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Chicago White Sox: A legendary division rival reaches 500

TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 22: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates after hitting his 500th career home run in the sixth inning during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on August 22, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 22: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates after hitting his 500th career home run in the sixth inning during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on August 22, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago White Sox have faced some really great rivals over the years. The American League Central has had some awesome players roll through and not many have been better than Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers. He arrived in Detroit in 2008 after five years of playing for the Florida Marlins. He has put together a Hall of Fame career in his time and now he has reached an incredible milestone.

On Sunday, Cabrera became the 28th player in MLB history to hit his 500th career home run. He became the first to do so since David Ortiz in 2015. It is an incredibly great accomplishment for a hitter in the hardest baseball league in the world.

Cabrera is legitimately one of the best hitters of all time. He is an 11-time all-star, a seven-time Silver Slugger, a four-time batting champion, a World Series champion, a two-time MVP, and a Triple Crown winner. Seeing him hit his 500th is the cherry on top for this great career.

He has played in 210 games against the Chicago White Sox where he has 896 plate appearances. He has 40 home runs and had 121 RBIs in those games. His career slash against the White Sox is .289/.364/.496 which is very good. He dominated everyone but the White Sox had to deal with him being right there in the division.

The Chicago White Sox has had a front-row seat for Miguel Cabrera on a lot of nights.

The Tigers have been so lucky to have a player like this for all these years. They came very close to winning the World Series with him more than once. He was, however, able to get one with the Marlins in 2003. It has been a great career and this has to be one of his all-time greatest moments. It is awesome to see fans of baseball, including rivals, acknowledge this great milestone.

The Tigers showed off that video of former players that have reached the 500 home run plateau congratulating him and it was awesome to see. Reaching that number is something that only a few players have done and it defines you as an all-time great hitter.

Hopefully, Cabrera can keep playing well going forward. He hasn’t been having the best production over his past few seasons but that will never take away his legendary status. It has been a pleasure to watch him throughout his career. He deserves all of the credit in the world.

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