Miguel Cabrera etched his name on an elite list on Sunday when he blasted the 500th home run of his career. Cabrera is the 28th player to record 500 career bombs when he homered off Steven Matz in the sixth inning inside the Rogers Centre. Cabrera, the Detroit Tiger, was celebrated with a massive curtain call in Toronto following the blast.
Miguel Cabrera Becomes Elite
When the 2021 campaign began, it was only a matter of time before Cabrera reached the 500 home run threshold. In Sunday’s matchup against the Blue Jays, Cabrera took a 1-1 pitch from Steven Matz over the scoreboard in right-center field.
The shot tied the game at 1-1, but it ultimately gave Detroit the momentum to earn the 5-3 victory in 11 innings on the afternoon. After Cabrera homered, the 15,000 fans inside the Rogers center rose their feet to honor the future Hall of Fame designated hitter.
After Cabrera soaked in the moment with his teammates, he left the dugout, tipped his cap M bowed to the fans in Toronto. It was a moment that was larger than baseball for Cabrera. The stadium did not matter because everyone wanted to see the 38-year-old make history.
“It’s something special for my country, for my family, to be able to do this. I’m really happy.”
Comments from his Teammates
Miguel Cabrera is a Major League Baseball icon, and this was evident following him reaching 500 homers. Jeimer Candelario, who was in the on-deck circle, knew the ball was leaving the yard off the bat.
“When he hit that ball, I knew something special was about to happen, and history was about to happen. For me, being a part of that is a blessing. It helped us to win a ballgame, too.”
AJ Hinch was also elated for Detroit’s franchise player following the monumental blast.
“So proud for him and his family, and a career accomplishment so rare you may never get to be a part of this again. We have no idea who the next person can be to pass this big number.”
What’s Next for Miguel Cabrera?
Miguel Cabrera is the first player to hit 500 home runs in a tigers uniform. There were 31 at-bats between his 499th shot and the 500th home run on Sunday. After 19 seasons, it was a moment that the slugger will never forget.
His first home run came in 2003 in the 11th inning for the Florida Marlins in a 3-1 victory over Tampa Bay at 20 years old. Out of the 28 players on the list, he ranks fifth in career batting average at .311, and he is a four-time batting title champion. The only other right-handed hitters with 500 home runs and a .300 average are Manny Ramirez, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Frank Thomas.
The next goal for Cabrera is to reach 3000 hits, which he hopes to accomplish in 2021. The Tiger is 45 hits away from this milestone and he was already thinking about it after the game on Sunday.
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