July 1, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Tigers' Mike Hessman becomes all-time International League home-run king

Monday's homer gave Mike Hessman 259 in International League play. (Robin Buckson / Detroit News)

Detroit -- Mike Hessman's season-long march into the history books continued Monday night.

The Toledo Mud Hens slugger became the all-time International League home-run king.

The home run came in the third inning of a 9-1 victory in Indianapolis, and it came against Jake Brigham. That gave Hessman, the long-time Tigers farmhand, 259 International League home runs, one more than a chap named Ollie Carnegie.

Carnegie had a 15-year career that ended in 1945. He actually played a season in Flint, and was Tigers property for a while.

The home run was the 404th of Hessman's minor-league career, 80 behind all-time leader Hector Espino.

It's doubtful Hessman, 36, will play long enough to reach that. He's told The Detroit News this year he knows time is getting short, and he has his sights on a coaching or managing career after his playing days are complete.

Hessman played briefly for the Tigers in 2007-08, and was re-signed this offseason for the main purpose of giving Toledo fans someone familiar to cheer for.

And Hessman, certainly, hasn't disappointed.

tpaul@detroitnews.com

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