Leyland said Cabrera is the best right-handed hitter he has ever seen, and Barry Bonds, whom he managed in Pittsburgh, is the top left-handed hitter. While Leyland compares Cabrera’s season to the excitement generated by George Brett’s chase for a .400 batting average and the since-stained pursuit of Roger Maris’ single-season homer record by Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, the subject of the current story would rather sit out of the conversation.
“I’m here to play baseball and win games,” said Cabrera, who has led Detroit to an AL-best 73-51 record entering Monday’s games. “The other stuff, I don’t worry about.”
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