Detroit Tigers designated hitter Miguel Cabrera is now knocking on history’s doorstep after a base hit during Wednesday’s game against the New York Yankees in Detroit. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Cabrera singled to shallow left field off pitcher Chad Green, breaking his bat in the process, for career hit number 2,999.
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Cabrera, who turned 39 on April 18th, is already a member of the 500 home run club, which he joined last season. When Miggy records hit number 3,000 he will join extremely rare territory, becoming only the seventh player to have both accomplishments, joining Henry Aaron, Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, Willie Mays, Rafael Palmeiro, and Eddie Murray.
Cabrera also currently holds a career batting average of .310. If he can maintain his .300+ career batting average, he will join one of the most elite circles in MLB history:
Cabrera is off to an extremely strong start to his 2022 season, slashing .333/.390/.389, three multi-hit games (two of those being three-hit games), and registered at least one hit in seven of his eleven games played this season.
While the pressure of recording hit number 3,000 is present, Cabrera seems to be laid back and having more fun than ever. To do it in front of a packed house at Comerica Park in Detroit, where he has played 14-plus of his 20 seasons, with his family in the stands, would be an extremely special moment for both the Tigers organization and the future Hall-of-Famer.
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