It doesn't take much for a smile to appear on Torii Hunter's face.

Judging by spring training, not to mention the years he's been in the big leagues, it seems to be permanent.

That's just a product of Hunter's upbeat outlook on life. Get used to it. You're not only going to like him, you might feel better every time you hear him speak.

And one of Hunter's favorite topics is hitting. He'll talk about his career with a sense of accomplishment.

While turning 37 last year, he hit .313 for the Angels, the highest average of his career.

Not many players improve their average by 51 points in their 16th season.

But what really gets Hunter rolling is when he's asked about someone else's hitting, specifically the two hitters he'll have the privilege to have hit in front of for two years in a row: Albert Pujols of the Angels last season, and Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers this season.

Hunter already sees similarities in their ability, yet subtle differences, in how they make the most of that ability.

"The same aura of greatness is there for both," said Hunter, who bats second. "They both have really consistent swings.

"But it didn't take long for me, when you see Miguel on a daily basis, to realize that you're bound to get hits when you have a swing like he does. He can bomb the ball to left, but so much of what he does is up the middle and to right-center, up the middle and to right-center. He's always inside the ball, even in batting practice. The guy has great discipline."

And there's something else, too.

"Most of what Miguel has, he's been born with," Hunter said. "The reason he's so consistent is because that's his swing. That's what he does and who he is. Guys like me, guys who are grinders, have to make themselves consistent.



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130401/SPORTS0104/304010311#ixzz2PDoFrb7j