Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera becomes 18th player in MLB history with 600 doubles

Detroit Free Press

HOUSTON — Detroit Tigers veteran Miguel Cabrera became the 18th player in MLB history to reach 600 doubles Saturday.

He drilled a sixth-pitch curveball from Houston Astros left-hander Framber Valdez to the left-field corner at Minute Maid Park. His 600th double plated two runs to put the Tigers ahead 2-0 in the third inning.

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The 39-year-old joined Hank Aaron and Albert Pujols as the only players with 3,000 hits, 500 home runs and 600 doubles. Cabrera leads the trio with a .310 batting average. Aaron hit .305 in his 23-year MLB career; Pujols, still active with the St. Louis Cardinals, is hitting .297 in his 22-year career.

Cabrera, a 20-year MLB veteran, notched 500 home runs on Aug. 22, against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. He then picked up 3,000 hits on April 23, against the Colorado Rockies at Comerica Park.

After his 600th double, Cabrera shared a congratulatory moment on the field with Jose Altuve, a fellow Venezuelan. Altuve has 1,790 hits, including 340 doubles and 168 homers, in his 12-year career.

The 600th double put Cabrera at 1,813 career RBIs, passing Frank Robinson for 19th place on MLB’s all-time leaderboard. It also marked 1,120 extra-base hits, snapping a tie with George Brett for sole possession of 18th place.

Cabrera, with his next double, will tie Barry Bonds for 17th place on the all-time list.

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