This week the Detroit Tigers made an exciting addition to the park with a “Miggy Milestones” tracker in left field.
A nice touch by the Detroit Tigers was added this week as the mini scoreboard is by the left-field bleachers, just left of the iconic statues. The counter follows Miguel Cabrera’s chase for 500 Home Runs and 3,000 hits. He currently has 497 home runs and 2,941 hits.
Cabrera is an elite company as he approaches these massive career milestones. Only 6 players in MLB history have 500 home runs and 3,000 hits; Hank Aaron, Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, Willie Mays, Rafael Palimerio, and Eddie Murray. Cabrera is on pace to be the seventh.
With less than 60 games till the end of the season, it is possible fans will be seeing Commerica’s newest addition next year too. Miggy has only 10 home runs and 73 hits in 80 games this year. At his current pace of play, he has a good shot to get to 500 homers, but 3,000 hits may have to wait till next year.
Cabrera did start slow this year, but even if he was able to finish out the season with two months as he had in June (.329/.356/.494 with 3 home runs and 28 hits) he could still fall short of 3,000 hits. Cabrera’s three home runs in June and again in July were his most all season in a month, so it’s possible he may not get to 500 home runs this year.
As long as Cabrera doesn’t unexpectedly retire at 38, it’s not a matter of “if” but “when” for the slugger. At this point in his career, it seems like Cabrera hits the ball every other time he passes another MLB legend in some statistic or another. Cabrera flirting with history has given fans something to cheer while the Tigers are still in the process of rebuilding.
Luckily this isn’t all fans have had to cheer for in 2021. This is the first year during the rebuild where the Tigers are competitive. The team is 50-56 but has had a winning record in each of the past 3 months. Cabrera has contributed to Detroit’s winning this season with a .327/.383/.520 slash line during Tigers victories.
With the team performing far better than expected with an impressive crop of rookies, Detroit fans have had a lot to root for this year. “Miggy’s Milestones” is just another great reason for fans to get excited.