Mark McGwire turns 46 years old today.
It amazes me that Mark McGwire has been out of baseball since 2001. And although back injuries, and a man named Pujols, have a lot to do with his exit from the game, you have to wonder how much more a healthy ‘Big Mac’ could have given us.
Mark McGwire is the greatest power hitter of my generation. Of all of the players that have played the game in the last 25 years, I believe he is the best single-skill player of them all. Not a good contact hitter, no speed, and not the most talented player with the glove, McGwire could do one thing better than anyone else – hit the ball out of the park!!!
McGwire retired from the game with 583 career home runs. He collected those homers in 6,187 at bats which gives him a home run in every 10.6 at bats over the course of his 16- year career. One has to wonder how many more dingers a healthy Mark McGwire could have crushed. 4 more years equals 160+ home runs which surpasses the 700 HR Club!!!
Happy Birthday Mr. McGwire!!!