Detroit to honor Miguel Cabrera for his 500th home run

Detroit to honor Miguel Cabrera for his 500th home run

The Detroit Tigers will celebrate on Friday the feat of Venezuelan Miguel Cabrera, who this year joined the exclusive group of hitters with 500 home runs in the US Major Leagues.

The American League team said Wednesday that it will hold a special ceremony for Cabrera and his family on Friday, before the first game of a series at Comerica Park against the Kansas City Royals.

On “Miguel Cabrera Celebration Day,” the first 10,000 fans to enter the stadium will receive a comic-book cover showing the Venezuelan slugger hitting his 500th home run.

“We are thrilled that the best baseball fans have the opportunity to celebrate Miguel Cabrera joining the iconic 500 home run club to kick off the fan appreciation weekend,” said Ellen Hill Zeringue, vice president of marketing for the Tigers.

“We will have a unique gift for fans, special guests and the stadium will be dressed to honor one of the greatest players who has ever worn the old English ‘D’,” added the executive.

Cabrera, a two-time AL MVP and the only major league player with a triple batting crown in more than half a century, hit his 500th home run on August 22 in Toronto, becoming the 28th baseball player in Toronto. that illustrious list.

A future Hall of Famer, Cabrera is the first Venezuelan native and the first to hit 500 home runs in a Detroit uniform. In addition, Cabrera became the sixth player born outside the United States to reach 500 home runs, joining the Dominicans Albert Pujols, Sammy Sosa, Manny Ramírez and David Ortiz and the Cuban Rafael Palmeiro. Dominican American Alex Rodríguez, the Latino with the most home runs in history, was born in New York.

Cabrera was recently nominated by the Tigers as the franchise representative for the Roberto Clemente Award, baseball’s most prestigious individual honor for off-the-field actions.

During Friday’s ceremony, Cabrera will be accompanied by his family and Tigers executives; Christopher Ilitch, President and CEO; Al Ávila, executive vice president and general manager, former leader Jim Leyland, among others.

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