15 August 2012
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has been around baseball for a while.
So for him to say Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is the best hitter in the league ... that might be saying something.
Gardenhire had high praise for Cabrera after the slugger took the first pitch he saw from Cole DeVries opposite-field for a solo home run in the first inning Wednesday. Cabrera also had an RBI single later in the Tigers' 5-1 win.
“He’s just an animal," Gardenhire said. "I think he’s the best hitter in our league, as far as power the whole package, driving in runs, producer. I’ve said that for a few years, though.
"He’s so dangerous. Just to watch him. He hit that ball (on the home run) like a lefthander hits it. The wind was blowing in from there, and he’s just so strong. He seemed like he flicked it, but he’s a really good baseball player.”
With today's home run, Cabrera became the first Tigers hitter in history to hit at least 30 home runs in five consecutive seasons. On Tuesday, he reached 100 RBIs in a season for the fifth consecutive time in a Tigers uniform.
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