Asdrubal Cabrera, ss, Cleveland Indians

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2013 Bowman Printing Plate

There probably isnt a player that I have more torn feels about then Asdrubal.

Asdrubal Cabrera came to the Indians in 2006 by way of a trade with the Mariners.  Seattle got Eduardo Perez, and the Indians got Cabrera.  It was a simple enough trade, moving a veteran for a young rookie, and the Indians came away with the better side of it.  Perez would be out of the majors by 2006, and Cabrera would become an All-Star.  Well, he was an All-Star in 2011 and 2012.

When the Indians finally decided to trade him in July last season, I cant say that I was sad to see him go.  At the time of the trade he was hitting .246 with a .307 OBP and .694 OPS.  His OPS+ of 95 was really not that bad, and you can’t complain too much when you shortstop has 14 HR.  But still, there was something I found really frustrating about him.  He defense was not that great, though he had a knack for making plays that made Sport Center, so I think people thought that he was better with the glove then he really was.

This card is cool since I have been trying to get it signed for years.  I think I only spent like $10 on the card, but have spent three times that sending it out on consignments that people are not able to get done.  And its not from their lack of effort; Asdrubal is a terrible signer. Almost every year in Cleveland I seemed to luck out with him once, and every time the people with me would be excited to be getting him–even the locals commented that him signing was maybe a once a month thing.  This card I never had handy, and the last season both he and I were in Cleveland at the same time I was not able to snag him on it.

But here it is.  One of the great dudes on SCN was able to finally get it done for me.  He was able to Cabrera to sign a team ball early in the season, and then dropped me a note saying my card was next.  About a month later he sends me a pic of it, signed.  These cards never look great scanned, but in person the autograph really does pop nice.

Year Age Tm Lg G AB H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP OPS OPS+ Awards
2004 18 SEA-min A- 63 239 65 16 3 5 41 7 5 21 43 .272 .330 .756
2005 19 SEA-min A+,A,AAA 112 440 130 27 10 5 59 5 7 46 83 .295 .359 .795
2006 20 SEA-CLE-min AAA,FgW 149 507 127 30 2 5 45 16 10 45 112 .250 .316 .663
2007 21 CLE-min AA,FgW,AAA 119 463 134 30 3 8 61 25 7 50 61 .289 .358 .777
2007 21 CLE AL 45 159 45 9 2 3 22 0 0 17 29 .283 .354 .775 103
2008 22 CLE-min AAA,FgW 42 167 55 9 1 5 19 2 5 12 28 .329 .398 .883
2008 22 CLE AL 114 352 91 20 0 6 47 4 4 46 77 .259 .346 .713 92
2009 23 CLE AL 131 523 161 42 4 6 68 17 4 44 89 .308 .361 .799 114
2010 24 CLE AL 97 381 105 16 1 3 29 6 4 25 60 .276 .326 .673 89
2011 ★ 25 CLE AL 151 604 165 32 3 25 92 17 5 44 119 .273 .332 .792 121 AS,MVP-20,SS
2012 ★ 26 CLE AL 143 555 150 35 1 16 68 9 4 52 99 .270 .338 .762 114 AS
2013 27 CLE AL 136 508 123 35 2 14 64 9 3 35 114 .242 .299 .700 96
2014 28 TOT MLB 146 553 133 31 4 14 61 10 2 49 108 .241 .307 .694 95
2014 28 CLE AL 97 378 93 22 2 9 40 7 2 27 79 .246 .305 .692 95
2014 28 WSN NL 49 175 40 9 2 5 21 3 0 22 29 .229 .312 .700 94
2015 29 TBR AL 46 163 34 8 3 2 11 1 1 12 44 .209 .267 .598 69
9 Yrs 1009 3798 1007 228 20 89 462 73 27 324 739 .265 .328 .734 103
162 Game Avg. 162 610 162 37 3 14 74 12 4 52 119 .265 .328 .734 103
CLE (8 yrs) 914 3460 933 211 15 82 430 69 26 290 666 .270 .331 .742 105
TBR (1 yr) 46 163 34 8 3 2 11 1 1 12 44 .209 .267 .598 69
WSN (1 yr) 49 175 40 9 2 5 21 3 0 22 29 .229 .312 .700 94
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/30/2015.
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