Miguel Cabrera’s 509th Career Homer Ties Gary Sheffield All-Time | Reminds Us Of The Legacy of Bro Bombers Continued Today

Miguel Cabrera’s 509th Career Homer Ties Gary Sheffield All-Time | Reminds Us Of The Legacy of Bro Bombers Continued Today

Miguel Cabrera‘s two-run homer on Tuesday was just his second of the season but the 509th of his career, tying him with MLBbro Gary Sheffield for 26th on the all-time home run leaderboard. 

 

The 40-year-old designated hitter is soaking up all the memories on his farewell tour. Cabrera has three seasons before 2023 where he’s hit 10 homers or less, but he’s just two homers away from another ranking bump and three blasts from tying the next MLBbro. 

 

The all-time home run leaderboard is filled with Black ball players.

 

 

Barry Bonds stands atop the leaderboard with 762 dingers, a feat that may never be broken.

 

The Bro Bombers that follow are legendary slugger Henry “Hank” Aaron (755), Willie Mays (660), Ken Griffey Jr. (630), Frank Robinson (586), Reggie Jackson (563), Willie McCovey (521), Frank Thomas (521), and Ernie Banks (512). 

 

The commonality between Cabrera and almost all of these players is that they played at least 20 seasons in the Majors to reach their marks. Banks and Thomas played 19 seasons in the bigs. 

 

Significance of Bro Bombers

 

When Negro League players and Black players breaking the color barrier in the Majors began to get coverage in the newspapers, it was clear the distinction between how the writers would categorize the players. If the player was white, they were often lauded for their intelligence and played the game the right way. But, Black players’ accomplishments were frequently attributed solely to their physical prowess, underscoring a glaring disparity in the portrayal of their achievements.

 

Amid the suffocating limitations that writers and baseball enthusiasts sought to impose upon them, these remarkable individuals rose to triumph, defying the constraints imposed upon them. And standing tall among these legends, it was Aaron who ignited a fervor, illuminating boundless potential.

 

“If I was white, all America would be proud of me,” Aaron said almost a year before he passed Ruth. “But I am Black.”

 

Hank Aaron Breaks Babe Ruth Home Run Record With 715

 

On April 8, 1974, the Atlanta legend became the new home run king, hitting his 715th homer and surpassing Babe Ruth, who’d held the record for 59 years. 

 

“A breaker of records and racial barriers, his remarkable legacy will continue to inspire countless athletes and admirers for generations to come,” said former president Jimmy Carter, who often attended Braves games with his wife, Rosalynn.

 

Irrespective of one’s racial or ethnic background, the magnitude of Aaron’s feat in surpassing Ruth was universally acknowledged, serving as a potent source of inspiration for aspiring young Black athletes.

 

“The former Home Run King wasn’t handed his throne,” said former President George W. Bush, a one-time owner of the Texas Rangers, who presented Aaron in 2002 with the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest civilian honor. “He grew up poor and faced racism as he worked to become one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Hank never let the hatred he faced consume him.”

 

The inspiration would birth the next king of swat in Bonds. 

 

 

On August 7, 2007, Bonds clobbered his 756th homer to overtake Aaron on the leaderboard. 

 

“[He was] a trailblazer through adversity and setting an example for all of us African-American ballplayers who came after you,” Bonds gave praise to Aaron. 

 

Can another MLBbro break the record?

 

The closest active MLBbro to Cabrera’s newest mark is Giancarlo Stanton, with 396 blasts. Stanton has played in the Majors for 14 years and currently averages 23 homers per season, which puts him on pace for 534 homers through his 20th season. His injury history, however, leaves much doubt as to whether he would reach the necessary number of seasons played. 

 

When it comes to power stats, few players can compete with Stanton. 

 

 

The 33-year-old designated hitter leads the Marlins in total home runs (59) since 2017, and he only played one of those seasons in Miami, with the remainder being for the Yankees. 

 

Stanton has 76 career blasts with a 113 or more miles per hour exit velocity, which is the most tracked by Statcast (2015, including playoffs), ahead of teammate, current American League home run King, and MLBbro Aaron Judge

 

The Bronx Bomber also has the most 460 or more-foot homers tracked by Statcast (2015, including playoffs) with 18. 

 

The next three MLBbros behind Stanton are 36-year-old Andrew McCutchen (297), 30-year-old Mookie Betts (244), and 31-year-old Judge (242). 

 

Judge has the best chance to surpass Stanton and Cabrera. After his historic 2022 campaign, he currently averages 30 homers per season while only having played eight years in the Majors thus far, which puts him on pace for 602 career homers through 20 seasons of play. That would place him 10th all-time, just seven homers shy of tying Sammy Sosa.

Aaron Judge Joins Exclusive Club Of MLBbros With Multiple 50 Homer Seasons |  Chilling With Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr.

Aaron Judge Joins Exclusive Club Of MLBbros With Multiple 50 Homer Seasons | Chilling With Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr.

New York Yankees superstar Aaron Judge has officially reached rarified air yet again. Judge hit his 51st homer on Tuesday, and currently is on pace to hit 63 homers. But before we start predicting 60+, let’s admire just how impressive getting to 50 is, especially when its Black players achieving the feat. 

 

 

The way we talk about steroids in baseball, you would think the record books are littered with 50 home run seasons, however that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Throughout the history of baseball there have only been 47 seasons where a player has recorded 50 homers, and 14 of those seasons belong to 11 Black players.

Some of the greatest Black ballplayers of All-Time have joined the club, and there’s even a father/son duo who grace this list. Let’s take a look at how MLBbros across generations have made their mark on this list.

 

Like Father, Like Son

As I mentioned before, there is one father/son duo on the list and they happen to be MLBbros. OG Cecil Fielder did it first in 1990 as a member of the Detroit Tigers, then his son Prince was able to accomplish the feat in 2007 while playing for the Milwaukee Brewers. The younger Fielder had more hits than his dad (165 to 159) but the OG put up more home runs and RBI during his 50-home run season than his offspring.

Barry Bonds – 73 home runs in 2001

We can’t talk about home runs without mentioning the god Barry Bonds. A Hall of Famer long before allegations of steroid use clouded his career, Barry was on a different level in 2001. He finished the year slashing .328/.515/.863 and basically broke every metric we have to track just how great a hitter is. It was the first of 4 straight MVP awards for Bonds, and the first of four straight years of 145 walks or more. 

Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge go 50/50

In 2017, both Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton and Yankees rookie Aaron Judge both eclipsed the 50-homer mark. The Yankees may not have been able to bring another World Series title to New York, but they did bring Stanton to the Bronx and teamed him up with Judge the next season. Giancarlo finished with 59 bombs on the year. Judge would finish the year with 52 homers, which tied him for 15th all time with Yankees greats Mickey Mantle and Alex Rodriguez (he hit 52 with Texas). 

Ken Griffey Jr – 56 home runs in 1997/1998

One of the greatest to ever lace them up, prime Ken Griffey Jr was must-see TV.  He’s one of just three MLBbros in history to have multiple 50-homer seasons along with Willie Mays and Aaron Judge.

While a large portion of the baseball world was locked in on players like Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa’s PED-induced exploits back in the late 90s, Junior was in the midst of one of the greatest runs we’ve ever seen. Griffey’s 50-homer seasons came in back-to-back years and “The Kid” went on to finish his career with 630 total homers.