Wednesday, October 27 2021

With his milestone home run Sunday in Toronto, Miguel Cabrera joined an exclusive club by becoming the 28th major leaguer with 500 career homers.

The Detroit Tigers star is at the bottom of that group in homers, naturally, with five more to go until he passes Eddie Murray for 27th. But he’s solidly in the middle of the pack in some other stats. Here’s how Cabrera ranks against his 500-homer peers in seven other categories.

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Games: 14th

Where Miguel Cabrera ranks among the 28 members of the 500-homer club.Where Miguel Cabrera ranks among the 28 members of the 500-homer club.

Where Miguel Cabrera ranks among the 28 members of the 500-homer club.

Cabrera played his first MLB game at 20 years, 63 days old — four days younger than Hank Aaron was when he debuted with the Braves in 1954. But Aaron played 22 seasons; Cabrera is in the middle of his 19th year. (He’s under contract with the Tigers for two more seasons, through the end of the 2023 season.)

Hank Aaron, one of the greatest baseball player ever who broke Babe Ruth's career home run record in 1974, died on Jan. 22, 2021 at the age of 86.Hank Aaron, one of the greatest baseball player ever who broke Babe Ruth's career home run record in 1974, died on Jan. 22, 2021 at the age of 86.

Hank Aaron, one of the greatest baseball player ever who broke Babe Ruth’s career home run record in 1974, died on Jan. 22, 2021 at the age of 86.

Hits: Seventh

Where Miguel Cabrera ranks among the 28 members of the 500-homer club.Where Miguel Cabrera ranks among the 28 members of the 500-homer club.

Where Miguel Cabrera ranks among the 28 members of the 500-homer club.

Cabrera is still in pursuit of hit No. 3,000, though he may not reach it till 2022. When he gets there, he’ll be the seventh player with 3,000 hits and 500 homers. But consider this even more exclusive group: He is one of just four right-handed hitters with 500 homers and multiple batting titles (2011, ’12, ’13, ’15). (Jimmie Foxx (1933, ’38) and Hank Aaron (1956, ’59) are the others.)

Milwaukee Braves player Henry (Hank) Aaron. Date is 8/18/1957.Milwaukee Braves player Henry (Hank) Aaron. Date is 8/18/1957.

Milwaukee Braves player Henry (Hank) Aaron. Date is 8/18/1957.

Doubles: Fifth

Where Miguel Cabrera stands among the 28 members of the 500-home run club.Where Miguel Cabrera stands among the 28 members of the 500-home run club.

Where Miguel Cabrera stands among the 28 members of the 500-home run club.

Pujols’ 81-double lead over Cabrera is the result of his two-year headstart, with 87 doubles after his debut in 2001. Since the start of the 2003 season, no player in baseball has more two-baggers than Cabrera, with Pujols No. 2 at 585 and Robinson Cano — suspended for all of 2021 — in third with 571.

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert PujolsLos Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols

On-base percentage: 13th

Where Miguel Cabrera ranks among the 28 members of the 500-homer club.Where Miguel Cabrera ranks among the 28 members of the 500-homer club.

Where Miguel Cabrera ranks among the 28 members of the 500-homer club.

Cabrera posted an OBP better than .400 in six of his 10 seasons from 2006-15. But that’s no match for Ted Williams, who had 18 career seasons with an OBP above .400, second to one player in MLB history: Tigers outfielder Ty Cobb, who had 19.

Ted Williams, the Boston Red Sox revered "Splendid Splinter,'' was baseball's last .400 hitter.Ted Williams, the Boston Red Sox revered "Splendid Splinter,'' was baseball's last .400 hitter.

Ted Williams, the Boston Red Sox revered “Splendid Splinter,” was baseball’s last .400 hitter.

Slugging: 17th

Where Miguel Cabrera ranks among the 28 members of the 500-homer club.Where Miguel Cabrera ranks among the 28 members of the 500-homer club.

Where Miguel Cabrera ranks among the 28 members of the 500-homer club.

Over the first 14 seasons of his career, Cabrera had 446 homers and a .562 slugging percentage (which would have been good for seventh). But since the start of the 2017 season, Cabrera has slugged just .401. Ruth, too, fell off toward the end; he slugged .431 in his final season, after 17 straight seasons above .500.

Babe Ruth in 1927.Babe Ruth in 1927.

Babe Ruth in 1927.

Strikeouts: Fifth

Where Miguel Cabrera ranks among the 28 members of the 500-homer club.Where Miguel Cabrera ranks among the 28 members of the 500-homer club.

Where Miguel Cabrera ranks among the 28 members of the 500-homer club.

With great power comes great … strikeouts, or at least that seems to be the modern approach — seven of the top 10 on this list played in the 2000s. Cabrera’s season high in whiffs came in his third season, when he struck out 148 times with the Marlins in 2005. Jackson, meanwhile, had a 150-whiff season in three different decades (1968, 1971, 1982).

Reggie Jackson, of the Oakland Athletics, hits a two-run home run in the third inning in the All-Star Game on July 13, 1971 at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. National League pitcher Dock Ellis of the Pittsburgh Pirates was pitching to catcher Johnny Bench, of the Cincinnati Reds.Reggie Jackson, of the Oakland Athletics, hits a two-run home run in the third inning in the All-Star Game on July 13, 1971 at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. National League pitcher Dock Ellis of the Pittsburgh Pirates was pitching to catcher Johnny Bench, of the Cincinnati Reds.

Reggie Jackson, of the Oakland Athletics, hits a two-run home run in the third inning in the All-Star Game on July 13, 1971 at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. National League pitcher Dock Ellis of the Pittsburgh Pirates was pitching to catcher Johnny Bench, of the Cincinnati Reds.

Games/homer: 26th

Where Miguel Cabrera ranks among the 28 members of the 500-homer club.Where Miguel Cabrera ranks among the 28 members of the 500-homer club.

Where Miguel Cabrera ranks among the 28 members of the 500-homer club.

En route to his first 100 homers, Cabrera launched one every 5.3 games. He hit a homer every 4.70 games to go from 100 to 200, every 4.47 games to go from 200 to 300, every 4.09 games to get to 400, and finally slowed to one every 6.96 games to hit 500. McGwire’s splits went from 3.93 games per homer over his first 100 to 2.27 per homer from 400 to 500.

St. Louis Cardinals' Mark McGwire salutes in the direction of the family of the late Roger Maris after hitting his 61st home run of the season in the first inning off Chicago Cubs pitcher Mike Morgan, Monday, Sept. 7, 1998, in St. Louis. The home run tied Roger Maris' major league record of 61 set in 1961.St. Louis Cardinals' Mark McGwire salutes in the direction of the family of the late Roger Maris after hitting his 61st home run of the season in the first inning off Chicago Cubs pitcher Mike Morgan, Monday, Sept. 7, 1998, in St. Louis. The home run tied Roger Maris' major league record of 61 set in 1961.

St. Louis Cardinals’ Mark McGwire salutes in the direction of the family of the late Roger Maris after hitting his 61st home run of the season in the first inning off Chicago Cubs pitcher Mike Morgan, Monday, Sept. 7, 1998, in St. Louis. The home run tied Roger Maris’ major league record of 61 set in 1961.

Contact Ryan Ford at rford@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @theford. Read more on the Detroit Tigers and sign up for our Tigers newsletter.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: How Miguel Cabrera stacks up with other 500-homer hitters

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