Miguel Cabrera is on a quite a tear as the second month of the 2013 season winds down. Last year’s American League Triple Crown winner is currently hitting .387/.457/.659 with 11 home runs and a .471 wOBA. It goes without saying, Cabrera is the best all-around hitter in the game today.
A former great, one with seven National League MVP awards to his credit, would agree that Cabrera is the best player in the game. It’s not even close, as Barry Bonds told USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale in a phone interview on Monday. Bonds just asks that we don’t get carried away and start comparing Cabrera to himself. There’s no argument to be made there, according to Bonds.
“He’s definitely the best. It’s not rocket science here. He’s the best. By far. Without a doubt. The absolute best. I don’t try to compare me to anybody. I was the best on the field. I did more things than he did. My game was different than his game. So comparing him, to me, there’s no comparison.
He doesn’t have my MVPs. He doesn’t have my numbers. Well, not yet, anyways. But does he have that ability? Yes, he does. Does he have that gift? Yes, he does.”
Never change, Barry Bonds, never change. Bonds, as is his wont, holds himself in high regard.
Not that I’m going to disagree with baseball’s home run king here. Bonds’ numbers speak for themselves. Cabrera is great, and his early 2013 numbers are absolutely staggering, but they’re nowhere near the totals Bonds put up between 2001-2004. In that span of four seasons, Bonds’ lowest WAR total was 10.1 (per Fangraphs measure).
Barry the king.
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