Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson was a teammate of Hank Aaron’s on the Atlanta Braves in 1973 and 1974. Johnson spoke to the media on Sunday about a current slugger, Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers, who reminds him of the baseball legend.
Johnson said that Cabrera and Aaron are similar in a few respects:
Early in his career, Aaron used the whole field. Later in his career, all he did was pull everything. A lot of what Cabrera does reminds me a lot of Aaron in his younger days. Aaron would go to the opposite field (USA Today).
Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis also spoke about Cabrera’s stunning opposite-field power:
He’s not looking to pull. It’s the weirdest thing: How short his swing is, and how long it stays through the zone. You’ll see a 500-foot home run to left, and then you’ll see three line drives over the second baseman. His pitch recognition is unbelievable.
Of course, to make the comparison to Aaron complete, Cabrera needs an appearance on Futurama. Better get on that before the show ends!
[Source: USA Today]