Hard to top Cabrera’s night in Texas

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.