Detroit Tigers: Miguel Cabrera gets his shot at no. 500 at home

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The Detroit Tigers are looking to eclipse the .500 mark in the 2021 season, but right now, the focus is on something greater. Future Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera is still chasing the elusive 500th home run, but he’s on the verge of greatness.

Currently, at 499 career home runs after a big fly against the Baltimore Orioles, the Detroit Tigers veteran is going to get a unique opportunity to break the 500th home run milestone in front of a home crowd at Comerica Park. In a last-minute decision, Tigers skipper A.J. Hinch opted to sit Cabrera in the last game of the team’s series with the Orioles.

Cabrera was slated to play, but extreme heat and rain delays earlier in the series led Hinch to change his verdict, giving Cabrera a day to rest up. That being said, he will be coming back to Detroit with hopes to finally reach his milestone.

It’s been a long road for Miggy, and now that he’s knocking on the door of number 500, it’s fun to look back on things. Cabrera has come a long way from his early days, but he’s still that “kid” at heart who keeps the clubhouse energy good.

Detroit Tigers’ first baseman Miguel Cabrera is chasing no. 500 at home.

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In 2021, Cabrera has logged 90 games where he’s slashed .255/.315/.392 with 12 home runs and 51 total RBI.

While his home run total sits at 499, his career hit number stands at 2,950, which leaves him just 50 knocks shy of the elusive 3,000.

As it stands, the race to 500 total home runs may not even be the end of Cabrera’s historical greatness.

He’s certainly going to soak it all in, but other than that, it seems that Cabrera has still been able to help some of the younger guys start adjusting to the big leagues.

Now, as he is about to make history, the attention can shift to Cabrera and his milestone. He’s got six opportunities to break the 500-threshold at home. The Tigers have a three-game set against the Cleveland Indians, followed by another three games against the Los Angeles Angels.

It’s the perfect opportunity for Cabrera. An (ideally) packed house at Comerica Park, a re-enthused Tigers fanbase, and a great place to make history. While it may be tougher for Cabrera to go yard in Comerica than Camden Yards, the Tigers have a great opportunity ahead of them.

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For the time being, the Tigers faithful should soak it all in as Cabrera goes for his 500th home run.