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Miguel Cabrera is first this year to reach 100 RBI

Aug 15, 2012, 12:20 AM EDT

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Tied with Josh Hamilton for the major league lead at 99 before tonight’s action, Miguel Cabrera struck first Tuesday, knocking in two runs in the Tigers’ 8-4 defeat of the Twins.

Hamilton was held without an RBI as the Rangers were shutout by the Yankees.

Still just 29 years old, Cabrera now has nine 100-RBI seasons to his credit, having reached the plateau in each of his full major league seasons. Only 16 players have more 100-RBI seasons:

14 – Alex Rodriguez
13 – Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth
12 – Barry Bonds, Manny Ramirez, Al Simmons
11 – Hank Aaron, Goose Goslin
10 – Joe Carter, Vladimir Guerrero, Willie Mays, Stan Musial, Rafael Palmeiro, Albert Pujols

When all is said and done, one imagines that either Pujols or Cabrera is going to top the all-time list. Maybe Rodriguez could add a couple of more, but that would require more durability than he’s displayed of late. Pujols, who fell one RBI short of the century mark last year, figures to notch his 11th 100-RBI season this year. He’s just 19 RBI away at the moment.

  1. manifunk - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    If only RBIs meant something….

    • baseballisboring - Aug 15, 2012 at 1:29 AM

      Definitely true that RBI’s are vastly overrated, but I think there’s definitely something to be said for driving in 100 9 years in a row. Though I would point to his .317/.394/.557 career line as a much better example of his offensive dominance.

      • drewsylvania - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:31 PM

        Exactly. So why the huge downthumbs for manifunk?

    • stex52 - Aug 15, 2012 at 8:24 AM

      A bit of an overstatement. Sure, you have to have people on base to make it happen, but runs are the currency of baseball. A guy who consistently drives them in is doing the job.

    • gigab0t - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:07 AM

      If only scoring runs in baseball games meant something…

    • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      Because he’s saying they are meaningless
      Meaningless > over-rated

  2. theawesomersfranchise - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Miggy will pass them all baring injury

    • drewsylvania - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      Or being a drunk wrecking his body.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:34 PM

        He’s been drinking all the while being the best hitter in baseball all these years, why change now?


  3. scoregasmic - Aug 15, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    People never give cabby his credit he is always in the running for the batting title, best hitter I’ve ever seen(keep in mind I didn’t see babe Ruth or hank Aaron haha)

    • baseballisboring - Aug 15, 2012 at 1:26 AM

      I think he’s one of those guys who’s so good he gets taken for granted. Despite the fact that he’s 29 he’s been around a while, you kinda expect him to hit .320, with 30+ home runs and 100+ RBI’s.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:27 PM

      Better than Pujols? Not sure about that. I know that A.P. has the best plate discipline (over his career) than anyone I have seen NOT named Barry Bonds.

  4. seeinred87 - Aug 15, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Best hitter in baseball. Just ask the managers…

    (That’s according to a Baseball America mangers poll)

  5. kngjames83 - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Too bad he won’t be recognized as the best hitter in baseball with the MVP award. America has fallen in love with that Trout kid and has already pretty much given him the award. Cabrera is too good for his own good and I don’t think he will ever get his proper recognition until he’s in Cooperstown.

    • gigab0t - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:08 AM

      Tigers need to make it back to the WS and actually win. Then he’ll get more recognition.

  6. papacrick - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    Al Kakine was a great HOF’er who played with some of the game’s greatest players and he said Cabrera is the best hitter he’s ever seen. That has to count for something. Big sluggers like that aren’t supposed to hit .330 when they tally zero infield hits to boost their average over the course of a long season. This guy is amazingly consistent and an iron man Ripken style.

    • zackd2 - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:55 AM

      “That has to count for something”
      No not really. Miggy is an all-time great, future HOF. We don’t have to make up narratives to get people to vote for him.

  7. Charles Gates - Aug 15, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    Rum-Blood Index of 100?

    • gigab0t - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:09 AM

      Yeah just keep beating that horse dude

      • drewsylvania - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:33 PM

        Guy’s a drunk. Not much doubt about that.

    • ajcardsfan - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:32 AM

      Careful now, nobody except Jobu has blood made Rum

  8. detroitr1 - Aug 15, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    What more does Cabrera have to do in order to win an MVP?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 15, 2012 at 8:38 AM

      A lot more than just hit, as there are better, more complete players out there.

      • detroitr1 - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:23 AM

        Such as?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:47 AM

        Field, run? While I’m not ecstatic about fielding measurements, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say he’s subpar defensively at 3rd and someone like Trout is above average defensively at CF. Cabrera is also subpar as a baserunner (and has been 7/8 years).

        However, if we just look at batting, he still is behind Trout. Trout has better triple slash numbers, a better walk rate and almost a similar ISO. Now add in that Trout is a better runner, and better defender, and short of an injury the rookie should have the MVP wrapped up.

    • gigab0t - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:09 AM

      Win a WS

  9. novanation33 - Aug 15, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Not even a Tigers fan, but this guy is the best hitter in the game.

    • novanation33 - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      And it’s almost shame he plays in such a spacious home park. Could you imagine if he was playing in Yankee Stadium? He’d hit 45-50 HR a year. Just look at Prince. Not having a down year by any means but only has 20 HR. Cabrera’s hit 9 more HR than Prince Fielder and continues to hit .330. That’s impressive.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:50 AM

        In the last 75 years, two right hand hitters have hit over 40 home runs in a year as a Yankee, Alex Rodriguez (2005) and Joe DiMaggio (1937). The short porch is in right field, a boon for lefties but the L/CF alley is/was death on right handers.

  10. budro99 - Aug 15, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    OK….I think that Cabrera is an outstanding talent..definitely elite. But does anyone actually believe he is only 29? I mean really? I’d say 31-32…somewhere in that range.

  11. Detroit Michael - Aug 15, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Miguel Cabrera is a great hitter every year. That makes him a future Hall of Famer but doesn’t mean necessarily that he deserves an MVP, which is a one-year award. If the season ended today, Trout should will the MVP handily.

    Through a player’s age 29 season, Cabrera is 8th in baseball history in RBIs (with Pujols and A-Rod ahead of him and still active). That’s probably a more accurate picture of where he stands as an RBI guy then counting 100-RBI seasons.

  12. drewsylvania - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    I dunno about RBI, but there’s sure a lot of homers in here.

  13. ray0414 - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    If your going to call miguel cabrera a drunk, then you must also call josh hamilton a heroine addict. both have had problems, both got help. cabrera hasnt had a SINGLE issue since he got arrested, not one! he’s having a MONSTER year which means hes probably put his problems behind him, hes on pace for 40hr and 140 RBI.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:50 PM

      This is true, by the way. Hamilton had an extensive collection of Wonder Woman comics before his wife made him throw them out.

  14. ray0414 - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    And although pujols has better numbers, he also played nearly 10 years in a more hitter friendly park. cabrera played in FLA and DET which are pitcher friendly parks. he also has 3-5 homers this year over 450ft, definitely his best power year as a hitter. and his defense is MUCH improved over when he last played 3B in 2008, id say he’s average, makes all the rutiene plays and thats all we could have asked for.

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