Miguel Cabrera will go down in history as one of the legendary baseball players in the Detroit Tigers.
His rich history in the franchise spanning over 120 years, beginning in the 2008 season and garnering many accolades, including from Al Kaline himself, when he was alive, led the Venezuelan to become Detroit’s darling for the next 16 years.
This Tuesday, the 40-year-old man from Araujo reached two thousand matches, wearing the famous Gothic “D” on his chest. Something of a rarity these days in American baseball and only seven other Tigers players have had the privilege of accomplishing that in their respective careers. Al Kline, Ty Cobb, Lou Whitaker, Charlie Gehringer, Alan Trammell, Sam Crawford and Norm Cash stand out.
In these two thousand games with the Bengals, Cabrera has experienced ups and downs of emotion. Firstly the chapter with the drink, which inspired him to reflect and become the player he is today. They also played in one World Series (2012), in which they were swept in four games by the San Francisco Giants.
However, not everything has been bitter for Cabrera with the Tigers, as with them he won two Most Valuable Player Awards in the American League in consecutive seasons; four batting titles and, the biggest prize, the Triple Batting Crown.
Award that no one in Tigers history could achieve in an MLB campaign.
In his two thousand bouts, Cabrera claimed the most number of bombings in Detroit history. His 369 home runs is the third most by a Tigers player behind Al Kaline’s 399 and Norm Cash’s 373.
Likewise, he is 7th in the hit box with 2,260 in this uniform, while veteran Ty Cobb leads the way with 3,900. He has a lifetime .305 batting average with the Tigers and is one of four batters in team history with an average above .300.