5 Things: Beltre and Cabrera Join 400 HR Club

CBS Boston

By Andrew Kahn

On-field excellence from both pitchers and hitters, as well a questionable off-field move, highlight this week?s recap.

Sluggers reach 400

Is Adrian Beltre a Hall of Famer? He hit career home run No. 400 on Friday, becoming just the fifth third baseman to reach the milestone (Mike Schmidt, Eddie Mathews, Chipper Jones, and Darrell Evans are the others who played at least half of their games at the hot corner). Beltre debuted in 1998 with the Dodgers, went to Seattle for five seasons starting in 2005, played a year in Boston, and has been with Texas since. He?s won four Gold Gloves but never an MVP. Using the ?similar players? feature on Baseball-Reference.com, Beltre compares favorably to Hall of Famers through age 35 (he turned 36 in April). Al Kaline and Eddie Murray are his two most comparable players. When you think of this era?s top players…

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