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Miguel Cabrera becomes first Venezuelan-born player to score 3,000 goals


Miguel Cabrera got his 3,000th hit yesterday.

Miguel Cabrera got his 3,000th hit yesterday.
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With a singles on the opposite court in the first half of Saturday’s game against the Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers puncher Miguel Cabrera, 39, became the 33rd player in MLB history to score 3,000 hits. and is the first player born in Venezuela to achieve this feat.

Immediately, Cabrera knew what he had done. As he stepped forward, Cabrera raised his arm in glee to resounding applause. The game, the first of a day-night doubles game, was stopped after Cabrera finished first. Even some of the Rockies, namely short-fielder José Iglesias, who was Cabrera’s teammate in the Tigers from 2013 to 2018, came to congratulate Miggy on his big milestone.

There’s a lot of accumulation to Miggy’s 3,000th shot and a bit of controversy as well. See, in Thursday’s game against the Yankees, Cabrera had 2,999 hits. Heading into the 1/8 round, the Tigers are leading 1-0. Miggy came in second and second in second and third. This was the perfect opportunity for Cabrera to get his 3,000th shot. Just visualize it. Two outside, two men in scoring positions have a chance to fix the game for his team against the Yankees. It’s a story within a story. It was something the kids dreamed of in their backyard, but Cabrera never got that chance. He was intentionally walking to load the bases, a decision that would wreak havoc on the Yankees’ chances as Austin Meadows would double left and drive in two, but still, the Yankees manager, Aaron Boone should give Miggy a chance to hit his 3,000th hit record.

Obviously, we here at Deadspin are not big fans of baseball’s unwritten rules, but this is one of the rare exceptions. No one called out to Boone’s head, as is often the case when an unwritten rule is broken, but Boone’s decision still made the baseball world roll its eyes and sigh in disappointment. Hurry up, Boone. Thankfully, Cabrera didn’t have to wait long for his next shot.

This milestone makes Cabrera one of just two active players to reach 3,000 career hits (Albert Pujols) and one of only seven players all-time to record both 3,000 career hits and 500 career home runs (Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Álex Rodríguez, Eddie Murray, Rafael Palmeiro, and Pujols). The next closest active player to 3,000 hits is New York Mets’ second baseman Robinson Canó, who is also 39 years old, and is currently 370 hits away. After Canó, the active hits leader is St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina at 2,116. He’s not getting there. The most likely next hitter to reach 3,000 hits is hard to determine. Jose Altuve and Freddie Freeman are 31 and 32 respectively, but they’re each more than 1,250 hits away. Mike Trout is 30, but he’s more than 1,500 away, and he’s always hurt. In fact, there are only two players among the top-35 active hits leaders who are younger than 30 (Bryce Harper and Xander Bogaerts). Maybe they can do it, but it’s still too early to tell. That COVID-shortened 2020 season certainly didn’t do them any favors.

The lack of active players on pace to join Miggy in the 3,000-hit club is a testament to Cabrera’s durability and staying power in a day and age where older players are often tossed to the side. There’s no doubt that he’ll be enshrined in Cooperstown on the first ballot he’s eligible for. He’s a two-time MVP, 11-time All-Star, triple crown winner, and World Series champ. If that’s not enough to be the second (or third because of Pujols’ likely retirement at the end of this season) ever unanimous Hall of Famer, then I don’t know what is.



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