Ten days after Clayton Kershaw ended his quest for career win No. 100, Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez reached his own personal milestone by joining the 1,000 RBI-club.
Gonzalez was stuck on 998 RBIs for eight games before inching ever so close with an RBI groundout in Monday’s series opener against the Atlanta Braves. He hit an opposite field two-run home run off Julio Teheran in the fifth inning Tuesday to become the 12th active player to reach the mark.
“It was great,” Gonzalez said of reaching the milestone at home. “The fans here are always great and always supportive. It was pretty cool.” The home run was his 10th of the season and he now has 35 RBIs.
As the value of an RBI has diminished in recent years with sabermetrics coming en vogue, Gonzalez has at least 100 RBIs in the last five seasons and seven of the last eight.
The one year Gonzalez didn’t reach the plateua he settled for 99 in 2009 when he was with the San Diego Padres. Last season he led the Majors with 116 RBIs, which presumably played a key role in winning the National League Silver Slugger Award at first base.