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Miguel Cabrera ties Hank Greenberg with 331st career homer

May 19, 2013, 9:55 PM EST

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With a three-run home run to right-center in the third inning and a solo shot to straightaway center in the fifth — his ninth and tenth of the season, respectively — against Rangers starter Derek Holland, Miguel Cabrera put himself in a tie with Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg with 331 career home runs.

Cabrera, the defending AL MVP and the first player in 45 years to win a Triple Crown, bumped his league-leading average up to .384 and league-leading RBI total to 46, putting himself in prime position to win another Triple Crown. You know, if he feels like it.¬†Only two players have won multiple Triple Crowns: Rogers Hornsby in 1922 and ’25, and Ted Williams in 1942 and ’47.

Cabrera is one of 15 players all-time to have 330 or more career home runs before his 31st birthday. Assuming he hits at least another 30, he’ll move up to #12 on the list at least.

The list (as of this writing):

Rk Player HR From To Age PA
1 Alex Rodriguez 464 1994 2006 18-30 7774
2 Ken Griffey 438 1989 2000 19-30 7319
3 Jimmie Foxx 429 1925 1938 17-30 7293
4 Albert Pujols 408 2001 2010 21-30 6782
5 Mickey Mantle 404 1951 1962 19-30 7199
6 Eddie Mathews 399 1952 1962 20-30 7124
7 Frank Robinson 373 1956 1966 20-30 7088
8 Mel Ott 369 1926 1939 17-30 7808
9 Andruw Jones 368 1996 2007 19-30 7276
10 Hank Aaron 366 1954 1964 20-30 7216
11 Juan Gonzalez 362 1989 2000 19-30 5779
12 Adam Dunn 354 2001 2010 21-30 6065
13 Sammy Sosa 336 1989 1999 20-30 5808
14 Harmon Killebrew 336 1954 1966 18-30 5202
15 Miguel Cabrera 331 2003 2013 20-30 6669
16 Ralph Kiner 329 1946 1953 23-30 5223
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Generated 5/19/2013.

Update (11:35 PM): Miguel Cabrera hit his third home run of the night, a solo shot to center off of Tanner Scheppers. So he’s up to 332.

  1. historiophiliac - May 19, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Miggy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • WatchThis - May 20, 2013 at 7:50 AM

      I’m sure he’s not the best player right now….because the Tigers lost despite his effort, right?

      • WatchThis - May 20, 2013 at 11:59 AM

        That was sarcasm, by the way. :)

  2. dondada10 - May 19, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    It’s been a pleasure watching Miggy’s at-bats tonight. My favorite is the one that just transpired. In the top 6th, Frasor intentionally walked Cabrera after the count went to 2-1.

    Couple of reasons why it was great:

    1. Mike Maddux went out to talk to Frasor before hand, and the meeting dragged. The ump came out the break it up, but left the mound and allowed it to continue another 30 seconds or so. Leyland then proceeded to berate the ump, and ESPN let us hear a good amount of it.

    2. You can tell the respect afforded Miggy. The count went 2-0, and the pitcher missed over the zone. Miggy ripped it foul, which prompted for the intentional walk to be issued.

    A question: Does it bother anybody else to hear the term unintentional intentional walk? Isn’t it the other way around when the catcher stays in his crouch but the pitcher is clearly missing on purpose?

    • seeinred87 - May 20, 2013 at 3:56 AM

      Did they use the term unintentional intentional for that one? Because it gets scored as an IBB.

      Unless you’re just saying that the name for that play should be the intentional unintentional walk instead, in which case I agree. I definitely hear it both ways, but unintentional intentional seems far more common unfortunately.

  3. aceshigh11 - May 19, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    The dude’s unstoppable. What a hitter.

  4. flamethrower101 - May 19, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    And now he’s just hit his third of the night. Un-bleeping-believable. I’m actually rooting for the Tigers to bat around to give him a chance for number four.

  5. scaarepittschamberofcommerce - May 20, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    teehee in his 6669th PA

  6. badintent - May 20, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Hank Greenberg played in old Tiger Stadium. Centerfield was 457 ! Power alleys were 407 and 399. No way Migel would have put the same numbers up. Great hitter but lets get real here on the HRs.

    • blacksables - May 20, 2013 at 3:25 AM

      It was also enclosed all the way around, which cut out any wind effects, and was known as a homerun park.

      I’m sorry, I missed your point.

      • dohpey28 - May 20, 2013 at 8:37 AM

        How about the part where he missed 5 years for military service?

    • hgfrombc2 - May 20, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      Except that it was 440 to straight-away center; 410 to the gap in left-center; 385 to the gap in right-center; 340 down the leftfield line; 325 down the rightfield line.
      Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.
      And I agree with dohpey28 – put the guys on the field every day that they missed serving their country and the record books are totally re-written.

      • badintent - May 22, 2013 at 1:11 AM

        My bad on the center field , thinking of the only Stadium that has the most Championships.Yankee But my point is well taken, Monster field by anyone standard, . And yes, DiMaggio lost tons of Homers due to the 399 power alley in Right field Yankee Stadium. Ted Williams lost 5 years flying for the Marines, 5 X 40 homes is another 200.And god knows how many more hits. Class dismissed

  7. moogro - May 20, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    wow

  8. mungman69 - May 20, 2013 at 3:57 AM

    The most natural hitter in the game today. He just gives the pitcher that little grin and then he just nails the ball.

  9. rmfields - May 20, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Cabrera might be better than Pujols in his prime.

  10. chiefagc5675 - May 20, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    So what’s Cabrera juiced on or is pitching so bad that almost anybody can hit a bunch of homers?

    • WatchThis - May 20, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      You have to say “That’s sarcasm” for comments like this.

  11. baylj98 - May 20, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Hello everyone. Just want to say that I love the Tigers. I have been a big fan since 1968 when they won the World Series. The reason I came on here is there was no comment section on the Dodgers and Braves game from yesterday. Just wanted to say how crappy the Dodger relief pitchers are. I have never seen so many room service pitches in one game. It’s no wonder they are losing so much. They don’t seem like they want to try and locate their pitches to fool the batters. Just throw it over the middle and hope to get an out. Good luck Tigers. Hoping to see you in the World Series again this year. Have a good day everyone.

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