Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Vlad's 400th Career Homer

Former Montreal Expos great Vladimir Guerrero hit his 400th home run last night. It was a solo shot in the 7th that ended up being the game-winner, as it gave the Angels an 8-7 lead, which they held on to.

Guerrero became the 45th player in Major League history to reach 400 home runs, passing Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline, who both hit 399.

He also became one of nine active big leaguers with 400, joining Carlos Delgado, Jason Giambi, Ken Griffey Jr., Chipper Jones, Manny Ramirez, Alex Rodriguez, Gary Sheffield and Jim Thome.

But more impressively, he became only the sixth player in Major League history with 400 homers and a career batting average of at least .320. While his batting average is a little shaky and might not hold up, he is in some impressive company (listed alphabetically)...

Jimmie Foxx .325 534 HR
Lou Gehrig .340 493 HR
Vladimir Guerrero .322 400 HR
Stan Musial .331 475 HR
Babe Ruth .342 714 HR
Ted Williams .344 521 HR

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