MaudDib wrote:One thing that doesn't get talked about with Cabrera is his willingness to play a position he likely knew he wasn't good at. The Tigers signed Fielder and Cabrera was willing to move to a much harder position for the betterment of the team. When Michael Young did it, he was praised for his leadership and putting the team ahead of himself. When Jeter refused and put a better defender at 3B, we lambasted him for his selfishness. And yet when Cabrera does an unselfish act, we make fun of him and then hold it against him after a tremendous season. If Cabrera was playing 1st, his numbers wouldn't be nearly as bad and his WAR and other stats wouldn't be quite as far off from Trouts. He also relearned a tough position and still hit the crap out of the ball. We usually give players a pass if they are learning new position and don't hit as well but Cabrera didn't have that problem either.
Trout maybe had a better season but Cabrera had a very good one and did a lot of things to help his team better even if it doesn't show up on a stat sheet.
Cabrera has always wanted to paly 3B. How is moving from 1B to 3B considered a sacrifice, anyway? That's like saying he was willing to move from 8th in the order up to 4th. oooh, what a team player. If he moved to DH since he's a terrible fielder, that might be something to laud him for. But we know that ain't happening.