Cabrera, Greenberg linked as Detroit Tigers’ greatest sluggers

From Gregg Krupa at the Detroit News on August 29, 2013, with mention of SABR member John Rosengren:

They are two huge right-handed sluggers, fated for fame and destined to dominate at the plate in their times.

Miguel Cabrera, 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, stands in the batter’s box like an NFL tight end brandishing a bat.

The late Hank Greenberg was a colossal tower, hulking over most men of the first half of the 20th century, at 6-3 and 225 pounds.

Cabrera’s outstanding offensive accomplishments include two massively productive years, 2011 and 2013, wrapped around the first Triple Crown season in 45 years.

Greenberg’s twin pair of prolific seasons — 1934 and 1935 and then 1937 and 1938 — were equally dominant.

A city stops to watch “Miggy” hit, just as it did for “Hammerin’ Hank.”

Their unusual combination of precision and power forced the baseball cognoscenti to rank them with the likes of Aaron, Ruth and Foxx.

And, especially for people who share the men’s heritage, they provide transcendent inspiration.

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Originally published: August 29, 2013. Last Updated: August 29, 2013.