Sheffield Hits Number 500 In Mets Walk-Off Win

Eric SalomonContributor IApril 18, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 17:  Gary Sheffield #10 of the New York Mets celebrates his 500th career home run in the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 17, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Mets outfielder Gary Sheffield became the fourth-oldest player in Major League Baseball history to hit 500 homeruns on a night when the Mets welcomed former manager Willie Randolph back to New York. 

The seventh inning blast tied the score at four runs each before Luis Castillo hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth.

Sheffield's 500th homerun, which was also his first hit as a Met, was pivotal to the Mets because it not only tied the score, but also because he hit it as a pinch hitter; proving the Mets can rely on their bench in clutch situations. 

He is the 25th player to join the 500 club. 

The Mets had an early 3-0 lead in the game, thanks in part to Brewer's pitcher Dave Bush who walked in a run in the first inning; Daniel Murphy scored on the play. 

The Brewers took a 4-3 lead when Ryan Braun launched a homerun in the sixth inning. 

Sheffield broke into the league with the Brewers in 1988, and has played with a total of eight teams during his career.

His career high for homeruns in a season is 43 with the Dodgers in 2000. 

He is an eight-time all-star. 

Many baseball analysts say that Sheffield is primed for the Hall of Fame because of his longevity, consistency and his newly acquired membership in the 500 homerun club.