Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera keeps making history.
Even though his 2023 performance hasn’t been good, the future Hall of Famer keeps finding ways to climb up all-time lists due to the high totals he accumulated during his stellar career.
On Tuesday, Cabrera went 3-for-3 with a run and two RBI.
Those three hits helped him overtake a fellow legend: Ken Griffey Jr.
“With his third hit on Tuesday, Miguel Cabrera (5,272) passed Ken Griffey Jr. (5,271) for 15th on the all-time total bases list. Next on the list is Adrián Beltré (5,309),” ESPN Stats & Info tweeted.
With his third hit on Tuesday, Miguel Cabrera (5,272) passed Ken Griffey Jr. (5,271) for 15th on the all-time total bases list.
Next on the list is Adrián Beltré (5,309). pic.twitter.com/gDo31hZ3vP
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 31, 2023
That’s right: only 14 hitters have reached more bases than Cabrera in the history of Major League Baseball.
Cabrera has accumulated, to this point, 3,106 hits.
611 of them have been doubles, 17 have been triples, and 507 have left the yard.
That’s an impressive tally.
Unfortunately, the former MVP and Triple Crown winner has been declining rapidly over the last few years.
In 2023, he is hitting .196/.272/.239 with no home runs.
His 47 wRC+ is one of the worst in MLB, and indicates he has been 53 percent worse than the league-average hitter.
It’s hard to sustain any kind of regular or semi-regular playing time with numbers like that.
However, let’s not forget he is a career .307/.383/.521 hitter with a career 140 wRC+.
He was, during his prime, the best right-handed hitter in baseball and peaked with those incredible performances that earned him consecutive MVP awards in 2012 and 2013.NEXT: Tigers Manager Discusses His Team's Recent Hot Stretch