Cabrera, the first Triple Crown winner since Carl Yastrzemski accomplished the feat in 1967, is on pace to become the second. He leads the majors in batting average and runs batted in, and he's just getting warm.
Fielder, who along with Cabrera resists any attempt by Tigers manager Jim Leyland to give him an occasional rest, is second in the league only to Miguel in RBIs with 32. He currently punches the clock with a .302 average and has eight long balls to his credit.
Their hitting quirks are obvious to discerning fans. Cabrera has an amazing ability to adjust his right foot, the one that is supposed to remain stationary for right-handed hitters, during the split second or so after a pitcher releases the ball before he smashes it, usually to the opposite field.
Fielder, whose bat looks like a toothpick in his hands, has an uncanny ability to know when to swing for the fences and when to simply put the ball in play. He might look silly at the plate if he weren't so good.
Cabrera hails from Venezuela; Fielder was born right here in the Motor City where his father Cecil was having fun hitting balls over the roof in left at The Corner. But they seem to have some "good buds" karma going on. There are other dynamic duos in baseball, of course, but none as accomplished as the two fun-loving Tigers. Their joyful celebration of each other's -- and the team's -- accomplishments help make a sometimes tedious sport more engaging.
Combined, they have 14 jacks and 68 RBIs, and the party is just getting started.
Look for the Tigers to run away with the AL Central and claim their first World Series crown since Gibby took it to the Goose at The Corner in the fall of 1984. Comerica Park and the fans that fill it up week in and week out deserve a championship team. And with Cabrera and Fielder leading the way, not to mention Justin Verlander, the odds seem short that they'll get one.
A search for timely and objective contrary suggestions has so far yielded no takers. Hitting duos superior to these two are apparently nowhere to be found.
A lifelong follower of the Detroit Tigers, Mike has covered sports, automotive, government and interfaith issues for publications and websites including "The Detroit News," Internet Auto Guide, Opposing Views, American Thinker, Examiner and A Common Word.
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