The 500 HR Club’s Newest Member

August 23, 2021

By: Carlos Alvarez

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A full weekend of sports saw multiple events delayed due to the east coast storm, including the PGA playoffs. But that didn’t stop highlights from surging across the rest of the country. Baseball has a new member of the 500 home run club and Week 2 of the NFL preseason had plenty of takeaways. Weekend recap inbound…

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The 500 Club: Miggy’s Milestone

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Tigers Slugger Miguel Cabrera Becomes 28th Member of MLB’s 500 Home Run Club


He’s finally done it! The Miggy milestone became historic reality in the sixth inning Sunday night in Toronto. Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers 38-year-old veteran, smashed an 84-mph changeup to right-center off Blue Jays pitcher Steven Matz for his 500th career home run. He got a standing ovation from the Rogers Centre crowd and made MLB history as just the 28th player ever to eclipse 500 HRs. After 19 seasons in the majors, including 14 in Detroit, only four players on the 500-HR list played fewer seasons than Miggy. Cabrera is currently ahead of Lou Gehrig (493) and behind Eddie Murray (504) on the all-time HR list. The Tigers also got the win over the Blue Jays (5-3, 11 innings).


Watch: Miguel Cabrera Joins Exclusive 500 Home Run Club


Additional Storylines

MLB: Some of the Best Miggy Tales From MLB Peers

NY Times: With 500th Homer, Cabrera Joins Club That’s Getting More Exclusive

ESPN+: Where Does Miguel Cabrera Rank Among MLB’s 500-HR Club?


MLB Quick-Hitters


Rhys Hoskins’ Return: Philadelphia’s Rhys Hoskins returned from the IL on Sunday to punch two homers in the Phillies’ 7-4 win over the Padres.


The Hot Streaks: The Yankees and Braves have both won a league-best nine straight games heading into Monday after Atlanta took care of business against the Orioles (3-1). New York had Sunday’s game postponed due to weather.


The Little League Classic: The Angels and Indians traveled to Williamsport, PA for the 2021 Little League Classic and gave the Little League players a chance to see some of the big league’s biggest stars up close and personal. Cleveland won the game in a shutout (3-0) thanks to Amed Rosario’s two-run homer in the 1st inning.



Weather Delays Final Round of Northern Trust 

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Jon Rahm, Tony Finau & Justin Thomas in the Mix After Round 3 at Liberty National


The FedEx Cup Playoffs took over Liberty National Golf Club for the first of three playoff events over the weekend in New Jersey, but Tropical Storm Henri had other plans for the Northern Trust. Play was halted after three rounds leading to a PGA Tour decision to postpone Round 4 until today (Monday). If weather still doesn’t cooperate, the Tour has allowed a potential Tuesday finish, if necessary.


Through Round 3: By Saturday’s end, a trio of headliners surged up the leaderboard, including Jon Rahm, Tony Finau and Justin Thomas. But Saturday belonged to Australian Cameron Smith whose 11-under 60 in Round 3 was a course record that vaulted him into a tie at the top.


Watch: Northern Trust Round 3 Highlights


Leaderboard (Through 3 Rounds)

J. Rahm (-16)

C. Smith (-16)

E. Van Rooyen (-15)

J. Thomas (-14)

T. Finau (-14)


Notable Scorecards: V. Hovland (-13), S. Lowry (-13), H. Varner III (-12), B. Koepka (-11), X. Schauffele (-11), P. Cantlay (-9), J. Spieth (-7), H. Matsuyama (-6), R. McIlroy (-6)


Additional Storylines

Golf Digest: Here’s How Tour Pros Will Handle Strange Weather Situation at Northern Trust

USA Today: Cameron Smith Flirts With 59, Settles for Career-Low & Course Record 60 at Northern Trust



Week 2: Preseason Notebook

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Baltimore Ravens Tie Record With 19th Consecutive Preseason Win


Week 2 of the NFL’s 3-week preseason slate is in the books, but history was made on Saturday when the Baltimore Ravens beat the Carolina Panthers (20-3) to register their 19th straight preseason win. The Ravens tied Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers for longest preseason win streak (1959-1962). No NFL team has strung together a preseason streak this long in the Super Bowl era (since 1970). Even more impressive? John Harbaugh’s squad blew out the Panthers with third-string QB Tyler Huntley taking 100 percent of Saturday’s snaps. They haven’t lost a preseason game since Sept. 4, 2015, and they’ll go for the record-setting 20th win next Saturday (Aug. 28) against Washington (6:00 pm ET).


