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August 11th, 2017 at 7:05 PM
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One statistic sums up the kind of season Miguel Cabrera is having.

The Detroit Tigers first baseman has hit just three doubles in his past 46 games and 188 plate appearances. He has also batted just .225/.293/.367 in that span with seven home runs.

However, the three doubles stand out.

“He has always been a gap-to-gap hitter who happened to hit home runs,” a Tigers’ person said. “Really, though, Miggy is a doubles’ hitter at heart. When he’s hitting doubles then you know he’s going well.”

Cabrera has gone well for so much of the time over his 15-year career that he seems to be on course to one day reach the Hall of Fame. He entered this season with a .321/.399/.562 career line, 446 home runs, the American League triple crown in 2012, two AL Most Valuable Player awards and 11 consecutive All-Star selections.

However, Cabrera was not selected to the All-Star Game this season and is hitting just .255/.341/.411 with 13 homers in 99 games. His WAR, according to Baseball-Reference, is 0.0, which means he is playing at a replacement-player level.

“It’s just to jarring to see him struggling like this,” the Tigers’ person said. “He’s the greatest all-round hitter of his generation. It’s hard to understand what is going on. Is he hiding an injury? Is age catching up to him? Nobody knows.”

Five years ago, I stood behind the cage at Comerica Park with Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon before Cabrera began batting practice. McClendon looked at me, smiled then said to Cabrera, “Miggy, go around the world for John.”

Cabrera proceeded to hit five consecutive home runs, in order, to left field, left-center, center field, right-center and right field. The display was nothing short of amazing.

Recently, during his first round of batting practice, Cabrera was unable to even …

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