Young Power / What could have been if Miguel Sano didn’t need Tommy John surgery

Twenty-two players have hit 150 home runs or more by the age of 25 (Per baseball reference, the last season included is when a player is no older than 25 on June 30thof that season).  The list below is a who’s who of players that hit for power at a young age. You’ll notice a large number of active players have accomplished this feat, and that 10 of the 17 retired players are in the Hall of Fame.

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Miguel Cabrera should consider himself the luckiest man on the face of the earth

 

Lou Gehrig famously won the Triple Crown in 1934 (but not the MPV) and even more famously in 1939 Lou stated that he considered himself “the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”  Miguel Cabrera has won the Triple Crown; he is the first winner since 1967.  While it may be hyperbolic to say that Miguel Cabrera is the luckiest man on the face of the earth, it is in no way hyperbolic to suggest that luck factored significantly with him winning the Triple Crown.  Baseball is a game of luck and skill, and whenever a player puts up fantastic numbers (like Cabrera did this year); despite how skilled the player might be there is usually some component of good luck contributing to those numbers. Continue reading