He will be attending his 12th All-Star Game after Commissioner Rob Manfred selected him to the American League roster.
As it turns out, the latest collective bargaining agreement (CBA) had a clause that allows Manfred to add one player to each All-Star roster based on career achievements.
When it comes to career achievements, few players can match Cabrera’s.
“3,000 hits, 600 doubles, 500 home runs and now his 12th All Star appearance. Miguel Cabrera has been selected to the American League All-Star team by Commissioner Rob Manfred for his accomplishments as one of the greatest hitters in baseball history,” the Tigers’ Twitter account wrote on Friday.
3,000 hits, 600 doubles, 500 home runs and now his 12th All Star appearance.
Miguel Cabrera has been selected to the American League All-Star team by Commissioner Rob Manfred for his accomplishments as one of the greatest hitters in baseball history. pic.twitter.com/RFSwt7eFBz
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) July 8, 2022
Cabrera hit his 500th home run late last year and his 3,000th hit and 600th double earlier this season.
He Is Still Raking At 39 Years Old
The best part of all is that he keeps on raking.
He is obviously not the same 40-homer hitter he was during his prime in the late 2000s and early 2010s, but he is still hitting .300 at 39 years old.
That’s certainly not easy in a league in which pitchers throw 100-mph fastballs and breaking pitches with incredible movement.
As of Friday morning, he is slashing .308/.347/.372 with three home runs and 31 RBI in 274 plate appearances.
Despite the lack of power, he has been an above-average hitter by weighted Runs Created Plus, or wRC+.
With a 105 wRC+, he has had a decent season overall, and a very good one for a player his age.
This could be Cabrera’s last All-Star appearance, so he will likely enjoy the weekend and appreciate every moment.
He certainly deserves one last trip with the stars by virtue of his amazing career, one that has MVP awards, a Triple Crown, and a World Series title.