As for his influences, Cabrera said he’s always looked up to Venezuelan major leaguer Dave Concepcion, who played with the Cincinnati Reds’ ‘‘Big Red Machine’’ when the club won the World Series in 1975 and 1976. ‘‘He’s always been an example as a person and as a player,’’ Cabrera said.
Some Venezuelans say they hope that Cabrera will one day be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The only Venezuelan with that honor so far is former major league shortstop Luis Aparicio.
‘‘I think Miguel is a natural candidate for the Hall of Fame. He’s an exceptional player and very young,’’ Aparicio said in a telephone interview. ‘‘If he stays healthy and away from problems, I'm sure he’s going to achieve it.’’