your votes now!
Miguel Cabrera is doing things with the bat that border on the absurd. He's far and away the best hitter in the game today and has an outside shot at winning an unprecedented second straight Triple Crown. Jayson Stark has him as one of the greatest right-handed hitters ever to play the game. Where would you rank him?
Rank: Baseball's best right-handed hitters
.305 AVG, .928 OPS, 755 HR
.297 AVG, .948 OPS, 449 HR
.321 AVG, .968 OPS, 359 HR
.325 AVG, .977 OPS, 361 HR
.325 AVG, 1.038 OPS, 534 HR
.313 AVG, 1.017 OPS, 331 HR
.358 AVG, 1.010 OPS, 301 HR
.302 AVG, .941 OPS, 660 HR
.321 AVG, 1.008 OPS, 492 HR
.312 AVG, .996 OPS, 555 HR
.294 AVG, .926 OPS, 586 HR
.300 AVG, .944 OPS, 648 HR
.301 AVG, .974 OPS, 521 HR
.328 AVG, .858 OPS, 101 HR
Baseball is the slowest of the major American sports, but only because its excitement comes in very short bursts. There's plenty of action to be had from the moment the pitcher winds up. SweetSpot blogger David Schoenfield has put together a list of the five most exciting players in baseball. How would you rate them? Submit your rankings now!
MLB's most exciting players
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