Who Will Hit 500 HR Next After Miguel Cabrera’s Milestone?

| August 24, 2021 9:30 am PDT

Miguel Cabrera will go down as one of the best hitters in MLB history. On Sunday, August 22nd 2021, Cabrera hit his 500th home run.

Cabrera took a Steven Matz pitch and took it to right field for his milestone home run. The 38-year old’s 13th home run of this season will go down as one of his most memorable.

With the milestone met, here’s a look at Cabrera’s feat, his career to this point, and who could join the 500-home run club next.

Cabrera Joins the 500 HR Club

Cabrera became the 28th player in MLB history to hit 500 home runs and the 28th most home runs in MLB history.

The hit was such a remarkable moment, that the Toronto crowd gave him a big round of applause and a curtain call.

Cabrera is now four home runs behind Eddie Murray’s 504 home runs for 27th all time.

Cabrera is under contract with the Tigers through the 2025 season, meaning he has a chance to climb the all-time home run leaderboard even more.

A Look at Cabrera’s Legendary Career

Cabrera’s 500th home run is not the only thing that he will be remembered for. He currently has 2,955 hits, only 45 away from the 3,000 mark.

Cabrera is also the last player to win the Triple Crown award (MLB leader in batting average, home runs, and RBI) in 2012.

Cabrera was incredible in that season, hitting .330 with 44 home runs and 139 RBI.

Cabrera has a career slash line of .311/.388/.534, with 500 home runs (28th all time), 1,785 RBI (22nd all time), 591 doubles (20th all time), 2,955 hits (35th all time), and 1,498 runs (74th all time).

Cabrera has won the MVP twice (2012 and 2013) and the Best Major League Baseball Player Award ESPY Award (2013 and 2014) as well. He is a first ballot hall of famer, whenever he decides to retire.

Cabrera should hit a couple more milestones throughout his career, possibly three more this season. He could get to 1,500 runs, 3,000 hits, and 600 doubles throughout the remainder of the 2021 season.

Who Will Hit 500 Home Runs Next?

With the modern era of baseball being home run friendly, the current players we are watching today could find themselves on this list in a decade or two.

We have a couple current players who are within 200 home runs of the 500-homer mark, and we also have some young players who are off to blazing starts in their career and could hit the 500-homer mark, as well.

Nelson Cruz (Age 40)

The Boomstick didn’t get his nickname for no reason. He currently has 443 home runs and is within the legendary mark, as well.

He has recently been traded to the Rays, but that hasn’t stopped him from hitting home runs. He has 26 on the year and is looking to hit the 40-home run mark in one season for the 5th time in his career.

Cruz is another player who hasn’t let age stop him and he could easily hit the 500 home run mark if he plays two more full seasons.

He is most likely the next player to hit the legendary 500 home run mark.

Robinson Cano (Age 38)

Cano is currently serving a full season suspension due to using PEDs. This will put a big hurt on his chance for 500 home runs, as he nears the age of 40 with 334 career home runs.

If he were to average 25 home runs a season until he hits 500, he would have to play over six more seasons. It will be interesting to see where his career lands after back-to-back suspension filled seasons.

Giancarlo Stanton (Age 31)

Stanton will go down as one of the most powerful hitters of all time. He currently sits just two home runs behind Robinson Cano, with 332 home runs.

He has tons of time left in his career to reach the milestone. Stanton has played just over 10 seasons in the MLB, meaning he averages around 33.2 home runs per season.

With 168 home runs to go, Stanton would have to play around five more seasons to hit the mark.

Mike Trout (Age 29)

Mike Trout should not surprise anyone by being on this list. He seems to just be better than everyone and home runs come easy to him.

The past two seasons, the shortened COVID-19 season and injury filled season this year, have put a dent in his chances to hit the mark.

If Trout’s health stays up, he should be able to reach the 500-home run mark with ease.

Looking to the Future in MLB

Overall, Miguel Cabrera’s legendary home run gives us a chance to reflect on his incredible career.

It is truly a blessing to watch any player of his caliber with our own eyes. He will be a Hall of Famer before we know it and we could say that we were able to watch him play.

Like I said earlier, today’s MLB is all about the long ball. Home runs are being hit left and right and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see more players from this era hit the 500-home run milestone.

If you like home runs, the MLB is in a good state for you. Keep an eye out for the superstars like Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Fernando Tatis Jr., as these players will have a chance to join the legends like Miguel Cabrera.

Be sure to catch up on our other MLB articles like these.

Anthony Haage
Anthony Haage

Anthony is a sports writer for GamblingSites.com covering the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and more. He also covers other various topics such as entertainment, general sports betting tips, and more.

His favorite teams are the Chicago Bears, Bulls, Cubs, and Blackhawks. He also will be a temporary fan of any team if it means winning him bets.

More Posts by Anthony Contact Anthony Anthony on Twitter

LEAVE YOUR COMMENT

*

Back to top