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Posts Tagged ‘Willie Mays.’

A-Rod blasts 661st career homer to move past Willie Mays on all-time MLB list

Alex Rodriguez at bat reacting to bad call (2007 photo by Googie Man via wikipedia commons)

39-year-old Alex Rodriguez can still hit the baseball for distance.

The Yankees controversial third baseman moved past Hall of Famer Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time MLB career home run list, by blasting his 661st Thursday night in a 4-3 win over division-rival Baltimore.

Next on the home run list for Rodriguez is Babe Ruth with 714.

Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman gave up A-Rod's historic homer (2009 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Facing Baltimore right-hander Chris Tillman, A-Rod hit a line drive to the left of Monument Park at Yankee Stadium in centerfield in the third inning which put the Yanks up 3-2.

Giants’ Cabrera has a huge month of May at the plate

 

Melky Cabrera with Atlanta (2010 photo by UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

27-year-old former Columbus Clippers outfielder Melky Cabrera has been around the majors leagues in just a short time.

He has played for the Yankees, Atlanta and the Royals.

Now he is a member of the San Francisco Giants.

Cabrera is one of the hottest hitters in Major League Baseball.

Cabrera’s 51 hits in May equaled a Giants record for most hits in a month since the team moved to San Francisco from New York in 1958.

His 51 hits is better any of the well-known Giants hitters of the past, Willie Mays and Orlando Cepeda.

Cabrera hit .429 in May, with three homers, five triples, seven doubles and 17 runs batted in.

He hit safely in 25 of 29 games.

 

Info compiled from the San Francisco Giants, MLB, Radio & TV news

 

Angels make hard decision in releasing popular veteran Abreau

 

The LA Angels made a hard decision in releasing veteran outfielder/designated hitter Bobby Abreau.

Bobby Abreau with the Phillies (2004 photo by Rdikeman via wikipedia commons)

 

The 38-year-old Abreau is in  his 17th Major League season in 2012, his fourth campaign with the Angels.  He appeared in 456 games with the Halos over the last three-plus seasons, batting .267 (443/1662) with 239 runs scored, 103 doubles, 43 home runs, 246 RBI and 75 stolen bases.  In 2011, he hit .253 (127/585) with 30 doubles, eight home runs, 60 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 142 games.  His streak of 150 games played ended at 13 consecutive seasons – the streak matched Willie Mays’ MLB record (1954-66).  Abreu also notched 20 stolen bases for the 13th consecutive season in 2011, the longest active streak in MLB.

 

The Venezuelan native is just one of four players all-time with at least 500 doubles, 250 home runs & 350 stolen bases (Barry Bonds, Rickey Henderson and Craig Biggio).  He is the only player in MLB history to log 20 HRs, 20 SBs & 40 2Bs in a season five times.  Abreu is a two-time All-Star (2004 & 2005), a Gold Glove recipient (2005) and a Silver Slugger honoree (2004).

 

For his career, the veteran is batting .293 with 1,413 runs scored, 557 doubles, 58 triples, 284 home runs, 1,330 RBI and 393 stolen bases.  He ranks eighth among actives with 2,389 hits and 1,413 runs, second in doubles (557), seventh in RBI (1,330) and sixth in stolen bases (393).  Abreu’s 2,389 career hits rank third all-time among Venezuelans.

Abreau has played in both leagues. Houston and Philadelphia in the National League and the Yankees and Angels in the American League.

Abreau was picked up by the crosstown rival Los Angeles Dodgers.

 

Info compiled from Los Angeles Angels & MLBpressbox.com

Giants’ Sandoval sets new team hit streak record to start a season

 

25-year-old San Francisco Giants first baseman Pablo Sandoval extended his season-opening hitting streak to 17 games with a single to right field in the ninth inning of Tuesday night’s 9-2 loss at Cincinnati to the Reds.

Pablo Sandoval at 1B (2009 photo by MissChatter & UC International via wikipedia commons)

Sandoval’s hit off of Reds reliever Sam LeCure snapped a tie with Willie Mays for the all-time San Francisco Giants record and leaves Sandoval one game behind Johnny Rucker’s franchise streak of 18 games that began the New York Giants’ 1945 season. Alvin Dark had also hit in 16 straight games to begin the 1954 season.

Sandoval has been with the Giants since 2008, was a World Series champion in 2010 with the Giants and an NL All-Star in 2011.

His career totals coming into the season includes a .307 batting average, with 64 homers ans 247 RBI’s.

 

Info compiled from San Francisco Giants, MLB, Radio & TV news

Jim Thome joins the 600 club in home runs

 

Jim Thome (file photo)

Minnesota Twins designated hitter Jim Thome became the eighth Major League Baseball player to hit 600 home runs when he reached the coveted milestone on Wednesday night by hitting two at Detroit’s Comerica Park against the Tigers.

He belted a 2-run homer in the sixth inning for career #599.

He came back in the seventh and clubbed a 2-1 pitch from the Tigers Daniel Schlereth for a 3-run homer. Thome was met at home plate by his teammates and family members.

The Twins beat the Tigers 9-6.

THE 600 HOME RUN CLUB INCLUDES:

762 – Barry Bonds

755 – Hank Aaron

714 – Babe Ruth

660 – Willie Mays

630 – Ken Griffey Jr.

626 – Alex Rodriguez

609 – Sammy Sosa

600 – Jim Thome

Thome began his career with the Cleveland Indians in 1991. He has also played for Philadelphia, the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers before winding up with the Twins.

The lef-handed hitting slugger was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 13th round of the MLB Draft.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Minnesota Twins, Radio & TV news

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