Today, as the Tigers play host to the New York Yankees in the finale of their three-game series, “Miggy” has a chance to reach 3,000 career hits.
A broken bat single gave him hit No. 2,999 and put him in position to not only reach a key milestone, but to do it in front of the home fans in Detroit.
And to prepare for Cabrera’s ultimate milestone, Major League Baseball is doing a little something special.
For each at-bat that he has a chance to join the 3,000-hit club, each ball that is thrown is labeled with a special letter and number, which according to Marly Rivera of ESPN, is progressive by each at-bat.
The detailed information is private to avoid fraud.
Starting with that 8th inning at-bat, in every Miguel Cabrera at-bat where he has a chance to become the 33rd member of the 3,000-hit club, each ball thrown is labeled with a special letter/number, and the number is progressive per at-bat. Detailed info is private to avoid fraud.
— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) April 21, 2022
Preparing For History
This is an interesting way to prepare for Cabrera’s historic milestone.
Perhaps it’s a way to see how long it takes Cabrera to actually reach 3,000 career hits.
In all seriousness though, it shouldn’t take too long.
Cabrera can flat out hit and when he gets going, it’s hard to cool him down.
Chances are he will reach the 3,000-hit plateau today in the Tigers’ series finale against the Yankees.
If not today, then it will come very soon, perhaps at some point over the weekend when the Tigers play host to the Colorado Rockies in a three-game series.
But Cabrera is closer than ever to history.
All the focus will be on him until he reaches the 3,000-hit mark.
Everybody in baseball is waiting in anticipation for the historic moment.
If he gets it today, the city of Detroit will be filled with sheer joy.