The Oakland Athletics aren’t having the best year. We’re almost halfway through the 2017 season, and they’re sitting last in the AL West. But one cool part about a struggling club is the young talent that gets called up to gain experience and show what they can do at the highest level. In Saturday’s game, the A’s saw three rookies hit their first home run in the Major Leagues.
Cabrera is having a rough year. His WAR is a cool 0.2, according to Baseball-Reference.com, and his current batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage would all be the worst of his career. His strikeout rate is up over 20 percent for the first time, and his defense is somewhere between “acceptable if he’s hitting” and “atrocious.” He’s even 0-for-1 on stolen base attempts.
At the same time, he’s still Miguel Cabrera, inner circle Hall of Famer. I would rather be wrong about him deserving an All-Star Game than be wrong about him not deserving one. When you go back to the days of Mays and Aaron, there were always a couple extra appearances for them in the sunset of their careers, something between a reward and an earnest desire to remember the good days.
And when I look at the options among AL first basemen, they’re all a bunch of weirdos. Logan Morrison was unremarkable for years, and now I’m supposed to believe he’s Joey Votto? Justin Smoak was unremarkable for years, and now I’m supposed to believe he’s a switch-hitting Paul Goldschmidt? Yonder Alonso was unremarkable for years, and now I’m supposed to believe he’s like the Logan Morrison Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping of Wholesale Jerseys Cheap the West Coast?