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Miguel Cabrera

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Miguel Cabrera Major League Baseball

Vital Statistics:

Born: April 18, 1983

Hometown: Maracay, Venezuela

Height: 6-4

Weight: 240

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

Family: Wife, Rosangel; daughter also named Rosangel

Primary position: Third base

Before The Bigs:

  • Signed as an undrafted free agent in July 1999 at age 16 by the Florida Marlins.
  • Played shortstop in the low minors and moved to third base at Single-A Jupiter, where he drove in 74 runs in 2002.
  • Had his breakthrough season in 2003 at Double-A Carolina, where he hit .365 with 10 home runs before being called up to the Marlins on June 20, 2003.

Career Highlights:

  • Hit a game-winning home run in his first big-league game.
  • Splitting time between third base and left field, he hit .268 with 12 HRand 62 RBI in 2003.
  • Hit four postseason home runs, including one against Roger Clemens in Game 4 of the World Series, as the Marlins won their second championship.
  • Was selected to the NL All-Star team as an outfielder at age 21 in 2004, when he hit .294 with 33 HR and 112 RBIs.
  • Moving to left field in 2005, he hit .323 with 33 home runs and 116 RBIs.
  • Back at third base in 2006, he hit a career-best .339 with 26 home runs.
  • Youngest player in MLB history to compile back-to-back 30 HR seasons.
  • Set career highs in home runs (34) and RBI (119) in 2007.
  • Drove in more than 100 runs and made four consecutive NL all-star teams from 2004-07.
  • Traded to the Detroit Tigers with pitcher Dontrelle Willis for six prospects in December 2007.
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