Future Hall of Famer Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera hit career home run number 500 on Sunday afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Cabrera is in his 19th season in the MLB at age 38. He made is major league debut at 19 with the Florida Marlins where he spent his first five full seasons before coming to Detroit.
The Early Years
He made his MLB debut on June 20, 2003 and did not disappoint. The Marlins were at home against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and they went into the 11th inning tied at one. Miggy came up to the plate with a man on and the opportunity to make an impact. He did just that as he hit a monster homer to dead center for his first home run in the majors.
He finished his rookie year with 12 homers, but once he got to play full time his numbers sky rocketed. In nine of his next 10 years he hit 30 plus homers including back-to-back seasons of 44 in 2013 and 2014 with the Tigers.
In his five seasons with the Marlins he averaged just over 27 homers per season. Once he went to Detroit his average per season went up to 37.8 during his first six seasons there.
This dominance went much deeper than homers as he sat up near the top in almost all the major offensive categories. This made it clear why he finished top five in MVP voting in seven of his first 10 full seasons. That included wining MVP in back-to-back years in 2013 and 2014.
Following the MVP season in 2014 his dominance fell off, but he still has continued to be a power threat at the plate.
Still A Threat
He had a shortened 2015 season where he only played in 119 games and was held to 18 homers. He was able to bounce back in 2016 where he hit 38 homers in 158 games and finished ninth in MVP voting.
Unfortunately, that was really the end of the road for his incredibly consistent seasons. From 2017 through this point in 2021 he has only hit 53 homers in 461 games.
Although his numbers are down he is still hitting right around .250 making him a threat for hits in every game he plays in which is still happening on a frequent basis.
His quest for number 500 was highly suspenseful, but on Sunday afternoon when the Tigers were facing the Blue Jays in Toronto he ripped a ball into right field for the historic home run.
Miggy Making History
This was a homer full of history. He became the 28th player in major league history to reach the milestone. Additionally, he is only the sixth foreign born player to do this which includes big names like Albert Pujols and David Ortiz. What makes him especially unique is he is the first player born in Venezuela to complete this feat.
Miggy has been one of the most fun players to watch since his first game and the love that baseball fans have for him is like none other. He seems like the kind of guy who will play forever because he loves the game so much. No matter how long he plays he will still wow fans with his monster homers.
Congratulations to one of the best players to ever step on a baseball field. Hopefully Miguel Cabrera continues to entertain fans for years to come in whatever capacity that may be.
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