Edwin Encarnación joins 400-homer club

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Mariners first baseman Edwin Encarnación clubbed a two-run home run in the seventh inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Angels, boosting his team’s lead to 7-1. Not only did that mark his second dinger of the day, it gave him 400 for his career, becoming the 56th member of the 400-homer club.

After the blast, the 36-year-old Encarnación is now hitting .246/.357/.534 with 20 homers, 46 RBI, and 46 runs scored in 277 plate appearances this season. He is potentially in the last year of his three-year contract, but his controlling team — which may not be the Mariners once August begins — holds a $20 million club option for the 2020 season.

Encarnación seems poised for an eighth consecutive 30-homer season. If he’s able to keep it up for another three years, which is a big ask, he could even make it into the more exclusive 500-homer club, which boasts only 27 members.