Miguel Cabrera is now just 5 home runs away from joining the 400 club. The most striking stat behind this highly-regarded feat (?) His age. He just celebrated his 32nd birthday on April 18.
Back in March we predicted number 400 would come on May 22 just to have a little fun with “the watch”. It wasn’t exactly a reckless prediction given how consistent Cabrera has been throughout his prolific career, but up until Wednesday’s game in Minnesota Cabrera only had 3 jacks during the first month of the year.
After a slightly down year in 2014, when he had 25 dingers (his lowest HR total since his partial rookie year), some critics began to point to a typical demise to which all players eventually succumb – age.
The thing is, there is nothing typical about Cabrera. Sure, he may have peaked in 2012 and 2013 with his back to back 44 HR seasons, but his “demise” will be more gradual than the gentle slopes of Mt. Fuji., and with the same kind of majesty.
Here’s our rundown of the home run leaders for the month of April:
|Nelson Cruz||10||22||Defying Safeco|
|Hanley Ramirez||10||22||Good until hurt|
|Alex Gonzalez||8||19||Sizzling hot|
|Mark Teixeira||8||18||Is it Veteran's Month?|
|Joey Votto||7||17||Caveball Comeback|
|Todd Frazier||7||16||Shhh, critics.|
|Giancarlo Stanton||6||21||6 down / 41 to go*|
|Justin Upton||6||14||Defying Petco|
|Starling Marte||6||17||First syllable says it all|
|J.D. Martinez||6||15||6 down / 26 to go*|
|Devon Travis||6||19||Biggest surprise here|
|Miguel Cabrera||5||17||395 down / 5 to go|
|Chris Davis||5||16||5 down / 35 to go*|
|Mike Trout||5||14||Mr. Ambassador|
|Paul Goldschimdt||5||20||Most complete 1B|
|Adam Jones||5||19||Vlad's Reincarnation?|
|Corey Dickerson||5||13||5 down, 28 to go*|
|Josh Donaldson||5||16||Big bat/big lineup|
|Luis Valbuena||5||9||Should drop off|
|Jose Bautista||5||13||Just getting started|
|Bryce Harper||5||15||Good start|
|Alex Rodriguez||5||13||Who'd a thunk?|
|Jay Bruce||5||13||5 down / 25 to go*|
|Chris Young||5||11||Less than 12 AB/HR|
|Alex Guerrero||5||13||5 HR in 26 AB|
* Caveball’s projections for the bats with the biggest home run increases