Cabrera earns co-NL Player of the Week

Cabrera earns co-NL Player of the Week

As third baseman Miguel Cabrera goes, so go the Marlins.

Cabrera, who was 9-for-22 (.409) with two doubles and three home runs in six games last week, has been the catalyst to his club's resurgence in the Wild Card race.

All is well for Cabrera individually, as well, because he was named a National League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for his efforts during the week ending Aug. 27. He shares the weekly honor with Giants left-hander Noah Lowry.

"I congratulated Miguel," Marlins manager Joe Girardi said. "I'd like to know what Noah Lowry did, he must have had a great week. Miguel is having an unbelievable month."

For Cabrera, last week included a couple of personal milestones along with that seven-game winning streak, which the Marlins attempt to stretch to a season-high eight games on Monday night against the Brewers.

Cabrera made his biggest headline of last week on Aug. 23, when he hammered his 100th career home run to left off Nationals reliever Chris Schroder at Dolphin Stadium. The homer was Cabrera's second of the game, and it marked his seventh career multihomer game.

His 100th is even more special because Cabrera connected on it before turning 24.

That's right. Cabrera, who's only 23, became the sixth-youngest player in history to hit No. 100. Only Hall of Famer Mel Ott (22 years, 132 days), Tony Conigliaro (22 years, 197 days), Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews (22 years, 292 days), Alex Rodriguez (23 years, 16 days) and Andruw Jones (23 years, 62 days) accomplished the feat quicker than Cabrera (23 years, 127 days).

"Those are some big names," Cabrera said. "When you hear those names, it makes you feel good."

No names now stand above Cabrera's for the Marlins single-month RBI record. Entering Monday's game, he already has a record 31 in August, including nine RBIs just last week.

Cabrera is also closing in on the club's single-season doubles record, which belongs to Cliff Floyd with 45. Cabrera already has a career-high 44 doubles, and he's a close second to Pirates second baseman Freddy Sanchez for the league batting title with a .340 mark.

"He's just a great player, no doubt about it," Girardi said. "He's been a great hitter since he came up in 2003."

The Player of the Week honor, Cabrera's second in two seasons, is another reminder of that.

"It's special because there are so many good players, and it means you get your name recognized for having a good week," said Cabrera, who's a strong candidate for NL Player of the Month honors. "I just want to finish strong."

Kevin Yanik is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.