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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Dodgers bash their way to MLB history with record-tying seven 20-homer hitters

Home runs are dramatically up in MLB this season and that means some home run history will inevitably be made. The Dodgers fulfilled that idea Wednesday, entering the history books with a booming homer from Matt Kemp in the second inning of their game against the Rockies.

Kemp’s solo shot bumped his season total up to 20 and gave the Dodgers their seventh 20-homer hitter on the season, tying an MLB record for most 20-homer hitters on a team in a single season. The Los Angeles group now includes Kemp, Cody Bellinger, Yasmani Grandal, Enrique Hernandez, Max Muncy, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig.

The Dodgers came close to such a mark last year with six players reaching the milestone, and they managed to hit seven this year without three of the hitters from last year (Corey Seager, Chris Taylor and Justin Turner).

For those of you who were wondering how a team that has felt like it has been underperforming all season has remained in the position it is relative to the playoffs…..

 

QLE Posted: September 20, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: cody bellinger, dodgers, enrique hernandez, home runs, joc pederson, matt kemp, max muncy, yasiel puig, yasmani grandal

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   1. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: September 20, 2018 at 11:04 AM (#5748035)

And Taylor is at 17 HRs so there's an outside chance they could have eight players with 20.
   2. Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens Posted: September 20, 2018 at 11:08 AM (#5748040)
I wondered about the 2003 Red Sox, they missed by a single Bill Mueller homer.
   3. DCA Posted: September 20, 2018 at 11:44 AM (#5748084)
20 is a round number, but it's an arbitrary threshold. Another true statement: the Dodgers have exactly 1 player with 24 or more HR.

That's not terrible. Many teams don't have anyone with 24+ HR. But the Brewers, Cubs, and Rockies each have three.
   4. puck Posted: September 20, 2018 at 12:03 PM (#5748103)
Their September position player rotation is pretty crazy.

1B: Bellinger (left), Muncy (left), Freese
2B: Dozier, Hernandez, Utley (left)
SS: Machado, Taylor
3B: Turner, Machado
OF: Kemp, Pederson (left), Taylor, Bellinger, Hernandez, Puig

Geez, Muncy has 13 starts at 2nd base??
   5. AuntBea calls himself Sky Panther Posted: September 20, 2018 at 12:24 PM (#5748113)
On team home runs, Poz wrote this in December:

But do you know, right off the top of your head, what team holds the record for most home runs in one season? I didn't. I had to look it up. The team that holds the record: the 1997 Mariners with 264 homers. I would not have guessed that. In fact, I don't think I would have been able to name any of the teams in the top five:

1. 1997 Mariners, 264
2. 2005 Rangers, 260
3. (tie) 2010 Blue Jays, 257
3. (tie) 1996 Orioles, 257
5. 2016 Orioles, 253

After this year, though, I suspect everyone will know the team home run record. That's because assuming everyone stays relatively healthy, the 2018 Yankees should blast all those marks to smithereens.


Yanks currently have 245, so I guess he wasn't far off (except you can never assume that everyone will stay healthy!). I've barely followed mlb this year, so I can't say who's been injured.

edit: looking at a few preseason projections systems, it looks like the Yanks were expected to have something like the number that the 1997 Mariners had. I think it's fair to say they weren't projected to "blast the mark to smithereens".

   6. BDC Posted: September 20, 2018 at 12:57 PM (#5748139)
2005 Rangers, 260


I only remember them because I got on this jag of mentioning it in every thread here every time they hit a home run :) I think they were well on pace to break 264 and then faltered in the last week or so.
   7. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: September 20, 2018 at 01:25 PM (#5748159)

Yanks currently have 245, so I guess he wasn't far off (except you can never assume that everyone will stay healthy!). I've barely followed mlb this year, so I can't say who's been injured.

Yankees are currently on pace for 263, and they have Judge back as of a few games ago. It's very possible they will still break that Mariners record.
   8. Blastin Posted: September 20, 2018 at 01:35 PM (#5748166)
And they have some Baltimore games this weekend to run up the total. And "okay let's get rested" games against the Red Sox next weekend.

The Rays games are going to be annoying unless they can finally be killed before then. If we can just not lose before then, they and their openers can go away.
   9. Blastin Posted: September 20, 2018 at 01:36 PM (#5748168)
(except you can never assume that everyone will stay healthy!)


I think, had they actually stayed healthy, they would indeed be up at the mark by now.
   10. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: September 20, 2018 at 03:10 PM (#5748235)
But do you know, right off the top of your head, what team holds the record for most home runs in one season? I didn't. I had to look it up. The team that holds the record: the 1997 Mariners with 264 homers. I would not have guessed that. In fact, I don't think I would have been able to name any of the teams in the top five:

1. 1997 Mariners, 264
2. 2005 Rangers, 260
3. (tie) 2010 Blue Jays, 257
3. (tie) 1996 Orioles, 257
5. 2016 Orioles, 253


I knew it was the 97 Mariners, though I did not know the exact number. I also knew about the 96 Orioles, the previous record holder. The 96 Orioles had 9 guys on the roster with 20+, and may have fielded a team with all 9, but 2 of them were mid season acquisitions.
   11. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: September 20, 2018 at 03:25 PM (#5748247)
   12. Bote Man Posted: September 20, 2018 at 03:58 PM (#5748277)
Yankees are currently on pace for 263, and they have Judge back as of a few games ago. It's very possible they will still break that Mariners record.

