MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -Frank Thomas hit his 500th home run Thursday, joining one of baseball's most elite clubs.
The Toronto slugger became the 21st major leaguer to reach the career mark, a milestone that has always meant an eventual spot in the Hall of Fame.
Thomas hit a three-run shot in the first inning, connecting against Minnesota's Carlos Silva and sending a 1-2 pitch an estimated 396 feet into the left-field stands.
The Metrodome crowd responded with a standing ovation for the two-time AL MVP. Thomas, as is his way, kept his head down as he rounded the bases. Toronto players spilled out of the dugout to congratulate him.
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