Miguel Cabrera 500th home run: Tiger slugger becomes 28th MLB player to reach milestone | MCUTimes

Miguel Cabrera 500th home run: Tiger slugger becomes 28th MLB player to reach milestone

Miguel Cabrera became the 28th member of Major League Baseball’s 500 Home Run Club on Sunday. That Detroit Tigers slugger hit the historic explosion in the sixth inning mod Toronto Blue Jays.

500 Home Run Club has long been one of the largest and most respected groups in baseball, although it was a bit diluted in the wake of the so-called “steroid era”. Still, Major League Baseball has been played terribly long and there are only 28 players with at least 500 home games in their careers.

Once thought of as a prior conclusion, it would have been reasonable in the last few years to speculate whether Cabrera would reach 500. He had 446 home runs in 2016, but managed only 16, three and 10 in the next three seasons, respectively. due to age-related decline and multiple injuries. Then there was the pandemic shortened season, even though he hit 10 homers in 57 games, and increasing the pace like that really bumped him on his way into this season.

Here’s a look at his milestone blast – his 13th homer of the season – off Toronto left left Steven Matz:

According to Statcast, Cabrera’s home run traveled 400 feet and had an exit speed of 104.1 mph. Even though he hit it on the road, the Toronto crowd gave Cabrera a standing ovation:

Cabrera, 38, is the first Venezuelan-born player to hit 500 home runs. He is just 45 more hits short and it looks like he will probably become the seventh player ever to be a member of both the 500-homer club and the 3,000-hit club. Cabrera is also one of only a handful of players who could end their careers with more than 500 homers and a stroke average north of .300 – predictably it is an impressive group:

The Tigers originally bought Cabrera in December 2007 as part of an eight-player deal that also netted Detroit left-hander Dontrelle Willis. In return, the Tigers parted ways with future major league players Burke Badenhop, Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller, Frankie De La Cruz and Mike Rabelo. (Marlins also received the Dallas Trahern, though he never reached the Show.)

Tigre later signed Cabrera to an eight-year extension worth $ 152 million before appearing in his first regular season competition with the club. The contract was due to expire in 2015, but the Tigers then extended Cabrera again to another eight-year pact worth $ 248 million in March 2014. Cabrera has two more guaranteed years left, paying him a total of $ 64 million. The Tigers seem very unlikely to exercise the ensuing club opportunities given how his production has declined in recent years.

Some of Cabrera’s most notable teammates and leaders recorded congratulatory videos for him, which the Tigers tweeted out Sunday:

With Cabrera’s 500th home run off the road, here are the five active players now closest to the mark:

Nelson Cruz

Rays

443

57

Robinson Cano

Mets

334

166

Giancarlo Stanton

Yankees

332

168

Justin Upton

Angels

324

176

Joey Votto

Red

323

177

Babe Ruth was the first MLB player with 500 homers to come there in 1929. He was joined by Jimmie Foxx in 1940. Only one more member — Mel Ott — joined before 1960. In the 1960s, the group expanded with all -times Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron take part in the match. Three more were added before the end of the 1971 season in Ernie Banks, Harmon Killebrew and Frank Robinson. Only Willie McCovey would get there between 1971 and 1984. Reggie Jackson and Mike Schmidt would get there in the 80s. Eddie Murray and Mark McGwire joined the club in the 1990s.

Then there was the explosion. From 2001-2009, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, Ken Griffey Jr., Frank Thomas, Alex Rodriguez, Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez and Gary Sheffield reached 500.

It feels less watered down and more of an incredible feat these days. The latest additions were Albert Pujols in 2014 and David Ortiz in 2015. And we can add Cabrera in 2021 to the list.

Cabrera was already on his way directly to the Hall of Fame five years after his retirement. This is just another recognition to get on the ever-growing resume. Another is also coming relatively soon. He now has 2,955 hits. If Cabrera reaches 3,000, he joins Aaron, A-Rod, Pujols, Mays, Palmeiro and Murray as the only players in history with 3,000 hits and 500 homers.

This would be on top of his two MVPs, 11 All-Star Games, seven Silver Sluggers, four batting titles, a triple crown and a host of other incredible stats. He also played in two World Series and won one as a rookie in 2003.

For now, let’s celebrate Cabrera’s place in homemade history. Five hundred is an awful lot of longballs. He joins only 27 others to know how it feels.

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