Sometimes, heck, most of the time it’s hard to believe that the same Miguel Cabrera, the eight-year veteran who has 247 home runs, nearly 900 RBI, and a career batting average of .313 is only 27 years old!

By all accounts, however, Cabrera had one of the finest seasons of his career in 2010, and definitely one more than worthy of Bleacher Report Featured Columnist’s Silver Slugger Award at first base.

For the second consecutive season, and the fifth time in the past six years, Cabrera hit better than .300. His .328 average was the third-best in all of baseball. He also eclipsed 33 home runs for the sixth time in seven years and his 38 dingers placed him tied for fourth in both leagues. His 126 RBI led MLB, and marked the seventh consecutive season he’s driven in more than 100. 

Cabrera also finished in the top 10 in doubles, walks, on-base percentage, slugging and OPS, and he would have easily notched 200 hits had he not missed the better part of two weeks at the end of the year.

Had he stayed healthy and the Detroit Tigers remained in contention deeper into the season, Cabrera would have easily been my top pick for American League MVP. 

Instead, he’ll have to settle for the American League Silver Slugger at first base.

Congrats Miguel!

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