After a 13 game span where he hit only one homerun in 47 at bats, Manny Ramirez finally cracked the record books on Saturday night during the Sox win over the Orioles. Ramirez had been hitting miserably over the past month and a half, since hitting number 496 on April 19. In 34 games since then he had hit only three homers. Saturday night, he went 1 for 5, with his homerun coming off the first pitch he saw in the 7th inning.
Manny’s 500th homer made him the 24th member of the 500 HR club. According to ESPN.com, he also became the 7th player in MLB history to record 500 HRs, 1500 RBIs, 1000 walks, 475 doubles and bat .300. The other six players are Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Mel Ott, Willie Mays and Frank Thomas. Not bad company for a player who has his own “Manny being Manny Club.” Ramirez will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest hitters of our generation, and with a few good years left in him, he may get a chance to swing for number 600.