October 6, 2022

Still producing late in career

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With his 0-for-4 performance against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, Detroit Tigers designated hitter Miguel Cabrera dropped his batting average this season to .291.

Cabrera has been flirting with hitting .300 all season — his average topped out at .326 on April 23, as he picked up career hit No. 3,000, then fell as low as .247 a couple weeks later — as he chases a milestone for the ages … or, more accurately, one for the aged.

Tigers designated hitter Miguel Cabrera watches his double off Orioles pitcher Jordan Lyles during the third inning on Friday, May 13, 2022, at Comerica Park. Cabrera reached 602 career doubles, passing Barry Bonds for 17th all-time.

Though there’s nearly two-thirds of the season remaining, Cabrera has a shot at becoming just the 16th player to top .300 in his age-39 season while qualifying for the batting title. It’s a rare enough feat that no Tiger has done it — not even Ty Cobb. (Although Cobb hit .339 at age 39 in 1926, his final year with the Tigers, it was in only 79 games, well short of the 100 games then needed to qualify. The highest batting average by a Tiger who qualified for the title in his age-39 season belongs to Doc Cramer, who hit .275 in 1945.)





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