Entering Wednesday's game against the Boston Red Sox, outfielder Melky Cabrera of the Toronto Blue Jays found himself just three RBI short of 500 total on his career.
Cabrera came up with the New York Yankees, where he collected 228 of his 497 RBI spread across four major league seasons. He's since served in one-year stints with the Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants before landing in Toronto.
The 29-year-old made his first and only All-Star Game appearance in 2012 with the Giants, after slashing .353/.391/.519 with 55 runs, 44 RBI and 10 steals in the first half. However, his season was cut short when he was handed a 50-game suspension by Major League Baseball in August of that year after testing positive for a banned substance.
The positive test didn't deter the Blue Jays from signing Cabrera to a two-year, $16 million contract the following November.
After various injuries limited the Melk Man to just 88 games in 2013, he's so far put together a solid comeback effort in 2014. After Wednesday's contest, the 29-year-old owns an .818 OPS to go with 60 runs scored and 50 RBI. Consistency has certainly helped his case, as Cabrera has started 96 of 102 games in left field for the Blue Jays this season.
So far, his contract year is on pace to be one of his best, as Cabrera needs just six home runs and 21 more doubles to match career highs. As the primary No. 2 hitter for the Jays, he should have plenty of opportunities to reach these personal milestones while continuing to add to his career marks.
All stats courtesy of MLB.com.
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