DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera became the 33rd member of Major League Baseball’s 3,000-hit club on Saturday, churning out a single to right field off Rockies righty Antonio Senzatela.
The career feat follows Cabrera’s 500th home run last Aug. 22 at Toronto. Cabrera becomes just the seventh player in MLB history to reach both milestones. This time, he was able to celebrate at home in front of Tigers fans.
While the 3,000-hit chase was a repeat in some ways, it also felt different. This was more of a recognition of Cabrera’s ability as a pure hitter. While Cabrera’s path to stardom included a walk-off home run for his first Major League hit, he has taken great pride in winning four batting titles in a five-year span, including his 2012 title as part of his American League Triple Crown season.