While Shohei Ohtani and Vladdy Jr are making their cases as the most exciting players/hitters in baseball in 2021 there’s one superstar in Detroit whose milestones you might be missing out on. As he starts looking down the barrel of his eventual Hall of Fame Career Miguel Cabrera is poised to join a very exclusive club very soon. He’s looking to become lucky number 7 in the history of the game to join the 500 home run with 3,000 hit club. He might even get there by the end of the current season.
If, like me, you’ve been watching the 2021 Detroit Tigers on a consistent basis you’ll notice there has been a twinkle in his eye. And if you haven’t that’s ok. We haven’t put much of a watchable product on the diamond in the last few years. I won’t blame you. Especially if you’re not a die-hard Detroit sports fan like I am. As he approaches these milestone markers fans all over Major League Baseball are starting to pull out their phones to possibly record history every time he steps up to the plate.
Big Mig Is Back, Back, Back Again
Sure, his power numbers are still down overall. Going into the second half of the 2021 season he’d only hit 7 home runs which is a far cry from the pace he was on during his Triple Crown and AL MVP years. It’s been a stretch of years now that Miggy has been dealing with injuries. Whether it was the bicep issues or the bottom half issues that wouldn’t allow him to drive the ball in ways he was accustomed to he looked like a shell of the 1st Triple Crown winner since Carl Yastrzemski (yes, Mike’s grandpa) in 1967.
But something is different. New manager AJ Hinch has him playing first base more and it’s safe to say that he looks like a little kid again. No one compares to Miguel Cabrera’s sense of fun, humor, and playfulness when he’s at the bag. I would pay to be a fly on the wall for the conversations that happen with him when he’s on first base. Both offensively and defensively. If you aren’t familiar with his antics allow me to introduce you…
Padding The Stats
After weeks of anticipation on the latest home-stand where it felt like he was often under immense pressure to hit number 500 in front of the biggest crowds that Comerica Park has seen in quite a while, he finally did it last Sunday in Toronto. Though it wasn’t a home crowd it was about as close as it comes. The fans at the Rogers Centre were grateful to witness history and gave Miggy his proverbial flowers when they cheered him out to curtain call.
As of publication, Miggy sits at 501 home runs and 2,961 hits. He is one of only six players to hold a career average over .300 with 500 homers. He sits at number 35 for career hits and 28th in home runs. Oh and he sits at number 19 all-time for doubles. Don’t let it slip by you that he’s done most of this in an unfriendly hitters park. (Sends side-eye in the direction of Nick Castellanos).
On top of all that, Cabrera recently announced that when his contract with Detroit expires in two years, he will be retiring. While the window to climb the all-time ranks in baseball history he’s likely to make a bit more history but what I’ll remember most is the stuff like this…
It’s too soon to say goodbye to Miggy but there’s never a bad time to say thank you for everything you’ve given us as a fanbase and I look forward to celebrating more Miggy Milestones over the next 2 years.
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