May 18, 2015 2:16 AM
Miguel Cabrera and other home run leaders _ by country
The Associated Press
Miguel Cabrera hit his 400th home run over the weekend, and that milestone was more than just another round number.
Cabrera also took over the career lead in major league home runs by players born in Venezuela, moving one ahead of Andres Galarraga. In fact, Cabrera has now hit more homers than any other native of South America.
The record holder among players born in Asia is Japan's Hideki Matsui, who hit 175. South Korea's Shin-soo Choo may be able to catch Matsui at some point. He's at 123.
As for players born in Europe, that's a trickier question. Bobby Thomson of Shot Heard 'Round the World fame hit 264 home runs. That puts the Glasgow, Scotland native at No. 1 unless we count Andruw Jones, who hit 434.
Jones was born on the Caribbean island of Curacao, which is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. For what it's worth, the International Baseball Federation includes Curacao in its rankings as part of the Americas. Jones has played for the Netherlands at the World Baseball Classic.
Here's a look at a few other home run races by country special thanks to STATS for help with the research:
Dominican Republic: Sammy Sosa hit 609, making him the career leader in homers among players born outside the United States. Albert Pujols (526) may surpass his countryman eventually.
Canada: Larry Walker is the leader at 383. Justin Morneau (241) is No. 1 among active players.
Cuba: Rafael Palmeiro tops the list with 569, and active leader Kendrys Morales (114) is well behind. Jose Abreu and Yoenis Cespedes probably didn't come to the majors at a young enough age to threaten Palmeiro, but if Cuban sluggers are able to start playing in the U.S. earlier in their careers, who knows?
Mexico: Vinny Castilla (320) is the record holder, and the active leader is actually pitcher Yovani Gallardo, who has hit 12.
Puerto Rico: Carlos Delgado (473) has the lead, with Carlos Beltran (375) probably too far behind to catch him.
Other leaders of note include Carlos Lee (358) of Panama and Chili Davis (350) of Jamaica. And the career leader in home runs by a player born in France? That's none other than San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, with 26.
Here are some other recent developments from around the majors:
The Washington Nationals are only a half-game out of first place in the NL East, and they may have already played their worst stretch of baseball for 2015. The Nats were in last place, eight games behind the division-leading New York Mets, on the morning of April 28. Since then, Washington is 15-4 and looking very much like the pennant contender so many expected.
The first few weeks of the season can be deceiving, but fantasy owners still have to pay attention to the results, especially for players coming off injuries.
Detroit's Victor Martinez is hitting .224 with one home run after offseason knee surgery. The switch-hitter is 12 for 26 against left-handers and 12 for 81 against righties.
The Rockies lost Troy Tulowitzki (hip) and Carlos Gonzalez (knee) to season-ending injuries in 2014. Tulowitzki is off to a slow start this year by his standards, hitting .284 with two homers. Gonzalez is having an even rougher time of it, his average floundering around .200.
Manny Machado of Baltimore picked up where he left off before knee surgery last year. He's hitting .276 with six home runs.
LINE OF THE WEEK
Corey Kluber, Indians, struck out 18 in eight one-hit innings Wednesday in a 2-0 win over St. Louis. This was probably the line of the week even if Shelby Miller had completed his no-hit bid Sunday.