Mike Hessman became the career home runs leader for U.S.-based Minor Leagues Monday night, hitting his 433rd in the seventh inning of a game between Triple-A Toledo and Lehigh Valley.
Hessman is an infielder in the Detroit Tigers' system.
"I don't follow the numbers, but after the season I'll probably do a little digging and learn a little bit about the guys I've passed," Hessman said.
Hessman, 37, has played 109 games in the Major Leagues for Detroit, the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets. He has not appeared in the Majors since 2010.
He was selected by Atlanta in the 15th round of the 1996 draft. Although he hasn't been productive enough for an extended stay in the majors, he always has shown good power, even hitting five home runs in 12 games for the Tigers in 2008.