Mike Hessman, 15 homers shy of the all-time minor league mark, contemplates his future


Back in July we made note of Mike Hessman breaking the all-time home run record for the International League with his 259th IL homer. He finished the year with 28 for Toledo, second in the International League. In this story by John Wagner of the Toledo Blade, Hessman talks about his bumps and bruises and about how much of a grind it is for a 36-year-old to go through a minor league season. But if he goes through one more, he can make some more history:

Hessman’s 28 home runs give him 317 in affiliated minor-league baseball, the third-highest total of all-time. While he needs four more homers to pass Nick Cullop and move into second place, he still stands 15 shy of tying the record set by Buzz Arlett. Hessman said he is not sure that would be enough to entice him to return to the field next season.

More enticing: the Tigers and Hessman are talking about possible coaching gigs.

I’m sure someone will put in a word for him with the organization.There might be an opening at Visalia next year.