Miggy on broken-record pace
I guess you could file this under “Get Over It, Dude,” but Miguel Cabrera’s ongoing tear is another reason for older fans to scratch an old itch:
The attempts to compare baseball eras, with the idea of getting current players on higher pedestals. This is most obvious when today’s postseason performances are compared to yesteryear’s — which is ridiculous, since yesteryear the postseason involved dramatically fewer games.
And you don’t have to go all the way back to pre-1969, when we only had the World Series. For many years, the League Championship Series were best-of-five. Anyway, you get the idea.
And now we’re being told that Cabrera could set a big-league record for most RBIs into the All-Star Game break. At his current blistering pace, the Tigers third baseman would get to 107 ribbies by the July 14 timeout — compared to the record 103 in 1935 by Hank Greenberg.
A great storyline, especially in Detroit, since Greenberg was one of their own.
One big apples-to-oranges problem:
This season started on April 1 and Cabrera will have gone through 94 games by July 14.
The 1935 season, as did most seasons in that era, started on April 17 and Greenberg got to play 76 games prior to the July 8 All-Star Game.
A difference of 18 games seems quite significant. Just thought you might like to know.