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Miguel Cabrera in some elite company at age 27

Apr 19, 2010, 12:54 PM EDT

Miguel Cabrera turned 27 years old yesterday and celebrated with his 212th career homer, which got me curious about where his production at his age ranks in baseball history.
After all, Cabrera was a full-time player for a World Series team at age 20, has played at least 155 games in every year since then, and has never hit fewer than 25 homers, driven in fewer than 100 runs, or batted below .290 in a full season.
He still has another 150 or so games to include in his “through age 27″ production, but assuming he matches last year’s numbers (.324/.396/.547 with 34 homers and 103 RBIs) here’s where Cabrera would rank in various categories among players at the end of their age-27 seasons:
Games: 1,200 (20th)
Hits: 1,418 (12th)
Doubles: 287 (4th)
Homers: 243 (12th)
RBIs: 856 (10th)
Total Bases: 2,458 (9th)
Extra-Base Hits: 542 (10th)
Not bad, huh?
Cabrera may be overlooked at times because he’s never blasted 40 homers or finished higher than fourth in the MVP balloting–and certainly didn’t make any fans with his drunken arrest last October–but in terms of consistent excellence few hitters in baseball history can match him at this stage of their careers.
Today’s birthday boy isn’t bad either: Joe Mauer joins Cabrera at age 27 today and the reigning MVP already has more batting titles than every other catcher in baseball history combined. Also born in 1983? Zack Greinke, Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez, Justin Verlander, Nick Markakis, Dustin Pedroia, Ryan Braun, and Cole Hamels. Oh, and me (although my numbers through age 27 don’t compare so favorably).

  1. enough already - Apr 19, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    There’s also his reputation for having lackadaisical work habits and a bad attitude.

  2. thethe - Apr 19, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    Does anyone really think Miguel Cabrera is actually 27 years old?

  3. csjoholm - Apr 23, 2010 at 12:54 AM

    “already has more batting titles than every other catcher in baseball history combined.”
    No he hasn’t – he’s won three. Ernie Lombardi won the NL title in 1938 and 1942, Bubbles Hargreave in 1926. King Kelly played half of his 1886 season as a catcher (56 games in the outfield, 53 at catcher, and a handful in the infield).

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