The rain didn’t stop Tigers’ first baseman Miguel Cabrera from rewriting the record books Saturday afternoon. After hitting three home runs in the last two games, a blast to center field off Cardinals’ pitcher Trevor Lyons earned him the 52nd spot in the 400 home run club. He is the eighth-youngest player to reach the mark at 32 years and 28 days.
The home run also earned Cabrera a special spot in Venezuelan baseball history. Number 400 moved him past Andres Galarraga for the most home runs all-time by a Venezuelan-born player.
It means a lot. I never expected to hit 400, I never expected any numbers like that.
At 32 years old, Miguel Cabrera is building a spectacular Hall of Fame resume. The nine-time all-star and two-time MVP is the active leader in career batting average at .320. Playing largely under the radar in Detroit, he has amassed 11-straight seasons of 25+ home runs and 100+ RBI with a .290+ batting average.
Tigers’ ace David Price offered his congratulations on Twitter after the game.
Miggy is the best!! Congrats on 400…most by a Venezuelan born player!! Thank you for allowing me to witness greatness!!! #👌 #bestever
— David Price (@DAVIDprice14) May 17, 2015
Tiger fans will enjoy watching Cabrera for the next several years. Here’s to many more milestones for one of the greatest players of all-time.