DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera celebrated his 31st birthday on Friday by playing against Albert Pujols, one of the players he followed during his younger days coming up. Baseball celebrated Cabrera's birthday by noting his historic statistical pace.
As ESPN Stats and Information tweeted, Cabrera's .320 career average, 366 home runs and 796 extra-base hits are the same numbers Hank Aaron had at the time he turned 31. Cabrera posted his numbers having played 16 more games, but Aaron actually had more playing time, posting his numbers in 39 more plate appearances.
Whether this puts Cabera on a historic pace depends on how he ages. Aaron had as many 40-homer seasons after his 31st birthday as he had before. His slugging percentage only dropped slightly after turning 31, from .967 before to .940.
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