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Detroit Tigers’ Slugger Miguel Cabrera Hits his 500th Career MLB Home Run

Introduction

On Sunday, August 22nd, 2021 the Detroit Tigers’ superstar long – time veteran high – powered slugging first baseman / third baseman / outfielder / designated hitter, Miguel Cabrera, hit his 500th career Major League Baseball home run against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Detroit Tigers eventually went on to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays with a final score of 5 to 3 in 11 innings from the Rogers Centre located in Toronto, Ontario. The exclusive MLB 500 home club only has a total of 28 members at the moment.

List of the 28 Total Members of Major League Baseball’s 500 Home Run Club

Barry Bonds – Bond hit a total of 762 Major League Baseball home runs throughout his career. He played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1986 to 1992 and the San Francisco Giants from 1993 to 2007.

Hank Aaron – Aaron hit a total of 755 Major League Baseball home runs throughout his career. He played for the Indianapolis Clowns in 1952, the Milwaukee / Atlanta Braves from 1954 to 1974, and the Milwaukee Brewers from 1975 to 1976.

Babe Ruth – Ruth hit a total of 714 Major League Baseball home runs throughout his career. He played for the Boston Red Sox from 1914 to 1919, the New York Yankees from 1920 to 1934, and the Boston Braves in 1935.

Alex Rodriguez – Rodriguez hit a total of 696 Major League Baseball home runs throughout his career. He played for the Seattle Mariners from 1994 to 2000, the Texas Rangers from 2001 to 2003, and the New York Yankees from 2004 to 2016.

Albert Pujols – Pujols hit a total of 677 Major League Baseball home runs so far during his career. He played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 2001 to 2011, the Los Angeles Angels from 2012 to 2021, and he currently plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2021 to the present day.

Willie Mays – Mays hit a total of 660 Major League Baseball home runs throughout his career. He played for the Birmingham Black Barons from 1948 to 1950, the New York / San Francisco Giants from 1951 to 1972, and the New York Mets from 1972 to 1973.

Ken Griffey Jr. – Griffey Jr. hit a total of 630 Major League Baseball home runs throughout his career. He played for the Seattle Mariners from 1989 to 1999, the Cincinnati Reds from 2000 to 2008, the Chicago White Sox in 2008, and the Seattle Mariners from 2009 to 2010.

Jim Thome – Thome hit a total of 612 Major League Baseball home runs throughout his career. He played for the Cleveland Indians from 1991 to 2002, the Philadelphia Phillies from 2003 to 2005, the Chicago White Sox from 2006 to 2009, the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2009, the Minnesota Twins from 2010 to 2011, the Cleveland Indians in 2011, the Philadelphia Phillies in 2012, and the Baltimore Orioles in 2012 as well.

Sammy Sosa – Sosa hit a total of 609 Major League Baseball home runs throughout his career. He played for the Texas Rangers in 1989, the Chicago White Sox from 1989 to 1991, the Chicago Cubs from 1992 to 2004, the Baltimore Orioles in 2005, and the Texas Rangers once again in 2007.

Frank Robinson – Robinson hit a total of 586 Major League Baseball home runs throughout his career. He played for the Cincinnati Redlegs / Reds from 1956 to 1965, the Baltimore Orioles from 1966 to 1971, the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1972, the California Angels from 1973 to 1974, and the Cleveland Indians from 1974 to 1976.

Mark McGwire – McGwire hit a total of 583 Major League Baseball home runs throughout his career. He played for the Oakland Athletics from 1986 to 1997 and the St. Louis Cardinals from 1997 to 2001.

Harmon Killebrew – Killebrew hit a total of 573 Major League Baseball home runs throughout his career. He played for the Washington Senators / Minnesota Twins from 1954 to 1974 and the Kansas City Royals in 1975.

Rafael Palmeiro – Palmeiro hit a total of 569 Major League Baseball home runs throughout his career. He played for the Chicago Cubs from 1986 to 1988, the Texas Rangers from 1989 to 1993, the Baltimore Orioles from 1994 to 1998, the Texas Rangers once again from 1999 to 2003, and the Baltimore Orioles also once again from 2004 to 2005.

Reggie Jackson – Jackson hit a total of 563 Major League Baseball home runs throughout his career. He played for the Kansas City / Oakland Athletics from 1967 to 1975, the Baltimore Orioles in 1976, the New York Yankees from 1977 to 1981, the California Angels from 1982 to 1986, and the Oakland A’s in 1987.

Manny Ramirez – Ramirez hit a total of 555 Major League Baseball home runs throughout his career. He played for the Cleveland Indians from 1993 to 2000, the Boston Red Sox from 2001 to 2008, the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2008 to 2010, the Chicago White Sox in 2010, the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011, and the EDA Rhinos in 2013.

Mike Schmidt – Schmidt hit a total of 548 Major League Baseball home runs throughout his career. He played for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1972 to 1989.

David Ortiz – Ortiz hit a total of 541 Major League Baseball home runs throughout his career. He played for the Minnesota Twins from 1997 to 2002 and the Boston Red Sox from 2003 to 2016.

Mickey Mantle – Mantle hit a total of 536 Major League Baseball home runs throughout his career. He played for the New York Yankees from 1951 to 1968.

