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Fielder on Cabrera: 'The best ever'

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08:13 AM ET 10.05 | Prince Fielder had a front-row seat all season long, witnessing a bit of history and enjoying the view. And Fielder could only shake his head in amazement. [Miguel Cabrera's] historic Triple Crown proved overwhelming to the prolific as well as the pedestrian. "Do people really understand what he just did?" Fielder asked, his eyes widening. "You have to play at an extraordinarily high level every night over the course of 162 games. You're fighting fatigue, battling nagging injuries. You're facing more specialized bullpen pitching than before. There's a reason why this hadn't happened in 45 years. How people cannot look at what he did in absolute astonishment is beyond me." Fielder called Cabrera "the best ever."

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Miguel Cabrera, Icon Sports Miguel Cabrera, Icon Sports
October 5, 2012  08:19 AM ET

I'll drink to that!

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October 5, 2012  08:40 AM ET

Thanks to Fielder, Cabrera is getting all the pitches. Cabrera won't be as good if Fielder is not batting behind him.

October 5, 2012  08:42 AM ET
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Thanks to Fielder, Cabrera is getting all the pitches. Cabrera won't be as good if Fielder is not batting behind him.

He's been putting up those kinds of numbers his entire career.

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October 5, 2012  09:10 AM ET

Here's another question: why wasn't Ted Williams ever considered a Hispanic ballplayer when his mother was a Mexican-American?

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October 5, 2012  09:37 AM ET
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She wasnt full blooded, that much I knowBut during the era Ted Williams broke in to the league those sort of things were kept in the closet

His mother was born in El Paso, but her parents were from Mexico.

October 5, 2012  09:39 AM ET
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But during the era Ted Williams broke in to the league those sort of things were kept in the closet

Kind of like his head is now.

October 5, 2012  09:45 AM ET
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Kind of like his head is now.

ba da bing..

October 5, 2012  09:54 AM ET

My definition as best ever also includes playing in the field and making all of the plays.

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October 5, 2012  10:40 AM ET
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Yea as much as I dislike Cabrera, you are right

Why do you dislike him?

October 5, 2012  10:45 AM ET

Fielder fails to mention that in Ted Williams day there were only six teams in the AL. The best 24 starting pitchers in the league. With a 16 team league and five starters in a rotation you face the top 80. The mound was higher in Williams day, the lights not as good and on and on. Kudos to Cabrera, but Fielder does not need to be a cheerleader for him, history will happen and that is that.

October 5, 2012  11:16 AM ET
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Fielder fails to mention that in Ted Williams day there were only six teams in the AL. The best 24 starting pitchers in the league. With a 16 team league and five starters in a rotation you face the top 80. The mound was higher in Williams day, the lights not as good and on and on. Kudos to Cabrera, but Fielder does not need to be a cheerleader for him, history will happen and that is that.

True, but the population base we draw from is much larger. In Williams day only white Americans were allowed to play. Today we not only have all Americans,but we get the best from South America, Central America, Asia, and Europe. That is a much larger population base to draw from.

When I was a kid, if you had a guy throwing 90 MPH, you had a real power pitcher, and if you had a guy who could jack it up at 100 mph you had a once-in-a-lifetime weapon. Now they ALL throw 90 MPH, and every team has someone who can hit 100. And they throw those stupid bendy pitches, like a slider and a cut fastball, that hadn't even been invented until the last few years.

And then their is relief pitching. It used to be that a pitcher finished the game, no matter how poorly he was pitching. Hitters would hit about 400 from the 7th inning on, beating up on exhausted starters. No more. If the starter gets tired, they replace him with a fresh arm. Jim Palmer used to talk about his "variable chance fastball." If he was getting tired, then rather than wasting a good pitch on some guy at the bottom of the order, he would throw one slow and straight, and dare the batter to hit it. No more--if the pitcher is tired, he tells the coach to warm someone up, and he keeps firing his best stuff until he is relieved.

It is much tougher to hit these days.

October 5, 2012  11:23 AM ET
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Thanks to Fielder, Cabrera is getting all the pitches. Cabrera won't be as good if Fielder is not batting behind him.

Are you young. Maris/Mantle, Colavito/ Cash, That's what baseball's all about. All through history you put a great hitter in front of another.

 
October 5, 2012  11:29 AM ET
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Question:Why are the best hitters weird dudes? Cabrera..Manny Ramirez, Ted Williams....

Not a hitter, Mark Fydrich, talked to the ball, got down on all fours to smooth the mound. The 'Bird' was wierd, but good weird.Would throw back balls that "had hits in them."

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