Toledo Slugger Owns Homers Record

Toledo, OH: Mike Hessman, infielder for the Detroit Tigers’ AAA Mudhens, hit a grand slam at home to reach 433 career home runs, taking ownership of the minor-league record, which has stood since Buzz Arlett racked up 432 homers—in 1936.

Despite the fact that the ‘Hens lost the game 10-8, Hessman’s teammates gave him an on-field champagne shower when it was all over.

“They’ve been cheering me on all year,” Hessman said. “I don’t like to talk about numbers and such, but they gave me words of encouragement every day. I was just happy to do it here at home for the good fans here in Toledo.”

Did you catch that? His teammates encouraged him every day. One of several reasons for that: Hessman lives in The Increase, and a man living in self-decrease so Christ can increase is a winsome influence on those around him.  See him tell his story here.