Last week was a historic one for Venezuelan baseball player Miguel Cabrera, who hit his sixth home run of the season and set a record for the most home runs ever in the history of the Detroit Tiger’s Comerica Park.
A day later, after propelling one run against the New York Yankees, Cabrera became the sixth youngest player to achieve 1,000 propelled runs in the Major Leagues. Now, after hitting his seventh home run of the season and 284th of his career, Cabrera is tied with Bob Abreu for third place among the greatest Venezuelan home run hitters in the history of the Major Leagues.
Compared to Abreu, it took Cabrera eight years, 10 months and four days less to break the record and just 59 percent of the at-bats.
Andres Galarraga has the highest record among Venezuelan players, finishing his career with nearly 400 home runs. Nevertheless, Cabrera’s performance over the last 10 seasons in the Major Leagues is unprecedented among Venezuelan players, since Galarraga was more than 36 years old when he broke the record that Cabrera is trying to break.
If Cabrera makes just 16 more home runs, the Venezuelan player will become one of just 13 batters 29 years old or younger with 300 home runs in the history of the Major Leagues, exceeding Babe Ruth and Barry Bonds. He will break this record with an OPS average of .950, a leader among Venezuelan players and the sixth highest among active players.
YVKE Mundial / Press Office – Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S. / April 30, 2012