2012 Miguel Cabrera or 1911 Ty Cobb? – The Athletic

Every Tuesday, The Athletic MLB answers a different version of a simple question: Who would you rather have? We’ve debated the merits of players, mascots, managers and historical figures. This week, we partake in a timeless baseball exercise — comparing great players from two very different eras.

There is a statue of Ty Cobb, the Georgia Peach, the gray ghost of Detroit baseball history, beyond the outfield walls at Comerica Park. Cobb is depicted sliding, spikes tilted slightly upward, aggressive and rageful, a “Terrible Beauty,” as Charles Leerhsen titled his authoritative Cobb biography.

One day, there will likely be a statue of Miguel Cabrera out there, too. You imagine the Cabrera statue depicting the Tigers’ most powerful slugger admiring a home run, or perhaps in mid-swing, one of baseball’s most pristine examples of controlled power, sweet ferocity.

Cobb and Cabrera are two different players from two very different…

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