DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera has one weekend left to slug his way further up the first-half records list. With his 30th home run of the year Thursday, he already put himself in unprecedented territory.
No one in Major League history had the combination of 30 home runs and 90 RBIs by the All-Star break until Cabrera hit his 30th. However, there's a catch. Jimmie Foxx had 30 homers and 93 RBIs by the 80-game mark in 1932, the year before the first All-Star Game. He ended with 58 homers and 169 RBIs.
Cabrera is the 35th player to reach the 30-homer mark by the break since 1933. The previous high RBI total for that group was 87, matched by four players (Albert Pujols in 2009, David Ortiz in '06, Mark McGwire in 1998 and Willie Stargell in 1971).
Two previous players to top the 90-RBI mark by the break had 29 home runs. Tony Perez and George Foster each had 29 homers and 90 RBIs at the break with the '70 and '77 Reds, respectively.
Cabrera, meanwhile, has two games left and five RBIs to go to try to become the third player ever to hit the century mark by the break. His 95th RBI, which he earned on a sacrifice fly in the second inning of Friday's game against the Rangers, tied Josh Hamilton ('08 Rangers) for fifth on the list. Hank Greenberg had 103 RBIs before the break in 1935 and Juan Gonzalez had 101 in 1998.
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.Less