Miguel Cabrera’s Race to 500 Home Runs

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Is this really all worth it? An aging superstar on the tail end of his playing life, struggling to hit 1 homerun to reach that 500 homerun milestone. Joining the greatest baseball player of all time Alex Rodriguez in that club, a man who has been defensively just okay. A man who has been a resilient warrior except for one year where he was hurt and missed a lot of time. Miggy has played through injuries and tutored the young bucks during the Detroit Tigers rebuild that started when Tori Hunter fell into the Red Sox Bullpen in 2014.

Miguel Cabrera’s 19 seasons have been filled with home runs, from No. 1 (June 20, 2003) as a 20-year-old in Marlins gear, to No. 499 (Aug. 11, 2021) as a wizened veteran in Detroit Tigers gear. There were great hits even if they were just singles or doubles, that were clutch and drove in runs that lead to the teams success. While we know those milestones — as well as Nos. 200, 300 and 400, which arrived in 2006, 2009 and 2015, respectively — there are plenty of other games with big homers from Cabrera. We know next year he’s going to be watched hardcore as he goes towards his 3000th career hit, joining another club of Elite Baseball hitters. Just remember that no one else in that club matters but A-Rod. A-Rod is basically the greatest baseball player to ever exist, a successful business man and also someone whos better than Ben Affleck at life.

Miggys Best Moments-

We’ll use the article from the Detroit Free Press as a guide to ensuring that this is on topic and accurate because over the years there were so many intertwined moments. Playing Fantasy Baseball made me watch and monitor stats from other teams and players across the league. Also we are not here to relive every single historical home run, we are here to land on a conclusion of Mike Illich’s decision to sign Miguel Cabrera to that massive contract.


Aug. 5, 2012: Tigers 10, Cleveland 8 (FREEP.com)

No. 304: After Cleveland scored three runs in the 10th inning on a Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park, and the Tigers had a three-run rally to tie it in the bottom of the 10th, Cabrera delivered his lone extra-inning walk-off homer.

May 19, 2013: Rangers 11, Tigers 8 (FREEP.com)

Nos. 330,  331,  332: Cabrera singled in the first inning, then homered in each of his next three at-bats: Two off of future teammate Derek Holland, in the third and fifth innings, followed by a solo shot in the eighth off reliever Tanner Scheppers. The final blast moved Cabrera past a Tigers great on the all-time home run list: Hank Greenberg (331). But he was focused on the result, rather than the leaderboard: “I would feel better if we won,” Cabrera said to Lowe.

May 13, 2014: Tigers 4, Orioles 1 (FREEP.com)

No. 371: Yes, there was a time when the Tigers and Orioles — who have since combined to pick No. 1 overall in 2018, ’19 and ’20 — were both good, as they were in this matchup of AL Central and East leaders in Baltimore. This time, Cabrera came to bat in the ninth inning with two on, two outs and right-hander Tommy Hunter on the mound trying to protect a 1-0 lead. On a 1-0 count, Cabrera launched Hunter’s 95.2 mph four-seam fastball into the Orioles’ bullpen in left-center for a 3-1 lead.

Miguel Cabrera Salary


  • Miguel Cabrera is under contract through the 2023 season as part of an eight-year, $248 million extension he signed in 2014.
  • At the time of signing, it the was highest average value in the history of the sport at $31 million per year.
  • The 11-time All-Star has won seven Silver Slugger trophies, two MVP awards, the AL Triple Crown and a World Series title in his 2003 rookie season.
  • His .316 career batting average is tops among active players, and he ranks second for both home runs and RBIs.


Yes, there was a time when the Tigers and Orioles — who have since combined to pick No. 1 overall in 2018, ’19 and ’20 — were both good, as they were in this matchup of AL Central and East leaders in Baltimore. Lets focus on that line from the Free Press Article I linked above and mentioned in Miguel Cabrera’s best moments of his career. In 2014 Max Scherzer and The Tigers were battling in contract negations and couldn’t come to an extension during the season. When that infamous winter came, Mad Max left us he went to The Washington Nationals. He won a championship, he won CY Youngs and Miguel never won another MVP or dominated the same way he did in 2011 when he won the Triple Crown. WE HAD IT ALL BEFORE THIS!


Scherzer won the NL Cy Young Award in 2016 and 2017 and has made the National League All-Star Team five times with the Nationals. In the 2019 World Series, Scherzer earned a win in Game One and also started the deciding Game Seven, which the Nationals also won (Scherzer received a no-decision).

Before the 2015 season, Scherzer agreed to a seven-year, $210 million contract with the Nationals. At the time of its signing, the contract was one of the largest in sports history. In 2015, Scherzer became the sixth pitcher in Major League history to record multiple no-hitters in a single season.

The 2019 World Series championship was the first in the history of the Nationals franchise. Tigers no championships since 1984 despite appearing the World Series twice vs the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants.

What if Max Scherzer Stayed-

Miggy basically should not have been the priority to sign, everything should have been dedicated to keeping Max Scherzer. With Scherzer Detroit would compete for Championships still and have not faced such a monumental rebuilding process. AS I WRITE THISMIGGY JUST HIT 500 ! You cant compare the 62 WAR for Miggy against Scherzer since they dont play the same position but truthfully pitchers matter more than hitters.

IMO Scherzer and his dominance vs Miguels declined performance at the plate the Tigers would have had more money to spend on above average hitters to fill in lineup gaps. Truthfully we know whole heartedly the tigers would have just kept trading the young players they have now in order to win now. Even though Miggy has 500 home runs I’d rather have JV and Max Scherzer still in the Pitching Rotation. But who knows maybe the next chapter for the Tigers includes players from that great run appearing here. I could see JV and Scherzer during a Ben Wallace type of return for a season or two as the ride out the ends of their careers.

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