Miguel Cabrera's 500th home run: Looking at his most significant career homers

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How many hits does Miguel Cabrera have?

Cabrera has hit 362 of his 500 career homers during his 14 seasons as a member of the Tigers, after they acquired him in a trade before the 2008 season. Now 38, Cabrera debuted as a 20-year-old for the then-Florida Marlins in 2003 and quickly became one of the league's most feared sluggers. USA TODAYTigers' Miguel Cabrera hits 500th career home run, becoming 28th player in exclusive club

How many players have 3000 hits and 500 home runs?

Only six players have 3,000 hits and 500 homers: Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Rafael Palmeiro, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez and Eddie Murray. His pursuit of these big numbers has become a bright spot for a Detroit team that finally seems to be emerging from a difficult rebuild, approaching a .500 record. Associated PressTigers slugger Miguel Cabrera hits 500th career home run

Tigers celebrate Miguel Cabrera's 500th career home run

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Miguel Cabrera hits 500th career home run, joining one of baseball’s most exclusive clubs

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Blue Jays throw it away in another dispiriting loss at Rogers Centre

Toronto Sun 22 August, 2021 - 10:52pm

They know that a crowd of 14,000 can sound like 40,000 when the runs come in win-delivering bunches.

As for the home team that established itself as a playoff contender early in the season with its offence … not so much as would-be roars have turned to groans.

Stone-cold bats have the Jays reeling, the latest blow a 5-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers in 11 innings, a game they literally threw away in the top of the ninth.

A hitting attack with the raw ability to cover up other frailties is making life far more trying than usual these days, leading to yet another dispiriting defeat against a team with an inferior record.

“We always talk about hitting being contagious, but because nobody is swinging the bats right now, everyone is swinging harder,” a surely frustrated manager Charlie Montoyo said following the latest one that got away. “We didn’t expect this from a good offensive lineup. Everybody’s struggling right now.”

The fallout has been staggering, really, given the optimism following a 9-2 start to the Rogers Centre season on July 30th. Over the past five games, they’ve gone 1-4 to the Nationals and Tigers. According to Sportsnet Stats, since Aug. 13 the Jays are hitting an infinitesimal .088 with runners in scoring position.

If this defeat at the hands of the Tigers was more painful than the others in recent days, it was because the agony was extended through 11 innings, almost an extra hour of added angst brought on by a bumbling of one of the most routine plays by one of the Jays’ most reliable defenders.

The boxscore will show that the Tigers won it on back-to-back, run-scoring doubles in the 11th allowing the visitors to take two of three in the weekend series. The visuals showed another, that of sure-handed Marcus Semien easily fielding a two-out grounder in the ninth only to throw it in the dirt in front of first baseman Vlad Guerrero Jr. Instead of a game-ender, the resulting error leading to the equalizer.

The faces in the Jays dugout showed as much as the groans from the crowd of 14,685. And what has become sadly predictable of late did in fact materialize as the Jays’ record in extra-innings games plunged to 2-9.

Fighting to move beyond the fringes of the American League wild-card race, the Jays have now dropped seven of their past nine, many of those against perceived inferior opposition.

The team now has lost three consecutive series for the first time this season and just as the schedule approaches its most critical time.

How dry had it been in these parts?

The Jays offence has been stalled in neutral for a while now, managing three runs or fewer in seven of their past 10 games — and all three vs. The Tigers.

Time and time again the team has left players on the basepaths, too often in critical late-inning situations.

When Lourdes Gurriel Jr.’s clutch RBI scored a run in the eighth, it ended a run of 24 consecutive Jays hitters who had failed to bring home a runner in scoring position. Over the course of the game, the Jay left a staggering 14 runners on base over the three hours and 59 minutes to took to complete this one.

“Our offence is struggling right now, but you have to fight,” Montoyo said when asked about the mental toll the struggles have been taking on his team. “We’ve got a good group in there. We’re in every game still. We’ve just got to step back and relax and hopefully when somebody gets going it’s going to get going through the lineup.”

Cabrera electrified the crowd of 14,685 with his homer that just cleared the wall in centre, earning him a spirited standing ovation from the visiting crowd.

While we’re sure the veteran would have preferred to have the historic blast take place at Tiger Stadium, the classy response from the Rogers Centre crowd also earned a curtain call — even though the blast equalled the score at 1-1.

Cabrera became the 28th player to reach the 500-homer club and the first two do so while wearing a Tigers uniform. He became just the sixth player born outside of the U.S. to reach the mark.

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More than just home runs: Where does Miguel Cabrera rank among MLB's 500-HR club?

MLB 22 August, 2021 - 02:02pm

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Miguel Cabrera just became the 28th member of the 500-home run club. While that group has swelled in numbers in the past two decades, it remains a rare company, with fewer members than the 3,000-hit club.

Let's rank the 28 members of this exclusive club as hitters only. Defense doesn't matter. Position doesn't matter. WAR doesn't matter. Just their bat.

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