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Miguel Cabrera Close To Milestones in Twilight of Career

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Being an older veteran with a long and successful resume on a young rebuilding team can be a tough assignment. Case in point, Miguel Cabrera, 38, chugging along with the Detroit Tigers in his 19th season in the big leagues. The two-time American League MVP has been swinging a hot bat after an ice cold start to the current campaign and is creeping closer to a few career milestones that the future Hall of Famer should surpass this summer.

As of this writing, Cabrera was nearing 3,000 hits (2,923) and 500 home runs (494). He also has 1,760 RBI and a .311 career average, so he may be able to pad his stats between now and Cooperstown and reach a few more heights. Needless to say, there surely is some interesting sports betting in Michigan trying to pinpoint the date when Cabrera reaches one.

Four games under .500 is not a desirable record as we approach the All-Star break and the Tigers are actually closer to the Wild Card (nine games back) than the AL Central penthouse (11.5 games back). So it doesn’t appear as if they will be even flirting with a spot in the dance come October. This is a team playing for a future that “Miggy” will not be a part of, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t use his leadership skills to learn some important factors about what it takes to get there.

Cabrera is an 11-time All-Star, won a World Series in 2003 with the-then Florida Marlins, two consecutive AL MVP Awards (2012, 2013), AL Triple Crown, seven-time Silver Slugger Award and a four-time AL batting title champion. He is a slam-dunk first ballot ticket to the Hall of Fame even if he never had another hit again.  That will not be the case, of course, but rather a statement of how much Cabrera has accomplished.

A perfect example is his career batting average – .311 – and that he hasn’t hit over .300 since 2016. For Cabrera to keep his head over that impressive line. By hitting over .300 in 11 out of 12 seasons (2005-2016, .292 in 2008 being the lone exception), the Venezuelan has been one of the best pure hitters in the game. He even hit over .340 twice, .330 five times, and .320 or higher nine times.

Being signed for two more years (after the current one) at $30 million per, it doesn’t appear that Cabrera will attract many suitors in the trade market. The Tigers would have to eat the majority of that money to move him and then what’s the point? He may be a good attraction at the gate as he surpasses more players on the career stats list and also being a fan favorite and likable veteran leader; Cabrera’s presence in the dugout and clubhouse is a welcome one, for sure.

His situation is similar to the one that the Los Angeles Angels and Albert Pujols recently dealt with, albeit with less time remaining on an expensive long term deal. The slugger, 41, is in the final year of a 10-year, $254 million mega deal and was designated for assignment in May. It appeared that Pujols was either going to land with another AL club to get at bats as a designated hitter or possibly even his first team the St. Louis Cardinals to ride off into the sunset with. But surprisingly, the Los Angeles Dodgers reached out and the veteran has not only seen a good deal of action at first base with the team dealing with injuries, but also has contributed with .257/6/20. Certainly much lower than during the prime of his career, but Pujols was hitting under the Mendoza line with the Angels.

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