One of the greatest members of the Miami Marlins organization (at the time Florida Marlins) in Miguel Cabrera made history recently by hitting his 500th career home run. A milestone that only includes 27 other players in MLB history, Cabrera now joins the names of baseball legends including Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Albert Pujols, and more.
Cabrera’s legendary career began with the at-the-time Florida Marlins back in 2003 when the Marlins were looking to change their fortunes that had them sitting at 36-39 at the time. To do that, the Marlins called up the then 20-year-old Cabrera, one of the best prospects the franchise has ever had. The Marlins instantly knew that Cabrera was special as the team would go 55-32 making the postseason after the call-up.
The Marlins would make the postseason as the Wild Card team for the National League, and ended up winning the World Series against the favored Yankees that had multiple future Hall of Famers.
Cabrera was a major factor in helping the Marlins win it all. In his rookie season, he slashed .268/.325/.468 in the regular season, and in the postseason showed tremendous mettle, especially in the NLCS. In the NLCS alone, Cabrera had a .633 slugging percentage with three home runs in 7 games.
Miguel Cabrera hit many special home runs with the Miami Marlins (Florida Marlins)
Even at such a young age, you saw the game of an all-time great player in Cabrera. He only played five years with the Marlins, but they were good enough to make him arguably the greatest player the franchise has ever had.
When he left the Marlins, he had three of the five best home run seasons any player has had in a Florida/Miami Marlins uniform. Cabrera has hit the fifth most home runs in team history with 138, and likely does not reach 500 without his Marlins career.
Some of Cabrera’s most iconic home runs came with the word “Marlins” across his chest. This list will countdown the five best home runs Cabrera hit while playing with the franchise that started it all.