The Miguel Cabrera Report

by Bill Chuck on July 22, 2013

In the Tigers 4-1 victory over the Royals yesterday, Miguel Cabrera hit his 31st homer of the season.

With that homer, Miggy passed Dick Allen and tied Ellis Burks for 86th place on the all-time home run list with 352.

Up next for Cabrera

Player HR From To G PA AB
Johnny Mize 359 1936 1953 1883 7370 6443
Carlos Lee 358 1999 2012 2099 8787 7983
Yogi Berra 358 1946 1965 2120 8359 7555
Greg Vaughn 355 1989 2003 1731 7070 6103
Luis Gonzalez 354 1990 2008 2591 10531 9157
Lee May 354 1965 1982 2071 8219 7609
Carlos Beltran 353 1998 2013 2005 8708 7651
Miguel Cabrera 352 2003 2013 1608 6914 6036
Ellis Burks 352 1987 2004 2000 8177 7232
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/22/2013.

{ 4 comments }

kalinecountry July 22, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Miguel Cabrera is the best Tigers hitter I have seen since Kaline.
Bill, you have a great Blog Site. Thankyou for all the Baseball Info and Stats.

Bill July 22, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Thanks so much for the kind words. I’m old enough to remember and appreciating the great Al Kaline. In fact, I remember being at the game in which his diving catch saved a victory over the Yankees with two down in the bottom of the 9th and Kaline broke his collarbone.

kalinecountry July 23, 2013 at 11:51 am

May 26, 1962. another day of infamy for my hero and Tigers, iirc, Bunning was on the mound that game, From crashing into the rightfield corner foul line wall late 50’s banging up his knees, the errant throw from Billy Gardner on a grounder to second to smash his cheekbone in 1959, the bone disease in Al’s foot osteomylitis and more injuries in 67 slamming the bat into the rack, and lew krause’s pitch breaking his arm and the Tigers’ – a’s bean ball series in 1968, might have made a weaker player say enough is enough.
Kaline’s only weakness as a player was his inability and bad luck not to stay healthy. 1961 was his last year of over 150 games played. A testimony to his dedication and perseverance to the team to play at his level of consistency/greatness year after year continuing and reaching the 3000 hits plateau.

I was at fenway in Sept. 1974 for Al’s last series in boston. They gave him the same standing ovation the Yankess Mariano Rivera received this past weekend. Al got his 2997 hit off Luis Tiant.

Year ago in the mid/late 1980’s I took my Uncle Charlie a lifetime Yankees/Mantle fan to an autograph session with Mickey Mantle. Mick was so friendly to everyone posing for pictures, shaking hands. I told Mick what an honor it was to do that with my second favorite player next to Kaline, and Mickey told me quote, “From when I played, 1955 to 1968, the best all-around player in the American League was Al Kaline”. To this day I have never forgotten those words from the great Mickey Mantle.

kalinecountry July 23, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Tigers fans are holding their collective breaths hoping Miggy’s left hip flexor is not anything that will take longer than a DL trip, and no lingering or problems like what iirc Albert Belle, Travis Hafner, or Aroid, others who went through with their hips/surgery, among other health issues for them.

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