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3000th MLB hit for baseball great Cabrera

Miguel Cabrera has delivered the 3000th hit of his decorated career, becoming the 33rd major leaguer to reach the mark and the first player from Venezuela to accomplish the feat.

Still an imposing presence at 39, Cabrera made history by grounding an opposite-field single to right in the first inning of Detroit Tigers’ game against Colorado on Saturday.

Cabrera immediately raised his right arm as he headed toward first base. The crowd at mostly full Comerica Park gave him a rousing ovation and chanted “Miggy! Miggy!” while fireworks were shot out of the scoreboard

The milestone hit came off Antonio Senzatela, a fellow Venezuelan, in the first game of a day-night double-header.

A two-time AL MVP, a Triple Crown winner and an 11-time All-Star with four batting titles, Miggy’s place among the Major League Baseball greats already was assured long before this afternoon in Detroit.

As a 20-year-old rookie, Cabrera helped the Florida Marlins win the 2003 World Series. All these years later, stamping his name onto the 3000-hit list had a nice ring, too.

Cabrera became just the seventh player with 500 home runs and 3000 hits.

He joins an exclusive club with Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Eddie Murray, Rafael Palmeiro, Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez.

Last August in Toronto, Cabrera connected for his 500th homer. He’s now at 502 in his 20th season.

Pujols was the previous player to reach 3000 hits, doing it in 2018. He was at 3308 going into Saturday and, at 42 with St. Louis, has said this is his final season.

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