With the Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera being only the 33rd player in Major League history to achieve 3,000 hits; and the 7th player to achieve 3,000 hits and 500 home runs, the first baseman and designated hitter was honored for his milestones before Sunday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Cabrera, who is the 1st Venezuelan-born player to get 3,000 hits in MLB history, was celebrated by thousands of fans, his closest family, fellow and former teammates, and more. Known as a man of few words, Cabrera let those closest to him do the talking, and they didn’t disappoint.
“From time to time, I’ve checked in with Miggy. ‘How are you feeling? Are you happy? Do you need a day off?’” said manager AJ Hinch. “And the two common themes that he told me during his chase (to 3,000 hits): number one, he wanted to do it at Comerica in front of his fans. Number two, he wanted to do it in a win.”
Noting that 1,773 of Cabrera’s hits ended in winning games, Comerica Park roared with cheers from exciting fans. “You’re a winner, Miggy,” said Hinch.
Among many gifts during the ceremony Cabrera was presented with the game ball from April 23 — the date of the game where he hit 3,000 — a plaque commemorating the milestone and a video tribute from his oldest daughter. His jersey from the April 23 game will be displayed in the Baseball Hall of Fame Museum in Cooperstown, New York. C. Miggy was also greeted on field by Tigers Chairman and CEO Christopher Ilitch, Tigers manager AJ Hinch, Executive Vice President and General Manager Al Avila, and former teammates Alex Avila and Victor Martinez. Alex echoed a lot of fan sentiments heard in the park, “you’re one of the greatest hitters, ever.”