For Miguel Cabrera, it was only a matter of when, not if, the future Hall-of-Famer would plate his historic 3,000th career hit.
The answer to that came right away in Saturday’s blowout win over the Rockies when, in the first inning, he drilled a single to right field off Antonio Senzatela.
Cabrera became the 33rd player ever to reach the special milestone. Not only that, he cemented his place in Major League history by being one of seven players to join the 3,000-hit club while also cranking out 500 homers.
The 39-year-old was traded to the Tigers from the then-Florida Marlins back in 2007. Among Cabrera’s notable accomplishments, like his 11 All-Star appearances and four batting titles, he also nabbed the ultra-rare Triple Crown in 2012, leading the American League in batting average, home runs and RBIs. It was the first Triple Crown secured in 45 years.
Cabrera becomes the third player to have garnered his 3,000th as a member of the Tigers. Hall-of-Famers Ty Cobb and Al Kaline are the other two.