Miguel Cabrera will go down as one of the best hitters in MLB history. Cabrera continues to add to his Hall of Fame legacy over the years as he has delivered impressive offensive numbers for a team near the bottom of the standings.
Sunday afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays, Cabrera joined another exclusive club. He becomes just the 28th player in MLB history to hit 500 home runs in their career. Cabrera also became the first player to join the 500 homer club since David Ortiz in 2015.
Cabrera is the first Venezuelan to join the 500 home run club. He joins David Ortiz, Albert Pujols, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, and Manny Ramirez as the only Latin American players to accomplish that feat.
He is one of just nine players with 500 home runs and an average above .300.
Tigers CEO Christopher Ilitch said in a statement, “Congratulations, Miguel Cabrera, on your 500th career home run. As the first player in the 121-year history of the Detroit Tigers to accomplish this amazing feat, our organization is excited, proud, and thrilled to join you in celebrating this historic moment. We thank you for the excitement you have brought to the game and the memories and joy you have brought to our fans. And all of us are rooting for you in the chase for your next milestone, 3,000 hits!”
With 36 games left in this season, Cabrera is just 45 hits shy of 3,000. It is unlikely that Cabrera would reach that milestone in 2021, but you never know.
Since 2003, his first in the big leagues with the Florida Marlins, Cabrera has averaged 155 hits per season. He is under contract with the Tigers for 2022, 2023 and has an option clause for 2024 and 2025.
If Cabrera continues to put out the offensive numbers that he has in the past, we are looking at a player that could end his career with over 3300 hits. That would put him among the top ten all-time hit leaders in baseball.
The career numbers that Cabrera could finish his career with are astounding. He will retire with a .300-plus average. He could also have over 500 doubles, over 3,000 hits, and over 500 home runs.
Suppose Cabrera can finish his career with those kinds of numbers. He would become only the third player since 1900 with those offensive numbers behind two of the best hitters in MLB history, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays.
Cabrera hit his first Major League home run in his MLB debut against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on June 20, 2003. In 2012, Cabrera hit for the triple crown with a .330 batting average, with 44 home runs and 139 runs. The first triple crown winner since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.
It may be a few years before anyone else will join this exclusive club. Nelson Cruz has 443 career home runs but is 41 years old. 38-year-old Robinson Cano has 334 homers. And it’s unlikely that they will reach that milestone.
Giancarlo Stanton has 332 career homers and is just 31 years old. Five hundred home runs are doable for him, but he must stay healthy to reach that milestone.