Jimmie Foxx – Foxx hit a total of 534 Major League Baseball home runs throughout his career. He played for the Philadelphia Athletics from 1925 to 1935, the Boston Red Sox from 1936 to 1942, the Chicago Cubs from 1942 to 1944, and the Philadelphia Phillies in 1945.

Frank Thomas – Thomas hit a total of 521 Major League Baseball home runs throughout his career. He played for the Chicago White Sox from 1990 to 2005, the Oakland Athletics in 2006, the Toronto Blue Jays from 2007 to 2008, and the Oakland A’s once again in 2008.

Willie McCovey – McCovey hit a total of 521 Major League Baseball home runs throughout his career. He played for the San Francisco Giants from 1959 to 1973, the San Diego Padres from 1974 to 1976, the Oakland Athletics in 1976, and the San Francisco Giants once again from 1977 to 1980.

Ted Williams – Williams hit a total of 521 Major League Baseball home runs throughout his career. He played for the Boston Red Sox from 1939 to 1942 and from 1946 to 1960.

Ernie Banks – Banks hit a total of 512 Major League Baseball home runs throughout his career. He played for the Kansas City Monarchs in 1951 and 1953 and the Chicago Cubs from 1953 to 1971.

Eddie Mathews – Mathews hit a total of 512 Major League Baseball home runs throughout his career. He played for the Boston / Milwaukee / Atlanta Braves from 1952 to 1966, the Houston Astros in 1967, and the Detroit Tigers from 1967 to 1968.

Mel Ott – Ott hit a total of 511 Major League Baseball home runs throughout his career. He played for the New York Giants from 1926 to 1947.

Gary Sheffield – Sheffield hit a total of 509 Major League Baseball home runs throughout his career. He played for the Milwaukee Brewers from 1988 to 1991, the San Diego Padres from 1992 to 1993, the Florida Marlins from 1993 to 1998, the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1998 to 2001, the Atlanta Braves from 2002 to 2003, the New York Yankees from 2004 to 2006, the Detroit Tigers from 2007 to 2008, and the New York Mets in 2009.

Eddie Murray – Murray hit a total of 504 Major League Baseball home runs throughout his career. He played for the Baltimore Orioles from 1977 to 1988, the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1989 to 1991, the New York Mets from 1992 to 1993, the Cleveland Indians from 1994 to 1996, the Baltimore Orioles in 1996, the Anaheim Angels in 1997, and the Los Angeles Dodgers once again in 1997.

Miguel Cabrera – Cabrera hit a total of 500 Major League Baseball home runs so far during his career. He played for the Florida Marlins from 2003 to 2007 and he currently plays for Detroit Tigers from 2008 to the present day.

Fun Facts Regarding Miguel Cabrera’s Major League Baseball Career

Miguel has 41 two – home run games as well as 2 three – home run games. His three - home run games occurred versus the Oakland A’s on May 28th, 2010, and against the Texas Rangers on May 19th, 2013. Cabrera’s most abused team has been the Cleveland Indians as he has crushed a total of 50 home runs while playing against the Cleveland Indians. The most assaulted pitcher over the course of his MLB career has been Phil Hughes as Miguel has homered off of Hughes 7 times throughout his illustrious Major League Baseball career. Cabrera has slugged a total of 7 career walk - off home runs. The first one happened during his very first MLB game as he hit a walk off homer off of Al Levine back in 2003 while playing with the Florida Marlins.

Miguel Cabrera’s Baseball Career Achievements, Honors, and Awards

Throughout Cabrera’s amazing 19 – year Major League Baseball career Miguel has accomplished so very much. Some of his biggest baseball career achievements, honors, and awards include being selected to the MLB All – Star Team 11 times in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, World Series champion in 2003, 2 - time American League MVP in 2012 and 2013, American League Triple Crown in 2012, 7 - time Silver Slugger Award in 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016, 2 - time American League Hank Aaron Award in 2012 and 2013, 4 - time American League batting champion in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015, 2 - time American League home run leader in 2008 and 2012, and he was also a 2 - time American League RBI leader back in 2010 as well as 2012.

Media Statements

"It's something special for my country, for my family, to be able to do this. I'm really happy. I hope I can get to 500, 3,000 this year. It's one of my goals this year. Mentally, I feel good. I feel mentally strong. I'm trying to go day by day and trying to play hard,'' Miguel Cabrera explained to the sports media world.

"When he hit that ball, I knew something special was about to happen and history was about to happen,'' says Cabrera’s teammate in the Detroit Tigers’ third baseman, Jeimer Candelario. "For me, being a part of that is a blessing. It helped us to win a ballgame too.''

"So proud for him and his family, and a career accomplishment so rare you may never get to be a part of this again,'' the Detroit Tigers’ manager A. J. Hinch stated. "We have no idea who the next person can be to pass this big number.''

Sources:

“Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera joins 500 home run club”, David Schoenfield, espn.com, August 22, 2021.

“Cabrera hits 500th career homer, Tigers beat Jays 5-3 in 11”, espn.com, August 22, 2021.

“Miguel Cabrera”, baseball-reference.com, August 23, 2021.

“The 500 Home Run Club: 28 sluggers have reached one of baseball's hallowed milestones”, Matt Kelly, mlb.com, August 22, 2021.


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