Miguel Cabrera’s 500th home run ball won’t be coming to your favorite auction company.
Fortunately for the Detroit Tigers and their future Hall of Famer, the ball landed in friendly territory.
Cabrera reached the milestone with a blast off Steve Matz of the Blue Jays at Toronto’s Rogers Centre Sunday afternoon.
The 28th player in MLB history to hit 500 home runs.
Congrats, @MiguelCabrera! pic.twitter.com/ajmOAbVeZg
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) August 22, 2021
The ball landed in a batting cage area next to the Tigers’ bullpen where it was retrieved by Tigers coach Tim Remes, verified by MLB Authentication and eventually given to Cabrera.
“I want to save it,” he promised. “It’ll be something special in my house. I’m excited.”
5️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ has been collected, authenticated and presented to @MiguelCabrera. pic.twitter.com/e3d6vLxICX
— Detroit Tigers Authentics (@DETAuthentics) August 22, 2021
Cabrera is the 28th player to reach 500 homers and the first since David Ortiz in 2015. He’s also just 45 hits away from 3,000 for his career.
The Tigers and Cabrera partnered on a memorabilia deal earlier this year that will put numerous items from both chases on the open market via sale or auction.