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Miguel Cabrera notches 10th straight 100-RBI season

Aug 7, 2013, 12:42 AM EDT

Miguel Cabrera AP

Miguel Cabrera collected his 100th RBI in Tuesday’s win over the Indians, making him the 17th player in big-league history to reach the century mark 10 times in his career. Cabrera has done it in every one of his full seasons as a major leaguer.

Here are all the players with 10 or more 100-RBI seasons:

14 – Alex Rodriguez –  13 consecutive
13 – Jimmie Foxx –  13 consecutive – Hall of Famer
13 – Lou Gehrig – 13 consecutive – Hall of Famer
13 – Babe Ruth – 8 consecutive – Hall of Famer
12 – Barry Bonds – 4 consecutive
12 – Manny Ramirez – 9 consecutive
12 – Al Simmons – 11 consecutive – Hall of Famer
11 – Hank Aaron – 5 consecutive – Hall of Famer
11 – Goose Goslin – 5 consecutive – Hall of Famer
11 – Albert Pujols – 10 consecutive
11 – Frank Thomas – 8 consecutive
10 – Miguel Cabrera – 10 consecutive
10 – Joe Carter – 6 consecutive
10 – Vladimir Guerrero – 5 consecutive
10 – Willie Mays – 8 consecutive – Hall of Famer
10 – Stan Musial – 5 consecutive – Hall of Famer
10 – Rafael Palmeiro – 9 consecutive

It’s pretty good company for Cabrera; the only guy there who doesn’t have Hall of Fame numbers is Joe Carter. And Cabrera figures to rack up at least a few more 100-RBI seasons before he’s done. He’s currently sitting at 1,223 RBI as a 30-year-old. The all-time leader, Hank Aaron, had 1,216 RBI of his 2,297 career RBI through age 30.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    He’s real good.

  2. bmcgrath2 - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Assuming active players are in bold font, can someone tell me why Vlad Guerrero is in bold on this list, and not Miguel Cabrera? Am I missing something?

    • bmcgrath2 - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:10 AM

      Rotoworld link…nevermind

  3. dickclydesdale - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Fat guys dominate because of their added weight which translates into power production.

    • jarathen - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:11 AM

      It’s science.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:39 AM


  4. Bob Loblaw - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Dammit I’m confused…do RBI’s matter or is it WAR? I thought the HBT policy was that RBIs are a product of luck and that anybody can knock in runs. I also thought that nobody cared about RBIs because they are not as important as dWAR, hREF, iABC and jklMNOP. Which is it guys…RBIs are important or they are a product of luck? Is the Triple Crown important or is how good of a baserunner a guy is that matters most? HBT writers just aren’t all that consistent. Plus, this article didn’t mention PEDs once. No PEDs…all about RBIs???? My mind feels ready to explode.

    • Reflex - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:31 AM

      Nice strawman you’ve constructed there. It would be a pity if it were to burn down…

      • Bob Loblaw - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:38 AM

        I don’t know reflex. I have read more than a few articles on this site with the theme that “RBIs are not important” or “RBIs are a byproduct of luck”. And then the comments are filled with 95% of the people agreeing with the post. And then this article is written which is glorifying Cabrera for knocking in 100 runs for the 10th straight year. And there’s no mention of luck. Or who is hitting in front of Cabrera and what his OBP is. Or the fact that the Tigers as a team are second in runs scored and have the highest OBP as a team in the AL and that this contributes to his knocking in so many runs.

        And before you tell me that this article isn’t making a big deal of RBIs, the last paragraph just about calls Cabrera a lock for the hall of fame based on the fact that he is on this list.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 7, 2013 at 4:10 AM


        I’d rather see a statistic that shows the percentage of men driven in who are in scoring position, meaning on either 2nd or 3rd base. I know, guys get knocked in from 1st base and guys get RBI’s from HR’s.

        But if a player comes to bat all season with only say 98 men in scoring position and yet he has say 72 RBI’s for the year, that would be better production than a man who came to bat with 154 men in scoring position and only has 94 RBI’s for the year.

        To me, it’s more about how often they produce an RBI out of the chances they have to collect an RBI vs. simply who has the highest number of RBI’s.

      • Reflex - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        They are not a product of luck. They are a product of getting an at bat while someone is standing on base. Nobody claims it is luck, they claim it is outside of a hitter’s control as to whether or not they are at bat with someone on base. That is factually correct. Unless a hitter has a demonstrated and reproducible ability to hit better than the league average with runners on base, then the ability to ‘get RBIs’ is not a real ability at all. That does not make it luck, it simply means its a recording of what happened rather than being a predictive stat that one can use to project the odds of a player’s performance in the future.

        Take Miguel Cabrera and put him on the Mariner’s last year and he would not have sniffed the triple crown. The M’s had a historically bad offense, so he never could have had enough RBI’s to get close. And that is why people here tend to say its not a great stat for measuring a player’s abilities, it is too team dependent.

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:43 AM

      Piss on RBI’s

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:42 AM

      You really are confused. It was just a fun article about the historic greatness of the beginning of Miggy’s career and it happened to be prompted by a pretty unusual and darn great statistical accomplishment. Your confused head just injected all of those completely irrelevant ideas into it.

      You should prolly just let it be and allow your head to go all explodey – it’s for the best.

    • grumpyoleman - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      I found a way to make them important. You just have to use a lower case r and make sure to include the S on the end so it looks saberish. rBIS.

  5. beelza - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:29 AM

    What wins rings, game runs scored or game aggregated WAR? If RBI’s are as useless as tits-on-a-bull, then why keep the stat? Why use the stat? My fantasy MLB league banned runs scored as the sole basis for wins. We’re still in our first season, 7th calander year.

  6. Stiller43 - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    I dont think they said RBI’s arent important (how else do ya win?), i think the point is theyre kind of like pitcher wins.

    More things than just your performance factor into it…so there perhaps are other stats more telling about how good you are.

    They also say that players who get a ton of them consistently are damn good players, as are pitchers that rack up a ton of wins. Not sure what the point of being all butt hurt about it is, Bob Loblaw.

    Back to the point of the article…thats damn impressive for miggy! Glad he plays in the AL…

  7. historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    Go, Miggy!


  8. snipedanglecelly13 - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Guy at the top a big cheater (ARod) miggy did it without cheating. Go tigers

    • largebill - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:46 AM

      How do you know?

      • koreanfandeath - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        largebill, read the above comment by dickclydesdale about fat guys mashing, and cross reference with Moneyball chapter about player butt size.

  9. elwaysmilehighdenver - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Miggy will top this list in 2018 if he stays injury free. Quite a list of HOFers minus the current list topper who still has a needle in his backside! Go Tigers!

  10. truninerfan49 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Imagine if Miggy was on juice?

  11. wjarvis - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Having a lot of RBI consistently does mean something, but you can’t say player A has 10 more RBI this year than player B, so player A is a better hitter. If you’re a good hitter (especially with power) you’ll accumulate RBI.

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