As the best player in baseball today, Miguel Cabrera has won two consecutive MVP awards as well as taking home a Triple Crown. When it comes to fantastic hitters in MLB today, Cabrera tops the list — with Mike Trout as a close second. On Friday afternoon, Cabrera did what very few hitters before him have done before the age of 31 — he notched his 2,000th career hit.
At the solid age of 30 years and 351 days, Cabrera took hit 2,000th hit very seriously, knocking it out of the park with a mammoth shot.
Not many players can say one of their biggest career hits came as a huge home run. Reaching 2,000 hits is a rare feat for MLB players and Cabrera, 30, has done it in about 11 years. If you’re looking for a model of consistency in Major League Baseball today, look no further than the big man for the Detroit Tigers.
Many were worried about the mammoth contract extension that he signed, ensuring he would make nearly $300 million over the next 10 years, but his hot start to the 2014 season has silenced many haters. Cabrera is hitting .417 with a home run and three RBI through three games this season and he might be on pace to contend for his third straight MVP.
Accounting for 2,000 hits before the age of 30 is something only few others have achieved. In fact, Ty Cobb is the only player to ever reach the mark before the age of 30 at just 29 years of age.
Cabrera’s blast didn’t have an impact on the outcome of the game, but it ensured the front office that it made the right move in extended Cabrera’s deal.
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