Tigers' Miguel Cabrera Reaches 2,000 Career Hits with Home Run

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Tigers' Miguel Cabrera Reaches 2,000 Career Hits with Home Run
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Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera recorded career hit No. 2,000 in predictably stylish fashion Friday, hitting a two-run homer to reach the milestone.

Cabrera entered Friday's game against the Baltimore Orioles with 1,996 hits, just four short of 2,000.

He singled in the first, fourth and fifth innings, with a second-inning flyout mixed in just to prove his mortality. Then, with a runner on first base and Baltimore's Ryan Webb on the mound in the eighth inning, Cabrera crushed a two-run homer into the left field stands for hit No. 2,000.

The 2,000-hit club isn't particularly exclusive, as Miggy became the 277th member.

However, the prolific 30-year-old slugger set himself apart from that pack by becoming the seventh-youngest player in MLB history to reach the milestone, per MLive.com.

Per CBS Detroit, only eight other players in major league history have recorded hit No. 2,000 before the age of 31, and seven of those eight are in the Hall Of Fame, while the other—suspended Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez—would one day be a lock for the Hall, if not for his admitted PED use.

Alongside Rodriguez and Cabrera in the exclusive club are Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, Mel Ott, Joe Medwick, Jimmie Foxx, Hank Aaron and Robin Yount.

That's an impressive list of baseball legends, and Miguel Cabrera may one day be the biggest name on it.

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