Miguel Cabrera and Rich Hill face off in MLB's oldest foot race
Miguel Cabrera and Rich Hill might be two of the five oldest players in MLB, but they still sometimes have to run like any of their younger counterparts.
The Detroit Tigers hitter and Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher found themselves in a foot race with a combined age of 83 (and a combined weight of 488 pounds) on Wednesday, when a Cabrera grounder to first base in the second inning meant Hill had to run over and cover first.
It became a question of who would reach the base first, with Hill winning the entertaining race while catching a toss from Carlos Santana. Hill and Cabrera exchanged some quick words and pats after the play, while the sparse Detroit crowd audibly disagreed with the call.
Miggy vs. Rich Hill: race to the bag!
And the winner is ... 👀 pic.twitter.com/ikOmvZiyBS
— MLB (@MLB) May 17, 2023
At 43 years, 67 days old, Hill is the oldest player in MLB and on his 12th team. Cabrera, himself sitting at 40 years, 29 days, ranks fifth in age in MLB, behind Hill, Nelson Cruz (42 years, 320 days), Adam Wainwright (41 years, 260 days) and Justin Verlander (40 years, 86 days).
Santana is 37 years, 39 days old, making this a very old play overall.
That play was only one out in a dominant outing by Hill, who finished an 8-0 Pirates win with six scoreless innings, seven strikeouts, two walks and only one hit allowed. The ageless wonder holds a 3.80 ERA, a 4-3 record and 43 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings across nine starts for the 23-20 Pirates.
Like seven of his fellow starters, Cabrera finished the game hitless at 0-for-3. It has been a rough season for him, with his batting average sitting at .182.