Week 2: Preseason Notebook


Trubisky Returns to ChicagoMitch Trubisky’s Chicago reunion may have only been a preseason game, but the former Bears quarterback shredded his old team to the tune of 20/28, 221 yards and 1 TD on Saturday. The Bills’ second-stringer was the star of the game as Buffalo crushed Chicago (41-15).


Wentz Back at Practice EarlyGreat news for Colts fans… Indy’s new quarterback, Carson Wentz, is already back at practice today after undergoing foot surgery less than two weeks ago. His initial timetable suggested he might miss 4-6 weeks of the season. Now, it looks like he could be ready for Week 1.


Lance Lurking for 49ers JobThe 49ers’ No. 3 overall pick has looked impressive in his first two preseason games. Sunday’s win over the Chargers (15-10) featured another 2-TD performance from Lance while incumbent starter Jimmy Garoppolo was just 3/6 for 15 yards and 1 INT.


Tua Takes Steps Forward: After early criticism in his rookie campaign, Dolphins second-year QB Tua Tagovailoa looked impressive in Miami’s Week 2 win. He went 16/23 for 183 yards and 1 TD in a 37-17 win over the Falcons.


Zach Wilson Shows Off Arm: The Jets are now 2-0 in the preseason after beating the Packers (23-14) on Saturday, and rookie QB Zach Wilson dazzled with his arm strength and drew praise from Aaron Rodgers after a solid start (9/11, 128 yards, 2 TDs).


Tonight’s Schedule

Jaguars at Saints (8:00 pm ET)


Additional Storylines

B/R: Early Breakout Candidates From the 2021 NFL Preseason

NFL: Preseason Cuts Tracker: Team-by-Team Roster Moves in Preseason Week 2

Yahoo! SportsColts Stars Carson Wentz & Quenton Nelson Slated to Practice Weeks Ahead of Schedule



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⚾️ LLWS: Ella Bruning Makes LLWS History

Texas’ Ella Bruning became the 20th girl ever to play in the Little League World Series this weekend, but she didn’t just make an appearance. Bruning scored a run in her team’s 6-0 win against Washington, and she’s not done yet.


⚽️ EPL: Lukaku Scores in Chelsea Return

Romelu Lukaku made his Chelsea debut after rejoining the club for the first time since he played for the Blues in 2014, and he didn’t disappoint. Lukaku scored the opening goal in Chelsea’s 2-0 win against Arsenal.


🥊 BOXING: Ugas Upsets Pacquiao

Philipino boxer Manny Pacquiao made his return to the ring on Saturday night in Las Vegas to challenge Cuban fighter Yordenis Ugas for the WBA super welterweight title, but Ugas pulled the upset by decision (116-112, 115-113, 116-112).


🏀 WNBA: Delle Donne Scores 16 in WNBA Return

Washington Mystics star and former WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne made her return to the league on Sunday after sitting out two years due to concerns about COVID-19. She scored 16 points in her first action since 2019, but the Mystics fell to the Storm (85-78).


⛳️ LPGA: Anna Nordqvist Wins British Open

Swedish golfer Anna Nordqvist (-12) claimed her third major LPGA victory on Sunday in the AIG British Open at Carnoustie after Nanna Koerstz Madsen (-10) double-bogeyed the 18th hole to give away the outright lead. It was the 34-year-old’s first major title since 2017.


🏎️ NASCAR: Blaney Steals Michigan Late

Ryan Blaney won NASCAR’s final race of the regular season Sunday at Michigan International Speedway by swiping the lead on a restart with eight laps to go. Blaney only led those final eight laps and held off William Byron by 0.77 seconds to claim his second win of the season.



🏈 5 College Football Teams Destined to Disappoint

There are bound to be some teams that can’t repeat their good 2020 seasons. Who will they be? Here are five teams that we think won’t be as good as they were in 2020. (Yahoo! Sports)


👟 Sha’Carri Richardson’s Unhappy Return

United States track star Sha’Carri Richardson made her return to competition on Saturday at Nike’s Prefontaine Classic… However, it was more of a mismatch than anything. (FOX Sports)


⚾ Who’s the Next Member of the 500 Club?

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera has hit his 500th career home run. He did so Sunday against the Blue Jays, becoming the 28th player in history to reach the threshold in Major League Baseball. Who might be the 29th? (CBS Sports)




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