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Miguel Cabrera home run Gif > Yu Darvish pitches Gif

May 24, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

Miguel Cabrera Getty Getty Images

I was a big fan of Drew Sheppard’s Gif of Yu Darvish throwing five different pitches. As were some folks in Japan, who inexplicably made that post the most-read thing in the history of HardballTalk. By a wide margin.

But I think I’m more impressed by Drew putting six Miguel Cabrera home runs into one Gif:*

You simply can’t pitch this guy anywhere right now. He will hit just about anything out of the park. Including six pitches that were all basically out of the strike zone.

*I had originally embeded the Cabrera Gif in this post, not realizing that Fangraphs had a post of it themselves. Figured it was just floating around on Twitter like a lot of other Gifs. Regardless, Apologies to Drew and FG.

  1. hgulkkcaj - May 24, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Wow, you’re right. This is way cooler than the Yu Darvish thing.

  2. nbjays - May 24, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    That is awesome! There’s no safe place to pitch Miggy right now, unless it’s in the dirt or over his head.

    • ThatGuy - May 24, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      Judging by the GIF, it appears no one has tried directly in the middle of the strike zone. Maybe that’s his kryptonite.

    • pandorasdadca - May 24, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      Sure there is. Ask Sergio Romo of the Giants. If Cabrera is looking slider, throw him a tailing fastball on the outside corner. He’ll take it to end the biggest AB of his career.

    • ptfu - May 24, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      Reminds me of Vladimir Guerrero. That dude hit everything hard.

  3. Liam - May 24, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Cabrera has reached the point where a pitcher’s best approach with him is the old “throw him your best pitch and then back up third base” style.

  4. stex52 - May 24, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    The two of them together demonstrate two things:

    1. How incredibly hard it is to be a major league hitter. All of Darvishes pitches came from essentially the same release point, and they were all over the map.

    2. But how a top major league hitter can still do it, and with power.

    Really slick demos.

  5. scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 24, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Thanks Home Run Hunter!

  6. philliesblow - May 24, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    These can’t be Miggy’s last 6 HR’s. That’s Tommy Hunter of the Orioles pitching and Miggy’s HR’s have come against the Rangers, Indians and Twins. Tigers haven’t played the O’s yet. Still, very cool.

    • Craig Calcaterra - May 24, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      Ah, oops. Will fix.

      • dondada10 - May 24, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        Out of curiosity, Craig, what was the most viewed post before the Darvish GIF post?

    • gilbert718 - May 24, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      you’re right, miggy hasn’t hit one against hunter this year

    • beefytrout - May 24, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      None of the homeruns are from this year… does anyone read anymore?

      • El Bravo - May 24, 2013 at 1:35 PM

        apparently not. this isn’t cooler than the yu one on its face either. after reading it, and only then, does the coolness become apparent if you ask me.

  7. conjecture101 - May 24, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    With all this emphasis on plate discipline its a bit ironic that not one of these pitches is in the strike zone.

  8. El Bravo - May 24, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Craig this is <= at best. The Japanese know what's up.

  9. cur68 - May 24, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    All I see is a composite thought-bubble that reads:

    “¡Si, Motherf*cker!”

    Holeeee craaaaaap is that guy good….

    • historiophiliac - May 24, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      /smokes cigarette, falls asleep

  10. ravensallday2012 - May 24, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Chris Davis is hitting better

  11. missingdiz - May 24, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Amazing! I’m no Tigers fan, but you have to appreciate greatness. Fielder’s no slouch either–the two of them are closing in on 100 rbi’s between them.

    I’m no hitting coach, but I’ve never noticed anybody who hit so completely off his front foot. Cabrera’s right foot is just dangling there, the toe barely touching the ground. He must have gymnast-level balance to hit the ball so hard like that. He’s not really pulling the ball even when he hits it to left. Compare w/ Reggie Jackson knocking himself down with his swing.

  12. hansob - May 24, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    meh…. small sample size.

  13. scoregasmic - May 25, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    What? Chris Davis is not hitting better. He has 15hrs…but Cabby has 14 and is batting .391 with 55 RBIs(leading the league in both categories)

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