Detroit Tigers Star Miguel Cabrera Becomes Seventh Player With 3,000 Hits, 500 Home Runs

One of Major League Baseball’s most exclusive clubs has a new member. Detroit Tigers designated hitter Miguel Cabrera 3,000 hits/joined500 home runs The club today with a single in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies.

He is the 33rd player in MLB history to have 3,000 hits, virtually ensuring a ticket to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Cabrera’s ground ball single to right field came against Venezuelan teammate Antonio Senzatella and the Tigers created a celebration around Comerica Park. As the fireworks went off and teammates rushed to hug him, the crowd gave him a standing ovation and chanted his name.

He later played the same innings at home on a three-run run by rookie Spencer Torkelson, who has largely taken over first base duties since old Cabrera was transferred to DH.

At the end of the innings, the scoreboard flashed, “Congratulations Migi,” as Cabrera emerged from the dugout to wave to fans. The celebration was in stark contrast to Cabrera’s last at-bat on Thursday, when he was deliberately run over by the New York Yankees, prompting a boon from fans eager to see history go by. Friday’s game against the Rockies was rained out, setting the stage for Saturday’s play.

Cabrera, 39, is the first Venezuelan-born player and the seventh Latino to reach the 3,000-hit mark.

His resume includes winning the Triple Crown to top the league in home runs, RBI and batting average while winning back-to-back MVP awards in 2012.

He is the third player to hit his 3,000th, while along with Detroit, join Ty Cobb and Al Kaline.