Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera hit the 1,300-RBI mark in Wednesday's 11-10 loss to the Cleveland Indians, becoming just the seventh player to reach the milestone in his first 12 MLB seasons, per ESPN Stats & Info.
The other six players who have accomplished the feat are Al Simmons, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Hank Aaron, Jeff Bagwell and Albert Pujols. Outside of the much-debated Bagwell and the active Pujols, all of those players have been inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame.
Cabrera has arguably been the best player in baseball over the last few seasons, winning back-to-back AL MVP awards in 2012 and 2013, highlighted by a 2012 campaign that saw him hit for baseball's first Triple Crown since 1967. He's accumulated 100 or more RBI every year for a decade, including totals of 139 and 137 in the past two seasons. Cabrera sports a career slash line of .321/.398/.567, and he's just 28 long balls away from joining the 400-home run club.
A .275 April batting average represented a slow start to the season by Cabrera's standards, but he's since rebounded, hitting .385 in the month of May through Thursday's games. The 31-year-old first baseman has hit safely in 17 of 20 May games, including seven games of the multi-hit variety. Mix in five home runs on the month, and you get a 1.106 May OPS. Cabrera is well on his way to another MVP season as he makes his case for a ninth career All-Star Game selection.
All stats courtesy of MLB.com unless otherwise specified.
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