Hard to top Cabrera's night in Texas

MLB Miguel Cabrera makes history, both good and bad, going 4 for 4 with 3 home runs, 5 RBI, 4 runs scored in 11-8 loss to Rangers as he eyes Triple Crown repeat.

We're used to Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera putting up monster numbers (winning a Triple Crown can make big games seem commonplace).

But with what he did on Sunday, in an 11-8 loss at Texas, Cabrera sent a jolt across baseball that he is one of the great young hitters of all time, he may become one of the greatest hitters of all time — period, and he joined some exclusive company with his feats against the Rangers.

And for good measure, he did something in the game that nobody — EVER — had done in MLB history.


First, the numbers:

4 for 4, 3 HRs, 5 RBI, 4 runs, 10 total bases — his second career 3-HR game. OK, a great day for Babe Ruth, so we're pretty sure Miguel Cabrera will take them, too.


Next, the milestones:

In the same evening he tied and passed Tigers legend Hank Greenberg on the career home run list. His second of the night tied Greenberg at 331. His third passed him with No. 332.


Now, the scary part:

He leads baseball with a .387 batting average. He leads baseball with 47 RBI. And he is one home run behind four players for the AL home run lead. Yeah, he's got another Triple Crown in his sights. He actually would be the third player to win multiple Triple Crowns.

Ted Williams: 1942, 1947

Rogers Hornsby: 1922, 1925

Notice something about those years? Yup, he would be the first do it in consecutive years.

Secondly, he is all of 30 years, 1 month and 1 day old as of Sunday. He is one of 16 players with at least 300 home runs before his 31st birthday. Here is where he stands on the list — and just imagine how high he can get by April 18, 2014.

Rank Player HRs
1 Alex Rodriguez 464
2 Ken Griffey 438
3 Jimmie Foxx 429
4 Albert Pujols 408
5 Mickey Mantle 404
6 Eddie Mathews 399
7 Frank Robinson 373
8 Mel Ott 369
9 Andruw Jones 368
10 Hank Aaron 366
11 Juan Gonzalez 362
12 Adam Dunn 354
13 Sammy Sosa 336
14 Harmon Killebrew 336
15 Miguel Cabrera 332
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And finally, the history:

According to ESPN stats, he is the 23rd player in MLB history with at least three home runs, five RBI and four runs scored in a 4-for-4 game. No history there, right? The first 22 all won the game. Cabrera is the first with that doozie of a game in a losing effort.

Nice work, Tigers.

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