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How does Cabrera stack up back to back?

Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera could win his second consecutive American League Triple Crown this season. Honest. It could happen.

Detroit Tigers third baseman, and reigning AL Triple Crown winner, Miguel Cabrera.

Cabrera leads the AL with a .360 average and 120 RBIs and there are still 38 games to play. He also has 40 homers, but is seven behind Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis.

But I wouldn’t count Cabrera out.

His numbers over the past couple of seasons got me to thinking about what hitters in baseball history have been able to match Cabrera for back-to-back seasons. So I did a search today of many of the top hitters in baseball history to see how they stack up against Cabrera for two seasons of production in a row.

I’m not including Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa or Mark McGwire. You know why; don’t make me explain. They are not deserving of being mentioned in this conversation.

But I did include 15 others. First, Cabrera’s numbers for 2012 and the numbers he is on pace for this season:

Miguel Cabrera

         Avg.     HR      RBI     OPS     Total bases    Slugging Pct.

2012 (age 29)                  .330        44       139     .999         377                   .606

2013 (projected)             .360        52       157    1.141        406                   .689

Willie Mays

1954 (age 23)                   .345        41       110    1.078       377                    .677

1955                                   .319        51       127    1.059       382                   .659

Henry Aaron

1959 (age 25)                    .355       39       123     1.037      400                   .636

1960                                   .292       40       126       .919       334                   .566

Ted Williams

1941 (age 22)                    .406       37       120      1.287      335                    .735

1942                                    .356       36       137      1.147      338                    .648

Stan Musial

1948 (age 27)                     .376       39       131      1.152      429                    .702

1949                                    .338       36       123      1.062      382                   .624

Albert Pujols

2008 (age 28)                    .357       37       116       1.114       342                   .653

2009                                   .327        47       135      1.101       374                   .658

Babe Ruth

1920 (age 25)                    .376        54       137       1.379       388                   .847

1921                                    .378        59       171       1.359       457                   .846

Lou Gehrig

1927 (age 24)                     .373        47       175       1.240       447                   .765

1928                                    .374        27       142       1.115        364                   .648

Jimmie Foxx

1932 (age 24)                     .364        58       169      1.218        438                   .749

1933                                     .356        48       163      1.153        403                  .703

Hank Greenberg

1937 (age 26)                      .337        40       183      1.105        397                   .668

1938                                     .315         58       146      1.122        380                  .683

Rogers Hornsby

1924 (age 28)                      .424        25         94      1.203        373                  .696

1925                                      .403       39        143      1.245        381                  .756

Mickey Mantle

1956 (age 24)                       .353       52        130      1.169        376                  .705

1957                                       .365       34          94      1.177         315                  .665

Hack Wilson

1929 (age 29)                       .345        39        159      1.044        355                 .618

1930                                      .356        56        191       1.177         423                 .723

Al Simmons

1929 (age 27)                       .365        34        157       1.040        373                 .642

1930                                      .381        36        165       1.130        392                 .708

Joe DiMaggio

1937 (age 22)                       .346        46        167       1.085        418                 .673

1938                                      .324        32        140        .967         348                 .581