Tigers re-sign minor league home run champ Mike Hessman

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Mike Hessman has struggled in some brief stints in the majors, but he’s racked up 417 home runs in 18 seasons in the minors … and he’ll back for another year in 2015.

Hessman, who’ll be 37 years old next season, has re-signed with the Tigers on a minor-league contract after hitting 28 homers for their Triple-A team this season.

Hessman is the International League’s all-time record holder with 272 homers and his 417 homers in the minors overall are the third-most all time, just 15 short of the record. Expect him to break the record in 2015, because Hessman has hit 28, 25, and 35 homers in the past three seasons at Triple-A and has topped 20 homers in 13 different seasons.