It's quite possible that after his wrist injury his power will take some time to return, as it has for others such as Jayson Werth. Curb your enthusiasm.
   13. Howie Menckel Posted: September 20, 2018 at 04:05 PM (#5748279)
Sanchez needs 4 HR to be the 7th to get to 20 for NYY
   14. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: September 20, 2018 at 04:08 PM (#5748282)
2005 Rangers, 260


POP QUIZ: Name the 9 players on the 2005 Rangers with 16+ home runs. 6 of them should be easy, by which I mean that 6 of them I associate mostly with the Rangers.

C: 21
1B: 43
2B: 36
SS: 24
3B: 25
LF: 25
CF: 17
RF: 16
DH: 29
   15. Bote Man Posted: September 20, 2018 at 04:16 PM (#5748289)
Anthony DiComo @AnthonyDiComo
Wilmer Flores has been diagnosed with early onset arthritis in both knees. He is done for the season.

First David Wright, now Flores?? Somebody needs to check the water in that clubhouse or something!
   16. Baldrick Posted: September 20, 2018 at 04:18 PM (#5748292)
I got Soriano, Young, and Blalock. Complete whiff on the rest. Feel dumb about missing the first baseman, but have no regrets about the rest. I did think a certain non-HOFer might still have been around in 2005, but looks like he departed for good after 2003.
   17. Bote Man Posted: September 20, 2018 at 05:46 PM (#5748338)
Juan Gone, Oddibe McDowell, and...Toby Harrah??? That's all I got.
   18. RMc Has Bizarre Ideas to Fix Baseball Posted: September 20, 2018 at 05:47 PM (#5748339)
arly onset arthritis

Thanks to Fred G. Sanford, I can't see that word without pronouncing it "arthur-itis"...
   19. RMc Has Bizarre Ideas to Fix Baseball Posted: September 20, 2018 at 06:02 PM (#5748344)
Who was the last (non-strike year) team to have nobody hit even ten homers? The 1979 Astros, I guess, who hit a grand total of 49 -- including four by pitchers!

Jose Cruz, 9
Terry Puhl, 8
Cesar Cedeno, Enos Cabell, Art Howe, 6 each
Bob Watson, Denny Walling, 3 each
Alan Ashby, J.R. Richard, Joaquin Andujar, 2 each
Bruce Bochy, Dave Bergman, 1 each
   20. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: September 20, 2018 at 06:58 PM (#5748378)
Looking through some of the least powerful teams of the 80s and 90s. The Cardinals were last in the majors in homes every year from 1986 to 1991. In fact they were last by at least 10 homers each of those years. In 1986 the Cardinals hit 58 home runs and every other team had over 100! And they won 79 games! But Andy Van Slyke had 13 of those. So the 1979 Astros must be the answer. UnlessT

Jose Cruz also led the 1984 Astros with 12. The 1980 Astros were led by noted slugger Terry Puhl with 13.

The 1980 Twins were led by noted slugger John Castino with 13.

The 1989 White Sox were led by noted slugger Ivan Calderon with 14.

Enough noted sluggers...
The 1991 Cardinals were led by Todd Zeile with 11.
The 1990 Cardinals were led by Todd Zeile with 15. Nobody else but Pedro Guerrero had more than 7.
The 1989 Cardinals had only three players with more than FOUR home runs.

The 1992 Dodgers hit only 72 home runs. Eric Karros with 20 and nobody else with more than 8.

No team since 1992 has hit less than 80 home runs. No non-strike team has hit less than 90. Last year only one team hit less than 150!

We do have the outlier of the 2009 Mets, who both had no sluggers and kept cycling through players, meaning they were ALMOST led by a 40-year-old Gary Sheffield with 10 in 268 at-bats.
   21. cardsfanboy Posted: September 20, 2018 at 09:16 PM (#5748488)
1986 the Cardinals hit 58 home runs


In those years in St Louis, it was a tradition to compare the Cardinals team to Roger Maris and count to the time when they finally pass him(or in this case not pass him)
   22. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: September 20, 2018 at 09:59 PM (#5748518)
Feel dumb about missing the first baseman, but have no regrets about the rest.


Did BB-REF do a purge of their nicknames? I could have sworn he had the nickname of "Wall Street" at one point.
   23. BDC Posted: September 20, 2018 at 10:35 PM (#5748547)
RMc answered his own question correctly with the 1979 Astros.

The 1992 Dodgers and 1991 Cardinals are the last teams but one to have only one player in double figures in HR.

The last team to have only one player reach 10 was led by a guy who hit just 11 home runs, and it happened within the last decade. That team had mostly terrible hitters, but also had only two qualifiers for the batting title (the guy who hit 11 for them played just 101 games).

That team did feature a rookie who has gone on to hit 190 home runs and is still fairly young. He hit only one in his rookie season.
   24. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: September 20, 2018 at 10:58 PM (#5748573)
The 1992 Dodgers and 1991 Cardinals are the last teams but one to have only one player in double figures in HR.

The last team to have only one player reach 10 was led by a guy who hit just 11 home runs, and it happened within the last decade.


I can't reconcile these 2 sentences. What am I missing?
   25. QLE Posted: September 20, 2018 at 11:14 PM (#5748590)
I can't reconcile these 2 sentences. What am I missing?


There's one team that has had only one player hit 10 or more home runs since the 1992 Dodgers- the sentences aren't contradictory, but they do take a minute to parse.
   26. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: September 20, 2018 at 11:20 PM (#5748597)
There's one team that has had only one player hit 10 or more home runs since the 1992 Dodgers- the sentences aren't contradictory, but they do take a minute to parse.


They are. If the 1992 Dodgers and the 1991 Cardinals are the last teams to have only 1 player in double digits, how can there be one in the last 10 years?

edit: OK, the last teams but 1. I knew I had to be missing something. I read it as the last teams to HAVE but 1.

The 2011 Padres are the team. Rizzo was the rookie.

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