DETROIT -- Ten years ago Thursday, Miguel Cabrera stepped to the plate in Miami against Tampa Bay reliever Al Levine and gave the Marlins a walk-off victory with a two-run home run in the 11th inning. It was his first Major League hit in his first big league game.
A decade, 1,901 hits and 339 home runs later, he has fulfilled the promise -- and then some -- that the Marlins' organization saw from him when they brought him up at age 20.
Cabrera won a World Series ring as a rookie that fall. He finally returned to the Fall Classic last October.
Cabrera's 10th anniversary had some contractual impact. As a player with 10 years of service time, the last five years with the same club, he has full no-trade rights. The way he's playing at this point in his career, he doesn't appear likely to need that anytime soon.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. Bobby Nightengale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.