After spending four days in the cave of the Tigres Between Friday and Monday, Miguel Cabrera returned to the Detroit club's lineup last Tuesday night, to hit singles and doubles in three official shifts, which allowed him to equal for the second time so far this season, a record of the legendary star Puerto Rican Roberto Clemente.
As DH and fifth hitter in the Bengals lineup, Cabrera unloaded his two rockets off rookie starter George Kirby. In the second act he singled to the center and in the fifth inning he started the shootout with a superb line down the right to earn his tenth biangular of the contest.
Thus he reached 876 games of at least two undisputed throughout his brilliant career of twenty seasons with the Marlins (2003-07) and Tigres from 2008 to the present.
Now he is located next to Clemente in twentieth place on the historical list in which only the first six members have at least a thousand games in which they scored a minimum of two undisputed. And of the first twenty members of this exclusive group, only four are Latin American. Along with Cabrera and Clemente are the Dominican Albert Pujols, in ninth place, and the Panamanian Rod Carew, in 16th place.
At the start of this campaign, Cabrera equaled Clemente by reaching 3 hits. In the first inning of the first game of a doubleheader against the Rockies, he had the historic hit (single to left) off Antonio Senzatela from Carabobo.
On the hunt for Ichiro and Yastrzemski
Among the goals that Miguel Cabrera pursues in the short term are the ten hits he needs to reach the Japanese Ichiro Suzuki in twenty-fourth place on the historical list of hitters with the greatest number of undisputed hits in history.
The one from Maracay reached 3079 on Tuesday, while the native of Nichi Kasugai-gun had 3089 hits in 19 seasons. With 1841 RBIs, Cabrera ranks 15th all-time.
Just three trailers separate him from the next box, occupied by Carl Yastrzemski, who chartered 1844 lines in 23 seasons with the Boston Red Sox (1961-83).