How does Miguel Cabrera’s career stack up against other Major League Baseball greats just over a decade after he first laced them up for the Marlins? Look no further than Hank Aaron, aka Hammerin’ Hank.
This graphic was shared by Baseball Tonight and it should put in perspective just how great of a career Cabrera is putting together. Marlins fans should look away now, this one might sting a little.
Through 1,553 games, Cabrera’s numbers are eerily similar to Aaron’s, if not better in most cases. The lone category that Aaron betters Cabrera is home runs, 347 to 329, respectively. Cabrera boasts a better batting average (.320 vs. .318), more RBIs (1,165 vs. 1,137), and a better on-base plus slugging percentage (.958 vs. .943).
In addition to these numbers, Cabrera touts one feat that Aaron never accomplished: Winning the Triple Crown. In 2012, he became the first player since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 to take home the elusive title.
Cabrera, at 30 years old, still has quite a few years ahead of him to be considered among the greats. However, if he stays on this track (and hopefully away from PEDs), he has a legit chance to go down in history as one of the greatest to ever grace the diamond.