One of the best right-handed hitters of our generation, Cabrera surpassed 500 home runs last year and reached 3,000 hits and 600 doubles in 2022.
He currently has 603 career doubles, and his next one will move him ahead of a beloved figure in baseball: Baltimore Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr.
“Miguel Cabrera enters Wednesday with 603 career doubles, tied with Cal Ripken Jr. for 16th on MLB’s all-time doubles list. Cabrera’s next double will move him into sole possession of 16th on MLB’s all-time doubles list,” ESPN Stats & Info tweeted.
Miguel Cabrera enters Wednesday with 603 career doubles, tied with Cal Ripken Jr. for 16th on MLB's all-time doubles list.
Cabrera's next double will move him into sole possession of 16th on MLB's all-time doubles list. pic.twitter.com/Sd0xwaoJl7
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 25, 2022
Those who saw Cabrera develop as a prospect believed he was more of a doubles hitter than a premier slugger.
A Complete Offensive Machine
They were all wrong: the only word to describe Cabrera and his offensive profile would be “complete”: he has gap power (for doubles), over-the-fence power (for homers) contact ability (for batting average) and plate discipline, for walks.
He can do it all at the plate: perhaps not so much anymore, since he is already 39 and time and age are unforgiving, but during his prime, there was probably no right-handed hitter quite like him.
Since he still should be playing at least one more year after 2022, he may see him surpass more legendary players in the doubles, hits, and home run departments.
For now, he is having a quietly productive season for the Tigers, hitting 289/.333/.400 with six two-baggers and three round-trippers.
If he is healthy, he should remain a competent hitter, even at 39.
He is far from the hitter he was on his prime, but he can still help an MLB ballclub.