VIDEO: Historic #500 for Miguel Cabrera


Detroit Tigers legend Miguel Cabrera, one of the greatest hitters of this generation, has reached the hallowed grounds of the 500 home run club: 

The monumental hit came off Toronto Blue Jays' lefty Steven Matz at the Rogers Centre, and Toronto fans were more than aware of the historic moment, giving him a standing ovation and calling for a curtain call from Cabrera. 

The 38-year-old becomes only the 28th player in major league history to reach the 500 HR threshold. But he is only the 9th ever to do so while also maintaining a .300 career batting average. And that is one impressive list he's just joined:

Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays head up the very select .300 avg/500 HR list that Cabrera is now a part of. But the future Hall of Famer has plenty of other accolades under his belt over the course of his 19-year career:

  • 2 MVP awards
  • World Series championship
  • 11 All-Star selections
  • 1,785 RBIs
  • 1,498 Runs
  • Home Runs in 37 different ballparks
  • HR off 346 different pitchers
Interestingly, Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo was also on the coaching staff of the opposing team the last time someone joined the 500 Club. In 2015, Boston Red Sox' slugger David Ortiz became the 27th member, facing the Tampa Bay Rays. 

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