Could Dynamic Detroit Tigers Trio Pull off Rare Feat in 2013?

James MorisetteCorrespondent IIIJanuary 28, 2013

DETROIT, MI - JULY 21: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates a 7-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox with Prince Fielder #28 at Comerica Park on July 21, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Detroit Tigers have a rich history of teammates who have each busted the 200-hit mark in a single season.

If the stars align just right for Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez this MLB campaign, the trio of dynamic hitters may very well do the same.

Still just 29, Cabrera has already barreled past the 200-hit mark in his career. He did this in 2012, when he amassed 205 hits en route to the Triple Crown.

A brilliant opposite-field hitter, Cabrera has also completed a season with 195 hits or more four times in nine years of MLB service (2005, 2006, 2009 and 2011).

Cabrera has finished all but two seasons in his career with 180 hits or more. The last time the superstar finished a year with less than 180 hits was in 2004, while with the Florida Marlins. 

With Fielder batting behind Cabrera for the foreseeable future, there is no reason to believe Cabrera cannot garner 200 hits again in 2013. 

Now that a healthy Victor Martinez has returned to the fifth spot in Detroit's lineup, there is also strong reason to believe Fielder can also reach 200 hits this season.

Fresh off a career year in hits (182) and batting average (.313) in 2012, Fielder is still working to master the art of hitting the opposite way.

While Fielder still has the habit of pulling a squib into the shift, he has nonetheless begun to learn to use all realms of spacious Comerica Park.

Fielder’s bat may also forge a domino effect for Martinez. The 34-year-old is the dark horse of this trio and could feed off Cabrera and Fielder to reach the 200-hit mark.

The most hits Martinez has gotten in a single season was 181. This occurred in 2006, while Martinez was a member of the Cleveland Indians.

Martinez has also gotten 178 hits two separate times in his career, the last being with the Tigers in 2011.

Barring injury, Martinez getting a few more fastballs here and a few lucky bounces there may help him get those extra 20 hits or so to get over the hump.

Now, as baseball fans it is perfectly natural to be skeptical about Cabrera, Fielder and Martinez pulling off this special feat. 

But even if two of three Tigers’ teammates reached the 200-hit mark, that would place them in rare company.

Per, just 66 pairs of major league players have achieved this feat since 1900. The majority of this occurred prior to World War II. 

Should all three Tigers earn 200 hits, they would become the third trio in Tigers history to do so.

Combine this feat with back-to-back Triple Crown winners (by Cabrera and Justin Verlander), and this team will have the makings of a very historic decade.