José Miguel Cabrera Torres is a Venezuelan infielder that plays for the Detroit Tigers. Best known as Miguel Cabrera, he has managed to be voted the American League MVP for two seasons in a row (2012 and 2013) and also has won the Triple Crown in batting in 2012.
Cabrera debuted in the MLB with the Florida Marlins (currently Miami Marlins) in 2003. In his very first game, he hit a game-winning home run, becoming the third player ever to reach such achievement, after Billy Parker (1971) and Josh Bard (2002). That same season, Cabrera was instrumental in the victory against the NY Yankees in the World Series and imposed a new mark for newbies with 12 runs batted. Back in Venezuela, the 2003-2004 season was also great for Cabrera, who was a key to his team Tigres de Aragua in its reconquering of the title after 27 years.
The Maracay-born became in September 2007 the third youngest player to reach 500 RBI at the age of 24. “El Tigre Mayor”, as they call him, is definitely a man of records. He is one of the 14 players who have overpassed 100 RBI in more than four seasons in a row with a career of less than 5 years in the Majors. In April 7th, 2012, the Venezuelan slugger reached 1,000 RBI, turning out the youngest player to achieve such a record, only behind Alex Rodriguez.
Shortly afterwards, in July 2nd, 2012, Cabrera hit two homers against the New York Yankees to become the second Venezuelan to reach 300 HR. Later, in August 14th, 2012, the Venezuelan star made history by boosting his 100th RBI, achieving his 9th consecutive season overpassing the hundred RBI before being 30 years old.
Only one day later, Miguel Cabrera connects his 30-homer of the season and reaches an 8th consecutive season with 30 or more home runs before the age of 30 years. Also in 2012, Miguel Cabrera won the batting Triple Crown, an accomplishment not seen since 1967. In 2013, Cabrera succeed for the third time as the batting champion in the American League, featuring an average of .348, the highest since 1970. He also finished second in home runs and RBI and was recognized as the Most Valuable Player of AL, for second year in a row.