I really haven't looked too far ahead in the lineup, but this is a fascinating call for many reasons.
Remember, going by the nominations you can see at http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/fan_forum/all_time_nine/index.jsp?c_id=det
pick the greatest season by a Tiger first basemen in history. I challenge you to consider the era in which each of these guys played (eg. late 60's was a pitcher-dominated era, while 90's was the re-birth of the long ball) but I further challenge you to go beyond Sabremetics, or whatever the mathematically formulas are: how much did these guys contribute to the team in fielding, leadership, intangibles. I list them chronologically.
When I first saw the name Dale Alexander, I thought "Doyle Alexander?" No, stupid. In 1929 Dale "Moose" Alexander had one of the finest rookie seasons our guys have ever seen at the plate. He hit .345, with 24 home runs and 137 RBI's, good for third in a hitter's league. He collected more extra base hits than anyone except a few guys named Ruth, Gehrig and Foxx.
Unfortunately, he also led the league in errors, and according to wikipedia, was notorious for lack of mobility. Apparently a DH before they had a DH.
The Hank Greenberg story has so many angles, it's hard for me to focus on the 1937 season as a Tiger. (Look it up yourself online. The first Jewish major league hero, he challenged Babe Ruth as the premier power hitter of the era, went on to be CEO of AIG, and lost it all when AIG fell apart.)
He was Hammerin' Hank before Aaron. He was affable, and powerful, and in '37 he led the league in batting average, (.371) RBI's (183) and put-outs. Remember, this was a league that included DiMaggio, Gehrig, Gehringer, Bill Dickey, Jimmy Foxx and many other sluggers. And he did it with "Iron Mike" Cochrane as a notoriously difficult boss and Tiger manager. (The Tigers closed just three games behind a great Yankee team.)
And so we move into the "modern era"; long balls and hitting were about to end, but Stormin' Norman Cash put up some great numbers in 1961. He led the league with a .361 batting average, hit 41 home runs, and a darned good glove to boot, leading the league in put outs.
But he was known for his prodigious power. One June 11, 1961, he became the first player to hit a ball out of old Tiger Stadium. Sadly, even though the Tigers had a great year in '61 with 101 wins, they came in second to the Yankees again. (Do we see a pattern here?)
Of course, Norm was also known for his sense of humor, and space restricts us from going on in that regard. (Can you tell Norm is one of my favorite Tigers?) A hard liver, a hard hitter and a guy I wish I had met.
Cecil Fielder was another hale and well met fellow who had a great season in 1990, hitting .277, but smashing 51 home runs, and getting 132 RBI's, as well as breaking my thumb on a foul ball in Texas Stadium. (First aid tip-immersing the broken appendage in ice cold beer while drinking a lot will get you through the seventh inning.)
On Aug. 25, 19990 Fielder became (and remains) the only Tiger ever to hit a ball over the left field roof of Tiger Stadium.
And so, that brings us to Miguel Cabrera. Does one night of partying and beating up his wife take away all the contributions of 51 home runs and 132 RBI's last summer? What do you think?