On May 15th, the Detroit Tigers’ first baseman, Miguel Cabrera hit his 399th and 400th career home runs.
A Venezuelan native, Cabrera has hit more home runs than any other South American baseball player, passing Andres Galarraga by one hit.
In a 4-3 win against the St. Louis Cardinals, Cabrera also completed 1399 RBI’s (runners batted in). He currently holds a .320 batting average, coming close to record-holder Ty Cobb, another Detroit Tiger, who had a .366.
Miguel Cabrera was born in 1983 in Maracay, Venezuela. He showed up in Major League Baseball in 2003 with the Florida Marlins. In his first game he hit a walk-off home run. The Marlins went on to win the World Series later that year, with Cabrera playing left and right field.
In 2007 he traded to the Detroit Tigers, where he began playing first and third base. At 24 years old, he became the third youngest player to have 500 RBI’s in the MLB, after Hall of Famers Mel Ott and Ted Williams. Also that year, he played in his fourth consecutive All-Star game.
In 2008, he signed a $152.3 million dollar contract extension for eight years, which, at the time was the fourth-highest contract in the MLB, after Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and Manny Ramirez. In April of that same year, Cabrera was named American League Player of the Month, after hitting eight home runs, thirty-one RBI’s, and a batting average of .330.
On opening day of the 2009 season, Cabrera hit a left-field grand slam, which traveled over 420 feet, to beat the Texas Rangers 15-2. In 2010, he finished in fourth in the Home Run Derby, with twelve consecutive home runs. He hit his 1500th career hit in 2011, while holding a .344 batting average. On April 27, 2012, Cabrera collected his 1000th RBI in a game against the New York Yankees, making him one of four players to have done this before the age of 30. The others were Albert Pujols, Hank Aaron, and Lou Gehrig.
In 2014, Cabrera hit his 100th RBI for the season, as he had for the last ten seasons. He is the fifth player in history to have eleven consecutive seasons with over 100 RBI’s, along with Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Alex Rodriguez, and Al Simmons. This year, after hitting 400 career home runs and 1399 career RBI’s, he has earned himself a spot in the record books of baseball.
Now he continues to play for the Tigers who are currently ranked second in the American League Central standings, with a 23-17 win-loss record.