Miggy 500: Tigers slugger Cabrera joins HR membership

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Miguel Cabrera is now a part of one of the crucial unique golf equipment in baseball.

Cabrera put an exclamation level on his profession when he grew to become the twenty eighth member of the 500-home run membership with a sixth-inning blast for the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

Cabrera’s house run was a 400-foot solo shot to proper subject off Blue Jays beginning pitcher Steven Matz.

Now in his nineteenth season within the majors, Cabrera foretold his future greatness in his first main league recreation again on June 20, 2003, when he hit a walk-off house run to lifeless middle subject within the backside of the eleventh inning for the Florida Marlins.

Certainly, he was precocious sufficient on the plate as a much-hyped 20-year-old that by October of that yr he was batting cleanup for the Marlins within the World Collection. He’s nonetheless the youngest participant to start out at cleanup in a World Collection recreation.

It has been a gradual trek to 500 for Cabrera, as he had 446 house runs on the finish of the 2016 season after hitting 38 that yr, the tenth time he had reached 30 house runs. He hasn’t hit greater than 16 in a season since then, nevertheless, as accidents and age sapped his energy output. His five hundredth house run was his thirteenth of 2021.

Nonetheless, Cabrera is likely one of the finest all-around hitters within the 500-home run membership. His .311 profession batting common ranks fifth among the many 28 gamers, as solely 9 batted .300 of their careers. His adjusted batting is nineteen.2% higher than the league common throughout his profession, which ranks behind solely Ted Williams and Babe Ruth amongst membership members, and he gained batting titles in 2011 (.344), 2012 (.330), 2013 (.348) and 2015 (.338). The one different right-handed hitters with 500 house runs and a .300 common are Manny Ramirez, Henry Aaron, Willie Mays and Frank Thomas.

Cabrera has additionally gained two house run titles, main the American League with 37 in 2008, his first season with the Tigers after a commerce with the Marlins, after which once more with 44 in 2012. That was Cabrera’s Triple Crown season, when he grew to become the primary participant since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 to steer his league in house runs, RBIs and batting common. He gained his first of back-to-back MVP Awards that season, beating out Mike Trout each occasions.

A couple of extra house run info from Cabrera’s profession:

• He has 41 two-homer video games and two three-homer video games. His three-homer video games got here in opposition to Oakland on Might 28, 2010, and in opposition to Texas on Might 19, 2013.

• His most victimized group: He is hit 50 house runs in opposition to Cleveland.

• His most victimized pitcher: He hit seven off Phil Hughes.

• He is hit seven walk-off house runs, that first one in his first recreation coming off Al Levine of the Satan Rays.

Subsequent up for Cabrera: The three,000-hit membership, which has 32 members. He wanted 134 hits at the beginning of the season and in spring coaching, Cabrera had hoped to affix each golf equipment in 2021.

“I hope I can get to 500, 3,000 this yr,” he mentioned in February. “It is one in every of my objectives this yr. Mentally, I really feel good. I really feel mentally robust. I am making an attempt to go daily and making an attempt to play onerous.”

Cabrera had one stint on the injured checklist this yr, lacking 13 video games in April with a biceps pressure, nevertheless it seems like he’ll fall wanting reaching 3,000 hits, as he’s sitting at 2,955.

He is nonetheless signed by means of 2023, nevertheless, so he ought to get there in early 2022. The three,000/500 membership contains simply six different gamers: Aaron, Mays, Albert Pujols, Eddie Murray, Alex Rodriguez and Rafael Palmeiro.

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