Miguel Cabrera became the 28th member of the 500-home run club on Sunday, when he slugged the milestone blast against Blue Jays lefty Steven Matz in the sixth inning at Rogers Centre.
Cabrera is the first player to reach 500 home runs as a Tiger, and 362 came with Detroit, which ranks him third in franchise history behind only Al Kaline (399) and Norm Cash (373).
Cabrera is the first player to join the 500-homer club since David Ortiz, who did it for the Red Sox on Sept. 12, 2015, and he ranks second in home runs among active players behind Albert Pujols, who joined the club on April 22, 2014, with the Angels and now has 677 career homers.
Cabrera is the first Venezuela native and the sixth player born outside the United States (joining Ortiz, Pujols, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro and Manny Ramirez) to hit 500 homers.
What milestones are up next for Cabrera? There’s a big one: 3,000 hits. Miggy has 2,955 hits in his career, so he’s only 45 shy of joining one of baseball’s most exclusive groups. The 3,000-hit club has only 32 members. Besides Pujols, who’s already in, Cabrera is the only active player who’s close (Robinson Canó would be next, with 2,624 hits).