Detroit Tigers: 5 more Miguel Cabrera milestones

Miguel Cabrera celebrates after hitting his 500th career home run. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
Miguel Cabrera celebrates after hitting his 500th career home run. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) /
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Miguel Cabrera Milestone: 1150 Extra-Base Hits

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Miguel Cabrera points into the dugout after hitting a triple against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Comerica Park on July 8, 2014. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /

Miguel Cabrera is not what you would call a speed demon. Among the 28 members of the 500 Home Run Club, Cabrera’s 17 career triples are more than just Albert Pujols (16),  Frank Thomas (12), and Mark McGwire (6). He hasn’t hit a triple since 2016, and it seems unlikely he’ll hit another three-bagger in his career.

But, as previously discussed, Miguel Cabrera is pretty darn good at hitting home runs and doubles. Right now he has 1,108 career extra-base hits, which is good for 21st all-time. He needs nine more — certainly possible this year — to tie Jimmy Foxx and Ted Williams for 19th. And from there it’s just a steady climb through iconic hitters. We realize 1,150 isn’t exactly a round number, but 42 more extra-base hits in his career seems doable, and at that point he will have passed Ty Cobb for 15th all-time.

Speaking of Cobb, with 23 more extra-base hits Miguel Cabrera will join Cobb, Al Kaline, Charlie Gehringer, and Harry Heilmann as the only players with 800 career extra-base hits in a Tigers uniform.

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