It is very impressive in itself that at 32 years old Miguel Cabrera already has a body of work that warrants inclusion in an article about the Hall of Fame, but make no mistake, the numbers are there. Cabrera owns a career .321 batting average along with a 408 home runs. “Miggy” is the pride of Venezuela, and was signed from his native country as an amateur at 16 by the Florida Marlins. Cabrera would debut with the Marlins when he was only 20, and immediately established himself by homering in his first game. Cabrera would help lead the Marlins to a World Series title that season, hitting three home runs in the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs. Since then, Cabrera has added two MVPs, four batting titles, and 10 All-Star selections to his resume.
Cabrera was traded to the Detroit Tigers in December 2007 along with Dontrelle Willis for a package that included pitcher Andrew Miller and outfielder Cameron Maybin. The trade is considered one of the great robberies of all-time, and has helped to make Detroit a consistent contender in the AL Central. Miguel Cabrera has been as steady as they come during his time in the big leagues, even winning the Triple Crown in 2012, when he posted a .330 batting average, hit 44 home runs, and drove in 139. At just 32, we should see a lot more of Cabrera, making it hard to see a scenario where he is not a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame one day.
Home Runs- 408
On-Base Pct.- .399
Slugging Pct.- .562