Can Miguel Cabrera Get 3000 Hits?
Yes. Miguel Cabrera is just a hit away from getting 3000 Hits.
Miguel Cabrera, the designated hitter for the Detroit Tigers, is on the verge of reaching a big baseball milestone.
Cabrera hit his 2,999th hit on Wednesday against the New York Yankees, and he only needs one more to join the 3,000-hit club in Major League Baseball.
Cabrera, who is in his 20th MLB season, was signed out of Venezuela by the Florida Marlins. He debuted in the major leagues in 2003, only a few months after turning 20.
As luck would have it, his first hit was a walk-off home run in the ninth inning.
Cabrera spent a total of five years with the Marlins, getting consideration for the Most Valuable Player Award in each of those seasons.
He finished his career in Florida with 842 hits, 138 home runs, and a.313/.388/.542 (143 OPS+) slash line.
Cabrera and left-handed pitcher Dontrelle Willis were traded to the Tigers by the Marlins in December 2007. Andrew Miller and Cameron Maybin were among the players Florida obtained in exchange.
Cabrera has played for the Tigers for 14 years and has a slash line of.309/.387/.528 (145 OPS+). Cabrera hit his 500th career home run just last season.
Cabrera will join Henry Aaron, Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, Willie Mays, Rafael Palmeiro, and Eddie Murray as the only members of the 3,000-hit club who have also homered 500 times.
Cabrera has won two MVP Awards in his time in Detroit (the more significant one came as part of his Triple Crown victory in 2013) and has 11 All-Star Game appearances, seven Silver Slugger Awards, and four batting crowns to his credit.
Who will be the next player to reach 3,000 hits after Cabrera? It’s difficult to say. Robinson Canó of the New York Mets is the closest, although he’s 39 years old and hasn’t yet surpassed 2,700 career hits.
There is no other active player with more than 2,200 hits.