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Miguel Cabrera vs Babe Ruth Comparison

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Miguel Cabrera vs Babe Ruth Comparison (Through 12 Full Seasons)

Head-to-head comparison of MLB Hall of Famer Babe Ruth and current big leaguer Miguel Cabrera that includes stats, World Series, and awards through the first 12 full seasons of their career.  Babe Ruth was  a full time pitcher until the 1918 season, which was the fifth season of his career.  This comparison includes Ruth’s batting stats during that period as he never played in more than 100 games until the 1919 season. This comparison will be updated after each season.  Go to our Player Comparison page to check out other comparisons.

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Team, Position and Height

Team

Miguel Cabrera – 2 (Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers)
Babe Ruth – 2 (Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees)

Position

Miguel Cabrera – First Baseman, Third Baseman, Left Fielder
Babe Ruth – Outfielder and Left Handed Pitcher

Height

Miguel Cabrera – 6’4″
Babe Ruth – 6’2″

Weight

Miguel Cabrera – 240
Babe Ruth – 215

Major League Debut Age

Miguel Cabrera – 20
Babe Ruth – 19

Years in this Comparison

Miguel Cabrera – 2003-2014
Babe Ruth – 1914-1929

World Series and Playoff Appearances

World Series 

Miguel Cabrera – 1 (2003) images
Babe Ruth – 6 (1915, 1916, 1918, 1923, 1927, 1928) images images images images images images

World Series Appearances

Miguel Cabrera – 2 (2003, 2012) images images
Babe Ruth – 9 (1915, 1916, 1918, 1921-1923, 1926-1928) images images images images images images images images images

Playoff Appearances

Miguel Cabrera – 5 (2003, 2011-2014) images images images images images
Babe Ruth – 9 (1915, 1916, 1918, 1921-1923, 1926-1928) images images images images images images images images images

World Series MVP

Miguel Cabrera – 0
Babe Ruth – 0 *Award wasn’t introduced until 1955

Awards and Honors

MVP

Miguel Cabrera – 2 (2012-2013) images
Babe Ruth – 1 (1923) images

Triple Crown

Miguel Cabrera – 1 (2012) images
Babe Ruth – 0

Gold Gloves

Miguel Cabrera – 0
Babe Ruth – * Award wasn’t introduced until 1957

Rookie of the Year

Miguel Cabrera – 0
Babe Ruth – 0

All-Star Games

Miguel Cabrera – 9 (2004–2007, 2010–2014) images images images images images images images images images
Babe Ruth – 0 *1933 was the first All-Star Game

Silver Slugger

Miguel Cabrera – 5 (2005, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2013) images images images images images
Babe Ruth – *Silver Slugger Award didn’t start until 1980

League Batting Champion

Miguel Cabrera – 3 (2011–2013) images images images
Babe Ruth – 1 (1924) images

League Home Run Champion

Miguel Cabrera – 2 (2008, 2012) images images
Babe Ruth – 10 (1918–1921, 1923, 1924, 1926–1929) images images images images images images images images images images

League RBI Champion

Miguel Cabrera – 2 (2010, 2012) images images
Babe Ruth – 6 (1919–1921, 1923, 1926, 1928) images images images images images images

League Doubles Champion

Miguel Cabrera – 2 (2011, 2014) images images
Babe Ruth – 0

League Runs Champion

Miguel Cabrera – 0
Babe Ruth – 8 (1919-1921, 1923-1924, 1926-1928) images images images images images images images images

League Total Base Champion

Miguel Cabrera – 2 (2008, 2012) images images
Babe Ruth – 6 (1919, 1921, 1923-1924, 1926, 1928) images images images images images images

League Leader in Slugging Percentage

Miguel Cabrera – 2 (2012, 2013) images images
Babe Ruth – 11 (1918-1924, 1926-1929) images images images images images images images images images images images

League Leader in On-Base Percentage

Miguel Cabrera – 3 (2010-2011, 2013) images images images
Babe Ruth – 7 (1919-1921, 1923-1924, 1926-1927) images images images images images images images

League Leader in OPS

Miguel Cabrera – 2 (2012, 2013) images images
Babe Ruth – 11 (1918-1924, 1926-1929) images images images images images images images images images images images

Regular Season Stats (Offense)

Games

Miguel Cabrera – 1,819 images
Babe Ruth – 1,790

Batting Average 

Miguel Cabrera – .320
Babe Ruth – .346 images

At-bats

Miguel Cabrera – 6,829 images
Babe Ruth – 5,994

Plate Appearances

Miguel Cabrera – 7,811 images
Babe Ruth – 7,555

Hits

Miguel Cabrera – 2,186 images
Babe Ruth – 2,076

Runs

Miguel Cabrera – 1,165
Babe Ruth – 1,567 images

Home Runs

Miguel Cabrera – 390
Babe Ruth – 516 images

RBIs

Miguel Cabrera – 1,369
Babe Ruth – 1,562 images

Total Bases

Miguel Cabrera – 3,850
Babe Ruth – 4,244 images

Walks

Miguel Cabrera – 859
Babe Ruth – 1,430 images

Strikeouts

Miguel Cabrera – 1,318
Babe Ruth – 979 images

Doubles

Miguel Cabrera – 464 images
Babe Ruth – 396

Triples

Miguel Cabrera – 15
Babe Ruth – 112 images

On-base Percentage 

Miguel Cabrera – .396
Babe Ruth – .475 images

Slugging Percentage

Miguel Cabrera – .564
Babe Ruth – .713 images

On-Base + Slugging Percentage (OPS)

Miguel Cabrera – .960
Babe Ruth – 1.188 images

Regular Season Stats (Defense)

Games

Miguel Cabrera – 1,767 images
Babe Ruth – 1,587 (Does not include games when Ruth was a pitcher)

Innings

Miguel Cabrera – 15,059 images
Babe Ruth – 13,667

Defensive Chances 

Miguel Cabrera – 8,576 images
Babe Ruth – 3,812

Put Outs

Miguel Cabrera – 6,832 images
Babe Ruth – 3,505

Assists

Miguel Cabrera – 1,606 images
Babe Ruth – 177

Errors

Miguel Cabrera – 138
Babe Ruth – 119 images

Fielding Percentage

Miguel Cabrera – .984 images
Babe Ruth – .969

Playoff Stats

Games

Miguel Cabrera – 55 images
Babe Ruth – 37

Batting Average 

Miguel Cabrera – .278
Babe Ruth – .325 images

At-bats

Miguel Cabrera – 205 images
Babe Ruth – 114

Plate Appearances

Miguel Cabrera – 235 images
Babe Ruth – 147

Hits

Miguel Cabrera – 57 images
Babe Ruth – 37

Runs

Miguel Cabrera – 29
Babe Ruth – 31 images

Home Runs

Miguel Cabrera – 13 images
Babe Ruth – 13 images

RBIs

Miguel Cabrera – 38 images
Babe Ruth – 27

Total Bases

Miguel Cabrera – 106 images
Babe Ruth – 85

Walks

Miguel Cabrera – 27
Babe Ruth – 29 images

Strikeouts

Miguel Cabrera – 48
Babe Ruth – 27 images

Doubles

Miguel Cabrera – 10 images
Babe Ruth – 5

Triples

Miguel Cabrera – 0
Babe Ruth – 2 images

On-base Percentage 

Miguel Cabrera -.368
Babe Ruth – .465 images

Slugging Percentage

Miguel Cabrera – .517
Babe Ruth – .746 images

On-Base + Slugging Percentage (OPS)

Miguel Cabrera – .885
Babe Ruth – 1.211 images

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