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Minor leaguer hits 400th home run, but none came against the Sky Sox

Published: May 20, 2014, 8:23 pm, by Brent Briggeman

Mike Hessman hit his 400th minor league home run on Tuesday, a mark that surprisingly does not involve the Sky Sox.

Hessman, who came up in the Atlanta organization, has hit most of his 290 Triple-A home runs in the International League (the Sky Sox play in the Pacific Coast League). In his one year in the PCL – 2012 with Oklahoma City – Hessman hit 35 home runs but did not hit any against Colorado Springs.

Hessman, 36, became the sixth player to hit 400 home runs in the minor leagues. He is the first to reach the mark since Andres Mora, who played from 1971 to 1997.

The record of 484 belongs to Hector Espinosa, whose minor league career ran from 1960 to 1984.

Hessman has played in 109 major league games with the Braves, Tigers and Mets and has hit 14 homers in the majors.