Miggy's doubles put him in rare company

Third Tigers player with 50 doubles, 20 homers and 100 RBIs

Miggy's doubles put him in rare company

DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera's drop in home runs this season has had a flip side: He's all but certain to set a career high in doubles, and put together a combination that rivals the best in Tigers history.

Cabrera's drive to the fence in left-center field on Monday night was his 50th of the season, matching his career high with the Marlins in 2006. He became the first Tigers player with a 50-double season since fellow Venezuela Magglio Ordonez hit 54 in 2007.

He then doubled in his first at-bat Tuesday night against Scott Carroll for No. 51.

Add in Cabrera's 23 home runs and 104 RBIs, and he's just the third player in club history with 50 doubles, 20 homers and 100 RBIs in the same season. Hank Greenberg did it in 1934 and 1940. Ordonez did so in 2007.

Cabrera's home runs -- or the relative scarcity of them this season -- have always gotten more attention than his doubles. However, his 463 career doubles are second-most in Major League history for a player through his age-31 season, according to MLB Public Relations.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.