Miguel Cabrera is missing a hit to beat Omar Vizquel with the most hits by a Venezuelan in the MLB
Historically, the records for Venezuelan players in the Major Leagues continue to fall into the hands of those who for years seemed predestined to take over the vast majority of them, that is, Miguel Cabrera. Photo: IG-miggy24
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Miguel Cabrera started the new season at first base and played in that position a couple of days a week. He was just 13 home runs from 500 and 134 hits from 3,000 , in his brilliant career that will lead him to the Hall of Fame.
Historically, the records for Venezuelan players in the Major Leagues continue to fall into the hands of these who, for years, seemed predestined to take over the vast majority of them, that is, Miguel Cabrera.
However, with his unstoppable drive to the opposite side against Danny Duffy, in the fifth inning of the game between the Royals and the Tigers, his second of the night, Cabrera surpassed Omar Vizquel, as the leader among players born in the South American country with 2,878 hits , adding another milestone for his collection.
On the other hand, it took Cabrera 10,551 trips to the plate to overtake Vizquel, who had his 2,877 hits in 12,013 legal appearances over a 24-season career. 2021 is Cabrera's nineteenth season in the Majors as detailed by Major League Baseball (MLB).
Cabrera's professional career
Cabrera began his career in 2003 with the Florida Marlins and his first hit was not just that. In his Big Top debut on June 20, after being raised straight from Double-A, the then 20-year-old was 4-0 when he stood at the plate in the 11th inning with one on base. Facing Al Levine, Cabrera started his hit count by bouncing it all over center field to knock out Tampa Bay.
In the third inning , Cabrera had tied Vizquel with an RBI line hit between center and left . Cabrera, 38, also owns the records for most home runs (489), doubles (582), extra-base hits (1,088), RBIs (1,737), runs scored (1,461), batting average (312), slugging ( 538), OPS (927) and WAR (68.7) for Venezuelans , among others.
The 5 athletes, who have had the record of hits in Venezuela
The record for the most hits for Venezuelan players has had 5 owners, now that Cabrera equaled Vizquel. The first to show it off was pitcher Alejandro “El Patón” Carrasquel , who in 1939 became, with the Washington Senators, the first Venezuelan player to see action in the majors. Carrasquel retired in 1949 with 33 hits to his personal tally.
The reign of the Patón was brief. A year after his retirement in 1949, his nephew Alfonso began in 1950 with the Chicago White Sox his successful path in the Major Leagues. He had 148 hits that season, beating “Patón” in the first of his 10 Big Top campaigns .
Record heroes of Venezuelan hits
1. Miguel Cabrera - 2,878 (2021 to ---)
2. Omar Vizquel - 2,877 (2012 to 2021)
3. Luis Aparicio - 2,677 (1963 to 2012)
4. Chico Carrasquel - 1,199 (1950 to 1963)
5. Alex Carrasquel - 33 (1939 to 1950)
How long will Cabrera have the record?
Cabrera's record could be around for a while, since he has no one close behind at the moment . Next on the list of most hits for Venezuelans is Elvis Andrus with 1,762 , more than a thousand less. Andrus is also 32 years old and has had a hard time hitting in the last four seasons.
José Altuve appears with 1,641 hits . Now 31, Altuve would need six 200-hit seasons, or eight more years with 150 hits each, to match the number Cabrera now has. However, the Tigers slugger has not retired and still has two more years of guaranteed contract.