In Cleveland, on Sunday late afternoon, the Detroit Tigers beat the AL Central rival Cleveland Indians for just the second time all season.
The Tigers are an unthinkable 2-13 versus the Indians this season and that is a big reason why Cleveland leads the Tigers by 7 games.
Detroit remains in the race for the wildcard this late into the season, thanks to the bat of Miguel Cabrera, who is having another MVP-type season.
The veteran slugger entered Sunday’s final game with Cleveland hitting .308 with 33 homers, which is nothing more than a typical season for the Tigers star.
Cabrera reached a big milestone in Sunday’s game after hitting a single. It was Cabrera’s 2,500th hit in the major leagues.
Cabrera reached that milestone at the age of just 33. He came up first when he was 20 while playing for the Marlins and instantly had success.
Only seven players have reached 2,500 hits at the same age or younger than did Cabrera. Those that reached that plateau before the Detroit star include Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, Hank Aaron, Robin Yount, Alex Rodriguez, Mel Ott and Jimmie Foxx.
Cobb at 33 had 2,856 hits, while Foxx at No. 7 had 2,516 hits at 33.
On that list are six Hall of Famers, and one who would be there if not for his ties to performance enhancing drugs. Cabrera is in a group of elite baseball players.
Even with certain decline related to age going forward, Miguel has a very good chance of reaching the exclusive plateau of 3,000 hits prior to the 2018 regular season ending.
However, it could be that he would not reach that point until spring of 2019, but getting their by the end of 2018 is not a big long shot.
It does not matter all that much, as Cabrera will eventually reach that plateau well before retirement age. When he does finally call it quits, he will be given the title of one of the greatest right handed hitters of all time.
However, Cabrera and his teammates are not thinking much about his personal records at the moment. The Tigers as mentioned before sit 7 games back in the AL Central race. Catching Cleveland appears nearly impossible, but the Tigers have a good shot at a wildcard spot.
With 13 games left in the regular season, Detroit trails both Toronto and Baltimore for a wildcard spot by two games.