Miguel Cabrera probably was wondering what it would take to finally get voted into the All-Star Game.
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Winning a Triple Crown seemed to be the answer. After seven consecutive All-Star appearances as a reserve, the Detroit Tigers slugger finally made it on the fan vote.
When the results were announced on Saturday, Cabrera, who won the AL Triple Crown last year, received the second most votes among all major leaguers.
Cabrera tallied 8,013,074 votes to earn the AL starting spot at third base for the All-Star Game to be held at Citi Field on July 16 (7:30 p.m. ET on FOX). Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis pulled in the most votes with 8,272,243.
The 30-year-old Venezuelan slugger has put up some impressive numbers, now in the middle of his 11th major league campaign.
(Through July 6)
Home runs: 347 (12th among active players)
RBI: 1,209 (13th)
Hits: 1,922 (20th)
Batting average: .321 (fourth)
On-base percentage: .398 (seventh)
Slugging percentage: .567 (second; 12th on career list)
Cabrera debuted with the Florida Marlins in 2003 and played five seasons for the Fish before being traded to the Tigers in December 2007. He will be making his eighth All-Star appearance on July 16 and won the AL MVP following his Triple Crown performance last season (.330, 44 homers, 139 RBI).
He also won the AL batting title in 2011, hitting .344. Plus, he just might become the first player to win back-to-back Triple Crowns and the third multi-Crown winner, joining Ted Williams (1942 & ’47) and Rogers Hornsby (1922 & ’25).
Through 84 games this season, Cabrera leads the majors with a .360 average and 88 RBI and is six homers behind the Orioles’ Davis.
As for postseason play, Cabrera has been to the World Series twice, winning with the Marlins in 2003 and losing with the Tigers in 2012.
When the Marlins beat the Yankees in six games, Cabrera struggled, going 4 for 24 (.167) with one homer and three RBI. The next trip to the Fall Classic, when his Tigers were swept by the San Francisco Giants, wasn’t much better. He went 3 for 13 (.231) with a homer and three RBI.
But there were two playoff series where Cabrera was a major force behind his team.
In the 2003 NLCS seven-game comeback over the Cubs, he hit .333 with three homers and six RBI — however, teammate Ivan Rodriguez won the series MVP. In a six-game ALCS loss to the Texas Rangers in 2011, Cabrera also hit three homers, this time with seven RBI and a .400 batting average.
In 41 total postseason games, Cabrera owns a .276 average with 10 homers and 30 RBI.
It’s safe to say Cabrera’s statistics and possible postseason appearances will only improve as his career carries on. The real questions involve number of Triple Crowns won and a Cooperstown induction.