’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Active Hitters Most Likely To Reach The 500 Home Run Landmark
I had such a good time predicting the players that I thought would come closest to collecting 3,000 hits that I figured I will extend it to other baseball statistical milestones.
This time around, we will look at the ‘500 Home Run Club’ – another club that means longevity and supreme power.
Let’s get to it!!!
HM – Alfonso Soriano (372), Lance Berkman (360), Carlos Lee (358), Aramis Ramirez (342), Carlos Beltran (334), Ryan Howard (300), Vernon Wells (259), Matt Holiday (229), Mark Reynolds (181), Robinson Cano (177), and Jay Bruce (134).
10 – Paul Konerko. 422 through 16 seasons. Has not hit less than 22 homers in a single season since 2008.
9 – Mark Teixeira. Tex has 338 blasts and is just 32 years old. His numbers in 2012 dropped, but prior to that he had three straight season of at least 33 home runs.
8 – Ryan Braun. Braun has 202 home runs through six seasons. His numbers have increased steadily and he is just 28 years old.
7 – David Ortiz. Papi has 401 home runs through 16 seasons in the big leagues. For his career, 1 out of every 4.5 hits leaves the ballpark.
6 – Adrian Beltre. Beltre is just 33 years old but has been in the majors for 15 seasons. He has 346 career dingers and has hit 25 or more in 6 of the last 7 seasons.
5 – Giancarlo Stanton. At just 22 years of age, Stanton has 93 home runs to his credit. Even when not 100% healthy, Stanton is one of the game’s greatest long-ball threats.
4 – Prince Fielder. At just 28 years old, Prince has already hit 260 round-trippers. He has reached the 30-home run mark (or more) in the last six seasons.
3 – Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera just completed his tenth big league season. He has 321 career home runs, including five straight seasons of at least 30.
2 – Adam Dunn. Dunn is a slugger, and he rebounded in 2012 in a big way. He now has 406 home runs to his credit and is still just 32 years old. He hit 41 in 2012!
1 – Albert Pujols. Pujols is just 25 home runs away from the 500-mark. It is just a matter of time, and it will more than likely occur in 2013. Now, we just have to predict the month. My guess is August!
And there you have it – my opinion on which players have the best chance to reach the ‘500 Home Runs Club’.
Did I leave anyone out? Should my rankings be different?
Let me hear it.