Miguel Cabrera Reaches 3,000 Hits

Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers has reached 3,000 hits in his 20-year baseball career. Jack McKeon, former Major League Baseball manager, said, “I wish he could have come to bat every inning. He’d hit a sacrifice fly, he’d hit a home run, he’d get a base hit, even to the point where he hit the ground ball that what’s-his-name booted in the Bartman game. He was the catalyst. Something good was happening with this guy.” On Saturday, Cabrera became the 33rd player in major league history with 3,000 hits.

Cabrera said to the reporters, “I think I’m still dreaming. To be able to see 3,000 up there, pretty special.” He did a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning on hit number 3,001. Then, he got removed for a pinch-runner. The audience gave him a standing ovation and the Tigers would lead the game with 13-0.

Cabrera added, ““I was like, ‘Get it done today.’ I’m happy I hit it here. I’m happy for the people of Detroit to see it.”

In 2003, Cabrera had a total of 503 homers. He appeared on baseball’s most prestigious lists. Other players who had 3,000 hits and 500 home runs included Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Eddie Murray, Rafael Palmeiro, Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez. Cabrera has a contract with Detroit until 2023 and has won four batting titles from 2011 to 2015. Jack Aloysius McKeon, former Major League Baseball manager and front-office executive, said, “I knew he couldn’t play third because we had Mike Lowell, but I’ll put him in the outfield — don’t worry about it, we’ll find out. And he took to left field like nobody’s business.”

Throughout Cabrera’s career, he has shown endurance and consistency. He was able to bat more than any major leaguer from 2004 through 2016. Always a tiger, the managers have definitely seen something big in Cabrera’s career, and he’s simply continuing to grow from here.


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