Miguel Cabrera in some elite company at age 27

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Miguel Cabrera turned 27 years old yesterday and celebrated with his 212th career homer, which got me curious about where his production at his age ranks in baseball history.
After all, Cabrera was a full-time player for a World Series team at age 20, has played at least 155 games in every year since then, and has never hit fewer than 25 homers, driven in fewer than 100 runs, or batted below .290 in a full season.
He still has another 150 or so games to include in his “through age 27” production, but assuming he matches last year’s numbers (.324/.396/.547 with 34 homers and 103 RBIs) here’s where Cabrera would rank in various categories among players at the end of their age-27 seasons:
Games: 1,200 (20th)
Hits: 1,418 (12th)
Doubles: 287 (4th)
Homers: 243 (12th)
RBIs: 856 (10th)
Total Bases: 2,458 (9th)
Extra-Base Hits: 542 (10th)
Not bad, huh?
Cabrera may be overlooked at times because he’s never blasted 40 homers or finished higher than fourth in the MVP balloting–and certainly didn’t make any fans with his drunken arrest last October–but in terms of consistent excellence few hitters in baseball history can match him at this stage of their careers.
Today’s birthday boy isn’t bad either: Joe Mauer joins Cabrera at age 27 today and the reigning MVP already has more batting titles than every other catcher in baseball history combined. Also born in 1983? Zack Greinke, Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez, Justin Verlander, Nick Markakis, Dustin Pedroia, Ryan Braun, and Cole Hamels. Oh, and me (although my numbers through age 27 don’t compare so favorably).

CC Sabathia checking into an alcohol rehab center

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This is totally unexpected and definitely unfortunate: The New York Yankees just released a statement from CC Sabathia saying that he is checking himself into an alcohol rehabilitation center.

Sabathia, who was involved in a relatively minor incident outside a nightclub back in August, has battled injuries and ineffectiveness for the past three seasons but has, in his last few starts, shown himself to be effective, even if he’s not to the level he once was. And, should the Yankees advance past the Wild Card game, one would have assumed that the Yankees would’ve been counting on him for the playoff rotation. Now, however, that seems both doubtful and completely superfluous.

And for what it’s worth, Sabathia’s statement, just released by the Yankees, suggests that he is aware of the need to get his priorities in order:

“Today I am checking myself into an alcohol rehabilitation center to receive the professional care and assistance needed to treat my disease.

“I love baseball and I love my teammates like brothers, and I am also fully aware that I am leaving at a time when we should all be coming together for one last push toward the World Series. It hurts me deeply to do this now, but I owe it to myself and to my family to get myself right. I want to take control of my disease, and I want to be a better man, father and player.

“I want to thank the New York Yankees organization for their encouragement and understanding. Their support gives me great strength and has allowed me to move forward with this decision with a clear mind.

“As difficult as this decision is to share publicly, I don’t want to run and hide. But for now please respect my family’s need for privacy as we work through this challenge together.

“Being an adult means being accountable. Being a baseball player means that others look up to you. I want my kids — and others who may have become fans of mine over the years — to know that I am not too big of a man to ask for help. I want to hold my head up high, have a full heart and be the type of person again that I can be proud of. And that’s exactly what I am going to do.

“I am looking forward to being out on the field with my team next season playing the game that brings me so much happiness.”

Here’s hoping Sabathia deals with whatever problems he’s facing and comes out healthy on the other end.

Diamondbacks fire pitching coach Mike Harkey

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Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks have fired pitching coach Mike Harkey following a season in which the staff ranked ninth among NL teams in runs allowed.

That actually represents a big improvement from last season, when the Diamondbacks allowed the second-most runs in the league in Harkey’s first year as pitching coach, but the Tony La Russa-led front office has decided to make a change.

Prior to joining the Diamondbacks two offseasons ago Harkey served as the Yankees’ bullpen coach from 2008-2013. He pitched eight seasons in the majors.