On Sunday afternoon, Miguel Cabrera entered the history of Major League Baseball.
Cabrera started Detroit’s scoring in the team’s 5-3 defeat of the Blue Jays and hit a home run at the top of the sixth inning. The home run was the 500th time in Cabrera’s career, and he became the 28th player in MLB history to reach this milestone.
Cabrera is one of two active players in the 500 home run club. Another person, Albert Pujols, quickly congratulated Cabrera in a video message relayed by the Tigers.
“Migi, my brother, welcome to Club 500,” Puyos said. “I am proud of what you have achieved in this game, and there will be more in the future. Good luck and God bless you.”
Cabrera also received messages from Alex Rodriguez, Jim Thome, and David Ortiz. Before Cabrera’s home run on Sunday, Ortiz was the last player to reach 500 when he homered twice for the Red Sox at the Tropical Stadium on September 12, 2015.
“You are a role model. For young people who have grown up, you are an incredible role model, especially those from other countries,” Ortiz said. “Congratulations, 500. Wow, that milestone is amazing.”
The Tigers also ensured that Cabrera’s former teammates had the opportunity to congratulate him. They posted another video that included Torii Hunter, Nick Castellanos and Justin Verlander talking about Cabrera’s feat.
Wieland praised Cabrera in particular, calling him “the best batsman I have ever worked with.”
“I know you are not the type to let everyone tell you how great you are,” Wieland said. “But I will tell you, buddy. You are incredible, you are the best player-you are the best batsman I have ever worked with. I hope you can take a moment to sit down and thank you for this milestone.”
Many other famous players and organizations congratulated Cabrera on his performance. From the Major League Baseball Detroit sports team, look at the love Cabrera received:
500 hours club, as high as MIGGY on average
Ted Williams. 344
Babe Ruth. 342
Jimmy Fox. 325
Manny Ramirez. 312
Miguel Cabrera. 311
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) August 22, 2021