TORONTO (AP) – Miguel Cabrera became the 28th major league player to hit 500 home runs and hit the milestone in the sixth inning on Sunday when the Detroit Tigers played against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The 38-year-old Cabrera scored after a 1-1 draw from left-hander Steven Matz and sent the ball over the scoreboard in right midfield. The Homer matched the score 1-all.
Fans at the Rogers Center rose for a standing ovation as Cabrera circled the bases and the Tigers Slugger later emerged from the dugout to accept a curtain, took off his helmet and bowed to the crowd behind the first dugout.
Cabrera, who won the Triple Crown and first consecutive MVP award in 2012, is the first Venezuelan to reach 500 homers. He’s hoping to become the first hitter to hit 500 homers and 3,000 hits in the same season.
His 500th home run was the number 2,955 of his career and he can also hit that 3,000 milestone this year if he stays healthy and scores an average of one goal per game. Only six players have 3,000 hits and 500 homers: Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Rafael Palmeiro, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez and Eddie Murray.
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