By: Noah Wright
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Tigers’ first baseman Miguel Cabrera ruptured a bicep tendon in his left arm. The surgery will require him to miss the entire season. Cabrera, 35, had struggled in 2017, with personal, and injury struggles throughout the year, and batted an abnormal .249/.329/.399 with 16 homers, 60 RBI’s, and a career low 91 wRC+ in 529 PA’s. However, he was rebounding this year with a nice .299/.395/.448 batting line with 3 homers, 22 RBI’s, and 128 wRC+.
The injury could threaten the former Triple-Crown winners career, which started in 2003 with the then Florida Marlins. He would play from 2003 to 2007, and finish with a .313/.388/.542 batting line with 138 homeruns, 523 RBI’s and 4 all star game appearances with The Marlins until he was traded in the 07’-08’ off season. Cabrera was sent to The Detroit Tigers in a blockbuster deal that sent him, and all-star Dontrelle Willis, along with a minor leaguer to The Tigers in exchange for then top prospects Andrew Miller and Cameron Maybin. It would be with Detroit where Cabrera would thrive. With The Tigers, Miggy won 2 MVP awards in 2012 and 2013, and sent to 7 all-star games. The biggest milestone in his career came in 2012, when he won a Triple-Crown (leading the league in average, home runs, and RBIs) with an outstanding .330/.393/.606 batting line, 44 home runs, 139 RBI’s, and 166 wRC+. With his feat, he joined Carl Yastrzemski, Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, and Ty Cobb and the few other players to reach a Triple Crown.
If this is the end for Miguel Cabrera’s career, he will still likely make The Hall Of Fame, as he currently has a 11 all star game appearances, 7 Silver Sluggers, 4 batting titles, 2 MVP awards, a Triple Crown, and a 2003 World Series Ring. To go along with a handful of awards, Miggy currently has a .316/.395/.448 batting line, along with 465 homeruns, 1635 RBI’s, and 2676 hits.