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Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols have been selected to the 2022 MLB All-Star Game.
This news comes as little surprise after Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that there is a new clause in the CBA allowing two legends to be voted into the ASG by Manfred himself as “legacy picks”.
There are a total of three players in MLB history to record 3,000 hits, 500 home runs and 600 doubles in their careers. Miggy and Albert represent two of them, with the third being arguably the greatest baseball player of all-time, Hank Aaron (H/T to Bob Nightengale for the fun fact).
With this year being Pujols’ last in the major leagues, he was a no-brainer to make the NL squad representing the Cardinals.
Cabrera, Major League Baseball’s most recent Triple Crown winner, notched his 3,000th hit in April and is one of the most fearsome right-handed bats of this generation. He was another no-brainer to make the AL squad with the legacy pick.
Miggy and Pujols have made the All-Star Game and the fans love it
Albert Pujols, 42, will be making his 11th appearance in the MLB All-Star Game in what is the last season of his incredible 22-year career. He is the active leader in games played, at-bats, runs, hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, walks and total bases.
“The Machine” saw a decline in his performance once he joined the Los Angeles Angels back in 2012 and spent half a season with the Dodgers last year, but he is now back home where he belongs with the Cardinals. Getting the ASG nod is the perfect sendoff for one of the best to ever do it.
In 45 games this year with the Cardinals, Pujols has been used as a bench bat and occasional DH against left-handed pitching. He has four home runs and 18 RBI and an OPS+ of just 80.
Miguel Cabrera, 39, has yet to set any retirement plans in stone, but he is also nearing the end of his playing days. Miggy is in the midst of his 20th-career big league season and is actually putting up numbers that could conceivably have landed him in the ASG (for the 12th time in his career) as the lone Tigers representative already.
Through 70 games on the season, Cabrera is experiencing a bit of a power outage (just three home runs in 270+ plate appearances) but has 31 RBI and a 108 OPS+ paired with a .308 batting average, his highest since 2016. With the Tigers struggling, a strong late-career performance by Miggy is most welcomed.