With Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera joining the exclusive 500 home run club, the star is working with his baseball club to ensure that memorabilia related to the landmark game will be spread over three games, with some items available for them. fans.
Cabrera, 38, became the 28th MLB player to reach the 500 homers on Sunday with a sixth round shot center-right in the Tigers game in Toronto.
Once the quest for the 500 is finally accomplished, Cabrera will decide which items he wants to keep for himself; the National Baseball Hall of Fame will request coins for its museum; and the last of the items will be auctioned through the team’s memorabilia branch, Tigers Authentics.
Possible selections for fans include bats, jerseys, baseballs, caps, helmets and cleats used for the game and issued by the team. Cabrera chose to partner with the Tigers instead of a third-party distributor for the auction. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Tigers Foundation, which will invest the money in youth baseball and softball programs in the local community.
“We wanted to keep this authentic for Miguel and keep it somewhere he found his happiness,” said Jason Spector, vice president of marketing for ISE Baseball, who brokered the deal for Cabrera. “And he is extremely happy with the organization of the Tigers.”
Prices will be determined based on the auction market, Spector said, noting that some items have already been made available to fans for purchase from this year’s opening day when Cabrera hit a hit. circuit. These include his jersey worn by the game and the autographed bat used by the game. Once the bat was authenticated and auctioned, it sold for over $ 10,000.
The partnership between Cabrera and the Tigers would be the second of its kind, the other between Pete Alonso and the New York Mets.
“Miguel has great respect for the history of baseball,” Jordan Field, director of player relations and Tigers Authentics, said in a statement. “This partnership helps protect his career story, not only for himself, but also for the archives of our team, the National Baseball Hall of Fame, fans and collectors. By working exclusively with Tigers Authentics on his used items in-game and autographed, this helps ensure that items will be collected, authenticated and protected in the right way.