It’s tempest in a teapot time. Miguel Cabrera got intentionally walked in today’s game between the Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees, which the Tigers won 3-0. It was the bottom of the eighth. Two men were on. It would be Cabrera’s last plate appearance of the day. Yankees skipper Aaron Boone ordered an intentional walk, loading the bases but setting up a lefty vs lefty matchup with Austin Meadows coming up next and Lucas Luetge on the mound with the score 1-0. It did not work as Meadows promptly doubled in two runs.
After the game, Boone had to defend not giving Cabrera a shot at hit 3000 today. It’s silly on a number of levels. First, Cabrera had three at bats earlier in the game and went 0-3. The Yankees did not somehow owe him another shot. Second, it was a 1-0 that the Yankees were trying to win. Luetge in his career has much better numbers against left handed hitters than right, and Meadows doesn’t hit as well agains lefty pitchers—although the batting average split isn’t huge. Third, it’s April 20…Cabrera is getting #3000 soon enough…probably this weekend. It’s not even like he’s been denied getting the mark in front of the home fans; the Tigers are at home for the weekend too.
Anyway, he’s about to be the 33rd member of the 3000 hit club, 7th Latino, 1st Venezuelan, and 7th with both 3000 hits and 500 homers.