While the Tigers were busy sweeping a doubleheader from Cleveland for the first time in living memory, Miguel Cabrera put another exclamation point on an outstanding career, drilling a fastball over the wall in right center field in game two for his 494th home run.
In the process, Cabrera left Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff behind, seizing the 28th all-time position for his own, but the next move will take some time. To catch Orioles great Eddie Murray, Cabrera will need another 10 home runs. Gary Sheffield lurks beyond at 509. All of that will probably have to wait for 2022.
The victim was right hander Nick Wittgren. Cabrera saw a first pitch fastball down in the zone. The 0-1 was up, out over the plate, and he hit a classic Miguel Cabrera shot to right field. The ball left the bat at 105 mph, traveling 383 feet.
Cabrera’s hot streak may not last, but he’s actually had a very productive June at the plate. After the bicep issue early in the season, and a lack of hard contact in the air, things weren’t looking great, but he’s swinging the bat much better. The odds of him reaching 500 with half the season remaining seems pretty good right about now.
Miguel Cabrera is hitting .333/.360/.488 this June. He’s not walking and his BABIP is like .450, but I’ll take it.— Chris Brown (@ChrisBrown0914) July 1, 2021