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Cabrera could be the last for a while to reach 3,000 hits

Miguel Cabrera hit the 3,000-hit mark on a weekend afternoon in front of an adoring crowd at his Detroit baseball stadium. It was a milestone.

It may also be the last time this has happened for a while.

In an era of high total hits and low batting averages, no other player seems likely to reach 3,000 hits soon. In fact, the first few weeks of this season are a reminder of how current baseball trends can affect the milestones that are within the reach of the best players in the game.

Among the active players, the next man on the list of career hits is Robinson Cano with 2,631. Canoe had a good season for the New York Mets in the reduced 2020 season, but missed the entire 2021 season by serving a drug suspension. Cano turns 40 in October.

José Altuve, 31 (1,783 hits), could have had one shot, but the Houston Astros star hasn’t even reached 170 in a season since 2017. That was also the last time who has played more than 146 games, and Altuve has just entered the injured list with a hamstring problem.

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Part of what helped Cabrera reach his milestone was that he reached the big leagues at the age of 20. The same thing happened with Tampa Bay star Wander Franco last year. He has 103 hits in his first 85 games, but even if Franco has a career in the Hall of Fame, it will obviously be some time before he has a chance to threaten with a milestone like 3,000 hits.

The picture is a little better for a power mark like 500 home runs. Nelson Cruz is 451, and although he has started to slow down this year, don’t rule out the 41-year-old Washington Nationals hitter. By the end of the 2008 season, Cruz was 28 years old and had only 22 homers in his career, so the fact that he is close to 500 shows how well he continued to beat them at an advanced age.

For the pitchers, the 300-win plateau seems like a dream today, and even the punch milestones aren’t a sure thing, as the first starters don’t throw as many innings as in the past. Max Scherzer of the Mets and Justin Verlander of the Astros, however, have already surpassed 3,000 strikeouts. Scherzer, 37, is the younger of the two. Last year he pulled out 236 for the Dodgers, and is now at 3,043 for his career.

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It can be a lot to ask Scherzer to reach 4,000, which only four pitchers did, but 3,500 could be realistic, and that would place him in the top 10 of all time.

TRIVIA TIME

Who are the four pitchers who hit the 4,000 strikeouts?

LINE OF THE WEEK

The Seattle Mariners’ Ty France had five hits, including a three-run homer, in a 13-7 loss to Kansas City on Saturday night. France, who took five runs, had the first game of five hits for a Mariners player since 2018.

RETURN OF THE WEEK

The Rays and Red Socks went through some emotional changes on Saturday night. Tampa Bay had no Boston hits for nine innings, but the game went goalless until the tenth, when Bobby Dalbec started with a triple driven for the Red Sox and scored with a sacrifice fly. After two consecutive strikeouts by the Rays to start the end of the inning, Trevor Story’s throwing error gave Tampa Bay a run and kept the game going. Kevin Kiermaier followed up with a two-run homer to give the Rays a 3-2 victory.

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TRIVIA ANSWER

Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens and Steve Carlton.

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