400: Twins’ Nelson Cruz is 57th player to reach HR milestone-MON0923

5 THINGS YOU'LL FIND ON THIS POST
1 Nelson Cruz of Minnesota becomes 57th player with 400 home runs
2 Road to 400, breakdown of Cruz HRs; 3rd player to hit 40 at age 39
3 Andy Green leaves as 4th winningest manager in Padres' history
4 Royals make history with 100 loss of year; 3 teams chasing 100 wins
5 Milestone HR for Eloy Jimenez of White Sox; Justin Verlander wins 20th

BATTER UP

Facts & figures from around

Major League Baseball


400

Twins’ Nelson Cruz became

57th member of MLB's 400-homer club on 9/22 vs. Royals

26

Cruz is 26th player in history

with at least four seasons of

40-plus HRs (2014-16)

3

Cruz is third player in Twins’

history with 40 HR season

  • 8: Harmon Killebrew hit 40-plus HRs in season 8 times in his Hall of Fame career

  • 42: HRs by Brian Dozier for Twins in 2016

NELSON CRUZ'S ROAD TO 400 HR
YR HR GM YR HR GM
2005 0 8 2013 27 109
2006 6 41 2014 40 159
2007 9 96 2015 44 152
2008 7 31 2016 43 155
2009 33 128 2017 39 155
2010 22 108 2018 37 144
2011 29 124 2019 40 115
2012 24 159 15 YR 400 1684

39

Cruz joins Barry Bonds and Hank Aaron as only players in MLB history to hit 40 HRs at age 39 or older.

201, 199

Cruz has hit 201 home runs

in his home ballpark

and 199 on the road

  • 254: Cruz HRs that cam during his team winning

  • 216: HRs in first half (184 after All-Star Game)

  • 186: HRs his by Cruz as DH

  • 159: Cruz homers while batting 4th

  • 141: HRs by Cruz with no outs (147 with 1 out, 112 with 2 out)

  • 4: Grand slams by Cruz


Cruz HR breakdown by month


274-366

Andy Green’s record in four seasons with Padres;

he was fired on 9/21

4

Padres have had 17 full-time managers in their history;

Green ranks 4th in victories


Retiring Bruce Bochy of Giants is Padres' winningest manager


100

Royals beame the MLB’s 4th

100-loss team in 2019, joining Orioles, Tigers, and Marlins


2002

Only other season with four

100-loss teams — Brewers, Rays, Tigers and Royals


3

Teams with 100 wins (Yankees, Astros, Dodgers) and 3 teams (Braves, Twins, A’s) who could


Twins Nelson Cruz ranks third in MLB slugging percentage


3 players with 50-plus doubles, led by Cubs' Nick Castellanos


MILESTONE TRACKER

20

Justin Verlander became MLB’s first 20-game winner in 2019 as Astros clinched third straight AL West title

2,994

Astros’ Justin Verlander needs

6 strikeouts to become 18th

pitcher with 3,000 in career

30

Eloy Jimenez became third White Sox player with 30 HRs in season and its youngest (22)

  • 36: Jose Abreu, 2014

  • 35: Ron Kittle, 1983


IT HAPPENED ON THIS DATE

Sept. 23, 1983

Steve Carlton of Phillies beats Cardinals for 300th career victory

1988

Oakland’s Jose Canseco steals

two bases to become founder

of the 40-40 club

1998

Houston’s Craig Biggio is first player with 50 steals, 50 doubles in season since Tris Speaker in 1912


BORN ON THIS DATE

50

Jeff Cirillo was born in 1969 in Pasadena, Calif.; he played 14 seasons with six teams

3

Players who have appeared

in MLB game in 2019 who celebrate a birthday on Sept. 23

  • 30: Trevor May, 1989 (2014-2019)

  • 31: Jeff Gyorko, 1988 (2013-19)

  • 35: Matt Kemp, 1984 (2006-19)


Sept. 23 birthday leaders: Games


Sources: mlb.com; baseball-reference.com; todayinbaseballhistory.com