The Venezuelan Miguel Cabrera, of the Detroit Tigers, and the Dominican Albert pujolsThe Los Angeles Dodgers enter the first week of August with ample opportunities to complete some of their more immediate round goals, while continuing to embellish their records for the Cooperstown Hall of Fame.
Cabrera, 38, enters the week with a seven-game streak hitting at least one hit and 58 hits out of 3,000, a number that only 32 batters have had in the history of Major League Baseball (MLB).
In addition, Cabrera is three home runs from 500 and 10 doubles from 600. While 27 sluggers hit 500 or more home runs, only 17 have 600 or more doubles. List of players with 3,000 hits, 500 home runs and 600 doubles? Just two: Hank Aaron and Pujols, who are also the only ones from 3,000-600-600.
In Detroit’s first 108 games, Cabrera hit .250 (76 hits in 304 at-bats) with 10 home runs and nine doubles. If he maintains the frequency of home runs (1 for 11 games for his team) and doubles (1 for 12 games), everything seems to indicate that he will become the first Venezuelan of 500 homers and 600 doubles before the end of the current season.
But the two-time Most Valuable Player (MVP) winner would have to dramatically improve his 0.7 hit rate to complete 3,000 in the Tigers’ last 54 games. It is worth remembering that Cabrera is hired for two more seasons, more than enough time to continue climbing the ladder of greatness.
In baseball’s all-time lead, Cabrera, who is batting .311, is # 52 in games (2,540), # 36 in hits, # 20 in doubles, # 28 in home runs, # 22 in RBIs (1,777) and # 76 in scored (1,792), with 19 seasons of practice.
In the first game of August, Pujols doubled on the bases loaded in the Dodgers’ 13-0 rout of the Arizona Diamonbacks. In 52 games since moving from the Los Angeles Angels to the Dodgers, Pujols is hitting .268 with eight homers, three doubles and 29 RBIs.
The 41-year-old first baseman has 13 home runs and 41 laps in 224 career at-bats in the final season of the 10-year, $ 240 million contract he signed in the winter of 2011.
In a 21-year career, the three-time MVP has 3,290 hits, four short of surpassing Willie Mays for 12th place in the all-time lead. He is also second in RBIs (2,141), fourth in bases reached (6,019), fifth in home runs (675) and doubles (672) and # 14 in runs scored (1,866).