MINNEAPOLIS -- Miguel Cabrera not only became the first player in the Major Leagues this season to eclipse the 100-RBI mark on Tuesday, he also became the third Tiger to do so in three straight seasons.
Cabrera joins Harry Heilmann, who knocked in 100-plus from 1923-29, and Charlie Gehringer, who did it from 1932-36. The 29-year-old has driven in more than 100 runs in nine straight seasons overall, also accomplishing the feat in each of his final four seasons with the Marlins.
Manager Jim Leyland isn't jaded by what has seemingly become automatic production from Cabrera every year.
"I marvel at him all the time," Leyland said. "I probably don't brag on him as much as I should. This guy's just -- I don't really know what kind of adjectives to describe him. He's so talented, so gifted, so strong."
Leyland pointed toward mechanics as the reason for Cabrera's consistent success.
"He's not a muscle hitter," Leyland said. "He has nice elasticity in his swing, and fluid. Just a great swing. I definitely think he's the best all-around hitter in the American League, without question."
Cabrera added to his success in the first inning on Wednesday, hitting a solo homer to become the first Tigers player to hit at least 30 long balls in five straight years.
"I won't be around here to see it, but he'll have five more with 100 [RBIs], unless he gets hurt," Leyland said. "That's going to go on for a while yet. He's a terrific hitter. He can hit the ball 450-500 feet. And he can hit it over the first baseman's head or down the left-field line."