He won the 2003 World Series with the Florida Marlins as a 20-year-old, with a crucial home run off Roger Clemens.
He had four-and-a-half productive seasons for the Marlins before being traded to the Tigers before the 2008 campaign.
He has won batting titles, home run crowns, RBI titles, Silver Slugger awards, MVP awards, and even a Triple Crown in 2012.
He has also lost a World Series and markedly declined since 2019 to the present day.
It’s fair to say he has experienced the highs and the lows, but has done enough to be recognized as a top-three hitter since the turn of the millennium.
He has enjoyed some funny moments, too.
An Intentional Walk That Backfired
Perhaps the most entertaining at-bat of his storied career was when the Baltimore Orioles wanted to walk him intentionally, but the ball was too close from the strike zone and, well, Cabrera did what great pure hitters do: drive the ball and send it to the outfield for a base hit.
“One of Miguel Cabrera’s most entertaining hits was when he did this on an intentional walk pitch that didn’t get outside enough,” Starting 9 tweeted, with a video of the hilarious moment.
One of Miguel Cabrera’s most entertaining hits was when he did this on an intentional walk pitch that didn’t get outside enough. pic.twitter.com/koCz3l4Dj1
— Starting 9 (@Starting9) April 25, 2022
That was a long time ago: he was still with the Marlins!
Since 2017, pitchers are no longer required to actually pitch the four intentional balls for a walk.
A simple sign from the manager will do.
Perhaps the league remembered about Cabrera’s famous at-bat at the moment of changing the rule?
All kidding aside, it was a good moment to prove not only his hitting skills, but also his speed of mind.
He took advantage of an opportunity that was presented to him in that instant.
It was impressive.