Miggy has certainly made Venezuela proud

Tigers slugger will likely go down as country's all-time greatest player

Miggy has certainly made Venezuela proud

Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Tigers
Hometown: Maracay, Venezuela

Venezuela has long been a baseball hotbed, with dozens of players not only starring, but dominating in the Major Leagues.

Miguel Cabrera, the two-time reigning American League Most Valuable Player Award winner, is well on his way to being the best.

"I know my country was watching and I appreciate all of the support," Cabrera told MLB.com in October 2012 after becoming the 12th player since 1900 to win the Triple Crown. "This is a special moment for all us, not just a personal moment. It's an emotional day for all of us. I still can't believe it happened."

Cabrera, 31, already has more than 2,000 hits, nearly 400 home runs and a career average of well over .300. But he hasn't forgotten his roots, and he's been a key charitable contributor to the Detroit area since joining the Tigers before the 2008 season.

He was named the Tigers' nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award in 2012 and 2013.

Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.