MLB: Ken Griffey, Manny Ramirez, John Smoltz Close in on Major Milestones

Michael MedearisCorrespondent IApril 18, 2008

With the 2008 season approaching the end of its first month, there are already milestones that will be set possibly before the calendar turns to May. 

Ken Griffey Jr, Manny Ramirez, and John Smoltz are all approaching historical milestones in their careers.  

Griffey who is 38 years old and in his 20th season, is approaching 600 career home runs. Here is just four shy of that historic mark.

Manny Ramirez, who is 36 years old and in his 16th season, is quickly approaching the 500 home run plateau, just five shy of history.

Then there's John Smoltz, starter turned closer, back to starter, who is approaching the 3,000 career strikeout mark. He is just four strikeouts away from his place in history. 

Other milestones that you might want to keep an eye on are Vladimir Guerrero approaching 2,000 hits; and Albert Pujols approaching 300 home runs and 900 RBI.  

These chases should keep the early part of the season interesting.