Miguel Cabrera Continues To Join Record Books
The way to describe the numbers Miguel Cabrera is recording at the plate during the 2013 season is eye-popping. Even after he became the first Triple Crown winner in the MLB since 1967, many believe what Cabrera is doing this season is more impressive. This weekend Cabrera had a touch for the dramatics. On Saturday night Cabrera stepped into the batter’s box to lead off the ninth inning in a tied ballgame. On the fourth pitch of his at-bat Cabrera lifted a fastball over the right field fence giving the Tigers a 6-5 win in walk-off fashion. It was Cabrera’s 13th career home run in the ninth inning or later and sixth career walk-off home run.
However, he wasn't done yet. In the first inning of Sunday’s game Cabrera launched the first pitch he saw on the afternoon over the fence for his 40th home run of the season. The two-run shot also tied Joe DiMaggio for 77th all-time at 361 career home runs. Through 116 games the best hitter in baseball has a batting line of .360/.452/.689 with 40 home runs and 120 RBIs. Cabrera joins Jammie Foxx as the only Triple Crown winner to record at least 40 home runs and 120 RBIs in season following the monumental accomplishment. He also became the third MLB player to record 40 home runs, 120 RBIs and a batting average of .350 or above in the first 116 games of a season since 1921 – joining Foxx and Babe Ruth.
It took Cabrera 31 more games to record his 40th home run last year, doing so on September 19, 2012. This year’s performance is truly remarkable as the major’s most feared bat became the only active player to reach 120 RBIs in the first 120 games or less, the first to do so since Manny Ramirez in 1999 and only the 21st player ever to record the feat since 1916. Although Cabrera’s home run and RBI numbers are astonishing, his batting average this season is a true testament to his unmatched ability to connect with the baseball. Through Sunday, Cabrera’s batting .360, a full .25 points ahead of the next best batting average in the majors. If he continues at this pace he’ll become the 17th player in MLB history to finish the season with an average at .360 or above and more than 40 home runs and 120 RBIs.
Don’t forget to check back as we continue to watch Cabrera join the elite in baseball lore and make history of his own. As you watch Cabrera stare down opposing pitchers look for Franklin’s Neo Classic II batting glove – Cabrera’s preferred choice in Tigers pearl and navy color combination.
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