Cabrera joins ranks of great Tiger sluggers

Over the weekend, Miguel Cabrera socked his 40th home run. With his league-leading 120 RBIs, he’s become the first Tiger since Cecil Fielder to reach 40 home runs and 120 RBIs in back to back seasons and just the third Tiger ever to accomplish that feat. You’d have to go back to the late 1930s to find the last Detroit player to reach those numbers in consecutive seasons before Fielder. Who was it? Hammerin’ Hank Greenberg (who hit 40/120 four times in total).

MLB.com reports that Cabrera’s 40th home run of the season also ties him with Joe DiMaggio on the all-time list at 361. As Cabrera keeps working his way up the list, the next Tigers slugger he stands to pass is Norm Cash, who hit 377 in his career. Cabrera already has more career home runs than Greenberg’s 331, though not as many in a Tigers uniform and slightly fewer per at bat.

And, lest we forget, Hank served 4 years in the military in the prime of his career. After leading the league in 1940 in home runs, RBIs and doubles (41, 150 and 50) Hank left shortly after the start of the 1941 season to serve in World War II.

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