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10/05/2013 10:00 am ET

Miguel Cabrera, Al Kaline Hug Before Detroit Tigers Begin 2013 Postseason (PHOTO)

A legend of the Detroit Tigers' past encountered the biggest star of the franchise's present before the team took on the Oakland A's in Game 1 of the 2013 ALDS -- and they hugged.

Hall of Famer Al Kaline, who earned the nickname "Mr. Tiger" over 22 seasons in Detroit, was spotted sharing a tender moment with Miguel Cabrera, the reigning American League MVP, on the field at O.co Coliseum on Friday by AP photographer Ben Margot.

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The 78-year-old Kaline remains with the club as a special assistant to the president and has marveled at Cabrera's prodigious production since arriving in Detroit for the 2007 season.

"He’s by far the best hitter I’ve ever seen being in Detroit," Kaline told MLive during the 2013 season. "I’m not going to compare him yet to Ted Williams and some of those guys of the past, but certainly if he keeps going the way he is, he’s going to go down as one of the best hitters of all time.”

The 1955 AL batting champ, Kaline broke into the majors at age 18 in 1953. By the time he retired after the 1974 season, Kaline had 3,007 career hits, 399 home runs, 498 doubles and 1,583 RBI. He knows a few things about hitting in Detroit.

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