Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Single Season Homerun Record

No time for Hot Stove or Sleeper analysis today, but in anticipation of Mark McGwire's impending public castigation, I would like to provide my interpretation of the actual single season home run records, without Big Mac, Slammin' Sammy, Baroid Bonds, and the rest of 'em. Let's see how it looks...

First, the Top 50 list (Year / Player / Homeruns)...

2001 Barry Bonds 73
1998 Mark McGwire 70
1998 Sammy Sosa 66
1999 Mark McGwire 65
2001 Sammy Sosa 64
1999 Sammy Sosa 63
1961 Roger Maris 61
1927 Babe Ruth 60
1921 Babe Ruth 59
1932 Jimmie Foxx 58
1938 Hank Greenberg 58
2006 Ryan Howard 58
1997 Mark McGwire 58
2001 Luis Gonzalez 57
2002 Alex Rodriguez 57
1998 Ken Griffey, Jr. 56
1997 Ken Griffey, Jr. 56
1930 Hack Wilson 56
1949 Ralph Kiner 54
1961 Mickey Mantle 54
2006 David Ortiz 54
2007 Alex Rodriguez 54
1928 Babe Ruth 54
1920 Babe Ruth 54
1977 George Foster 52
1956 Mickey Mantle 52
1965 Willie Mays 52
1996 Mark McGwire 52
2001 Alex Rodriguez 52
2002 Jim Thome 52
1990 Cecil Fielder 51
2005 Andruw Jones 51
1947 Ralph Kiner 51
1955 Willie Mays 51
1947 Johnny Mize 51
1996 Brady Anderson 50
1995 Albert Belle 50
2007 Prince Fielder 50
1938 Jimmie Foxx 50
2000 Sammy Sosa 50
1998 Greg Vaughn 50
1998 Albert Belle 49
2000 Barry Bonds 49
1987 Andre Dawson 49
1936 Lou Gehrig 49
1934 Lou Gehrig 49
2001 Shawn Green 49
1996 Ken Griffey, Jr. 49
2001 Todd Helton 49
1964 Harmon Killebrew 49
1969 Harmon Killebrew 49
1954 Ted Kluszewski 49
1962 Willie Mays 49
1987 Mark McGwire 49
2006 Albert Pujols 49
1966 Frank Robinson 49
1930 Babe Ruth 49
2002 Sammy Sosa 49
2001 Jim Thome 49
1997 Larry Walker 49

*Note, there are 60 players on the Top 50 list above because of all the guys tied with 49 HR's. The 'Top 50' list below has 52 players, with a bunch tied at 48 HR's.

While removing the usual suspects, I find myself hesitant to cross off three players from the list. So, I'm going to leave them in. See if you can spot them (the three are revealed after the list)...

1961 Roger Maris 61
1927 Babe Ruth 60
1921 Babe Ruth 59
1932 Jimmie Foxx 58
1938 Hank Greenberg 58
2006 Ryan Howard 58
2001 Luis Gonzalez 57
1930 Hack Wilson 56
1997 Ken Griffey, Jr. 56
1998 Ken Griffey, Jr. 56
1920 Babe Ruth 54
1928 Babe Ruth 54
1949 Ralph Kiner 54
1961 Mickey Mantle 54
1956 Mickey Mantle 52
1965 Willie Mays 52
1977 George Foster 52
2002 Jim Thome 52
1947 Johnny Mize 51
1947 Ralph Kiner 51
1955 Willie Mays 51
1990 Cecil Fielder 51
1938 Jimmie Foxx 50
1995 Albert Belle 50
1998 Greg Vaughn 50
2007 Prince Fielder 50
1930 Babe Ruth 49
1934 Lou Gehrig 49
1936 Lou Gehrig 49
1954 Ted Kluszewski 49
1962 Willie Mays 49
1964 Harmon Killebrew 49
1966 Frank Robinson 49
1969 Harmon Killebrew 49
1987 Andre Dawson 49
1996 Ken Griffey, Jr. 49
1997 Larry Walker 49
1998 Albert Belle 49
2001 Jim Thome 49
2001 Shawn Green 49
2001 Todd Helton 49
2006 Albert Pujols 49
1933 Jimmie Foxx 48
1962 Harmon Killebrew 48
1969 Frank Howard 48
1971 Willie Stargell 48
1979 Dave Kingman 48
1980 Mike Schmidt 48
1996 Albert Belle 48
1999 Ken Griffey, Jr. 48
2004 Adrian Beltre 48
2008 Ryan Howard 48

It's nice to see Roger Maris and Babe Ruth back at the top of this list. It's staggering to see Ryan Howard sitting there with 58, and - yes - Luis Gonzalez is one of the guys I probably should have taken off the list. There have certainly been more than whispers with Luis, but I still think he's engendered enough goodwill in numerous communities to have earned the benefit of the doubt. For how long? I don't know.

Did I remove anyone who should have stayed on this list? I doubt it.

The other two players I wanted to remove from the second list, but left for varying reasons were Adrian Beltre and Albert Pujols. Are there questions around Albert Belle? Should there be doubts with Shawn Green? Greg Vaughn? I guess this is where the discussion stops being fun.

Let's take comfort in the names at the very top of the second list.

Maris. Ruth. Foxx. Greenberg.

Two of those greats are, with Lou Gehrig, in the picture below...


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