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Miguel Cabrera: First player ever with 30 homers and 90 RBIs before All-Star break

Mike Oz
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You don't need me to tell you that Miguel Cabrera is extraordinarily good at hitting baseballs. He won a Triple Crown last season, duh. But with a solo home run in Thursday's game, Cabrera hit another offensive landmark, one that's cool because it's something nobody had ever done before. Not Ted Williams. Not Barry Bonds. Not even Yasiel Puig.

The homer was Cabrera's 30th of the season, and it earned his 94th RBI. No player, according to STATS, has ever hit 30 home runs before the All-Star break with 90 RBIs. The closest to the mark: Tony Perez in 1970 and George Foster in 1977, both with 29 and 90.

Thirty homers and 100 RBIs — that's a great season for many other players. For Miguel Cabrera, the amazing 2013 version, it's a good start. Worth a mention: Chris Davis, who hit his 34th homer and 86th RBI on Thursday, has a chance to reach 30/90 too.

With Cabrera, it's entirely possible that he'll reach 30 homers and 100 RBIs before baseball's breather, which is insane. Only two players — Juan Gonzalez in 1998 and Hank Greenberg in 1935 — have hit the 100-RBI threshold before the All-Star break.

It should be noted that the date of the All-Star break changes every year. Sometimes, it's July 6, sometimes it's July 16 — not to mention that we didn't have an All-Star Game before 1933. So take it all with a grain of salt when we talk about records. However, that doesn't mean we can't acknowledge that Cabrera is beastly at the plate.

Here's another fun Miguel Cabrera-is-good tidbit from the folks at STATS:

It's like he's playing a video game.

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