Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers’ first baseman, reached one of the most prestigious records in MLB, 500 home runs, making him the 28th player to do so.
Cabrera, in his 19th season, accomplished the feat against the Toronto Blue Jays last week. His 500th home run was his 13th for the season and 2,955th hit, moving him 45 hits closer to the prestigious 3,000 clubs.
Only six players have achieved both 500 HR and 3,000 hits.
After the game, the player admitted that he felt pressure as he failed to hit a home run in eight games and hasn’t had a run in Toronto since 2017.
As many fans are returning to the ballparks, enjoying one of the US’ most popular sports, Cabrera hoped to hit his 500th run in front of home fans. He settled for second best, earning a standing ovation from the 35,000+ friendly crowd, many of whom were Tigers fans.
Moreover, the baseman became the first Detroit Tiger to reach the milestone in the team’s 121-year history and the last man in MLB since David Ortiz in 2015.
He is also the first Venezuelan and the sixth player born outside the US, joining David Ortiz, Sammy Sosa, Manny Ramirez, Albert Pujols, and Rafael Palmeiro.
Cabrera, however, is far from reaching the all-time leader in MLB Barry Bonds, who has 762 home runs, and Japan’s Oh Sadaharu’s absolute record of 868.
The Venezuelan is an 11-time All-star, two-time American League MVP, and four-time batting champion. In 2012, he led the league in batting average, RBIs, and home runs, becoming the first player since Carl Yastrzemsi in 1967 to win the Triple Crown.