Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera hits 500th career home run

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TORONTO (AP) — Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera became the 28th large league subordinate to deed 500 location runs, reaching the milestone successful the sixth inning Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The 38-year-old Cabrera connected connected a 1-1 transportation from left-hander Steven Matz, sending the shot implicit the scoreboard successful right-center field. Measured astatine 400 feet, the homer tied it astatine 1.

The 14,685 fans astatine Rogers Centre roseate for a lasting ovation arsenic Cabrera rounded the bases. After celebrating with his teammates, the Tigers slugger came retired of the dugout to judge a curtain call, taking disconnected his helmet and bowing to the assemblage down Detroit’s dugout.

Cabrera, who won the Triple Crown and the archetypal of back-to-back MVP awards successful 2012, is the archetypal Venezuelan to deed 500 homers. He is hoping to go the archetypal hitter to scope 500 homers and 3,000 hits successful the aforesaid season.

His 500th location tally was deed No. 2,955 of his career, and helium tin scope that 3,000 milestone this year, too, if helium tin enactment steadfast and mean 1 deed per game. Only six players person 3,000 hits and 500 homers: Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Rafael Palmeiro, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez and Eddie Murray.

His pursuit of these large numbers has go a agleam spot for a Detroit squad that yet seems to beryllium emerging from a hard rebuild, approaching a .500 record.

Cabrera is the sixth subordinate calved extracurricular the United States to scope 500 homers. He joins Pujols, Palmeiro, Sammy Sosa, Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, who reached the people successful 2015 and was the past to propulsion disconnected the feat earlier Cabrera.

He is besides the archetypal subordinate to scope the people successful a Tigers uniform.

In 2012, Cabrera became the archetypal subordinate successful 45 years to triumph the Triple Crown by starring the league successful batting average, location runs, and RBIs.

When Cabrera made his large league debut with the Marlins successful 2003, helium was conscionable 20 years old. He helped them triumph the World Series that year.

The Tigers acquired him successful a commercialized with the Marlins successful 2007, a twelvemonth aft losing the World Series to St. Louis, successful the hopes that helium would assistance them triumph a satellite title for the archetypal clip since 1984.

However, the Tigers person ne'er won it each with the slugging superstar. They mislaid successful the 2012 World Series to San Francisco and aboriginal successful the decennary went into a rebuilding mode that bottomed retired with 310 losses betwixt 2017-19.

Cabrera’s hitting and his jovial on-field demeanor made him fashionable successful Detroit, but his accumulation has dipped importantly successful caller years arsenic property and injuries caught up with him.

While different Tigers specified arsenic superstar pitcher Justin Verlander were traded away, Cabrera’s declining worth and immense declaration made him hard to move. His 500th homer was his 13th this season, his highest full since 2017.

Although Cabrera was successful striking region of some the location tally and deed milestones erstwhile the play started, nary 1 knew however those pursuits would spell due to the fact that of his caller struggles astatine the plate. He homered connected opening time successful the snow, but by the All-Star break, helium had gone heavy conscionable 7 times and determination were doubts helium could propulsion disconnected the feat this year.

He has picked up the gait since then, hitting six location runs and reaching 500 with clip to spare successful 2021.

Cabrera is conscionable down Hall of Famer Eddie Murray, who ranks 27th connected the vocation database with 504 location runs.

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