JockBio Vital Stats
  • Detroit Tigers • First Base/Third Base • #24
  • Height: 6' 4"
• Weight: 240 • Born: 4/18/83
  • When Miguel was invited to play in the Futures Games in 2001, he became the youngest player to get the nod. The record holder before him was Rafael Furcal, who was six weeks shy of his 19th birthday in the 1999 contest.
  • Miguel was just the third player since 1900 to hit a game-winning home run in his big-league debut. The other two were Josh Bard in 2002 and Billy Parker in 1971.
  • At 20 years and 63 days, Miguel became the second-youngest Marlin in franchise history, behind Felix Heredia (20 years, 52 days).
  • Miguel’s four-hit performance against the San Francisco Giants in the 2003 NLDS matched the record for hits by a rookie in a postseason game. The others to accomplish this feat were Derek Jeter (1996 ), Chad Fonville (1995), Joe Garagiola (1946) and Freddie Lindstrom (1924).
  • Miguel had his first three-homer game against the Oakland A¹s in 2010.
  • In 2011, Miguel became the first Tiger since Norm Cash and Rocky Colavito in 1961 to reach triple-digits in RBIs, walks and runs scored.
  • Miguel collected his 1,500th career hit in 2011. He notched his 1,000th RBI in 2012. He is only one of a handful of players to reach 1,000 before his 30th birthday.
  • Miguel is one of only two Venezuelans to hit 300 homers. Andres Galarraga is the current record-holder, with 399.
  • Miguel¹s five consecutive 30-homer seasons broke a Detroit record shared by Hank Greenberg and Cecil Fielder.
  • Miguel joined Detroit teammates Carlos Guillen, Armando Galarraga and Magglio Ordonez on Venezuela’s 2009 World Baseball Classic squad. They lost to South Korea in the semifinals.
  • In 2012, Miguel launched The Miguel Cabrera Foundation. It raises money for a umber of children¹s charities.
  • Miguel still has bobblehead dolls of Jeff Conine and Craig Counsell from Florida’s 1997 championship team.
  • When Miguel tapes his wrists, he writes the word “sangre” on the tape. Sangre means blood in Spanish, and that’s what Miguel says he plays for.
  • Miguel gave himself a crash course in English since arriving in the majors and can now hold his own without a translator.
  • Miguel and Rosangel renewed their vows after the 2003 World Series in what amounted to a royal wedding for Venezuelans. A Maracay newspaper ran a picture of him with Dave Concepcion and captioned it, “King David and Prince Miguel.”
  • Miguel’s favorite restaurant back home in Venezuela is Weekend Burger.
  • Miguel and Rosangel have two girls and a boy. They also have a Yorkshire terrier named La Cosita, which means “Little Thing.” The dog has at least 12 shirts in its wardrobe.
  • When he was a kid, Miguel’s favorite stuffed animal was Winnie the Pooh.
  • Miguel likes to watch soap operas back in Venezuela. His favorite is “Cosita Rica” (Little Rich Thing).
  • In a 2006 Los Angeles Times article, Miguel was identified as one of several major leaguers who are ardent followers of the Santeria religion.

 


 

 


Rafael Furcal,
2002 Topps Heritage

 

 


Joe Garagiola book


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