Mike Hessman is the new minor league home run king.
Hessman, who is playing for the Tigers’ Triple-A affiliate in Toledo, hit a grand slam tonight for his 433rd minor league home run. By doing so, he passed Buzz Arlett for first on the all-time list in United States-based minor league baseball. Arlett had held the record for 80 years.
Hessman, now 37, has played a grand total of 109 games in the majors and made his last appearance in 2010 as a member of the Mets. There’s something bittersweet about setting the all-time minor league home run mark, but you have to admire his perseverance. HBT sends along congratulations for the accomplishment.
According to Lynn Henning of the Detroit News, Hessman intends to go into coaching or managing after this season.
CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.
The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.
Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.
“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”
The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.