Miguel Cabrera finally ended his own personal Curse of the Bambino.
The Tigers slugger passed Babe Ruth on Major League Baseball’s hits list after a week and a half lingering over his shoulder. Cabrera’s second-inning single Friday against the Twins was the 2,873rd hit of his career, pulling Miggy even with the Bambino for 45th on the all-time list. He added another single in the fourth inning to bring his total to 2,874. He stands alone at 45th.
It’s a cool milestone on Cabrera’s charge towards 3,000 hits and 500 home runs. Just six players in MLB history have accomplished both, though never in the same year. Cabrera will have to pick up his pace to get there, but Friday was a start.
Cabrera had been on the brink of tying Ruth since April 27. Friday's first hit ended an 0-for-27 slump, the longest hitless skid of his 19-year Major League career. He broke it against Twins starter and Detroit area native Matt Shoemaker, who had held Cabrera to 3-for-21 with five strikeouts in their previous career meetings.
Cabrera and good friend Albert Pujols, who was released by the Angels on Thursday, are the only two active players among the all-time top 50 in career hits; Pujols sits 14th with 3,253. Cabrera is closing in on greats such as Mel Ott (2,876), Omar Vizquel (2,877) and Rogers Hornsby (2,930).