(Detroit) Detroit Tigers star player Miguel Cabrera reached 3,000 career hits on Saturday in a 13-0 win over the Colorado Rockies in Game 1 of a doubleheader.
Cabrera has at the same time become the 33e player in Major League history to do so and the first from Venezuela.
Still threatening even at 39, Cabrera made history by hitting a ground ball that pierced the infield in the first inning, at the expense of his compatriot Antonio Senzatela.
« I thought I had to pull off the feat today, » said Cabrera.
Cabrera immediately raised his right arm skyward, as he headed for the first cushion. The crowd at Comerica Park gave him a standing ovation and fireworks were launched from the scoreboard.
“I’m happy to have achieved the feat here. I’m glad the people of Detroit were able to attend. Hopefully I can get even more hits here,” said the star of the day.
‘Miggy’, twice American League MVP, Triple Crown holder, four-time batting champion and 11 All-Star Game winners, is clearly one of the greatest hitters in history. Major League Baseball.
Cabrera also helped the Florida Marlins win the World Series in 2003, when he was just a 20-year-old rookie. The years passed and Cabrera added another feat to his impressive streak on Saturday, after hitting the 3,000 career hits plateau.
There is no doubt that one day he will also be entitled to his plate in Cooperstown.
Cabrera didn’t stop there as he added a two-run single in the sixth inning, to get his 3001e career hit.
Cabrera is only the seventh player in Major League history to hit 500 home runs and 3,000 hits. He joined Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Eddie Murray, Rafael Palmeiro, Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez.
Cabrera is the seventh player of Latin descent to reach the 3,000 hit mark. Pujols is the last to have accomplished the feat, in 2018.
Cabrera is also the third player to hit his 3000e career hit while wearing a Tigers uniform. Ty Cobb and Al Kaline are the two previous players.
“Al is one of my heroes. It’s very sad that he couldn’t see that hit because he was constantly talking to me about that moment, Cabrera said. I hope wherever he is right now, he’s happy and smiling. »