Saturday, February 6, 2016

A-Rod Slams into a Tie With Gehrig

ARod and Lou Gehrig are tied with 23 career grand slams, but who hits the most solo, two- and three-run homers?

A-Rod Slams into a Tie With Gehrig

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As soon as we heard that Alex Rodriguez had clubbed a grand slam to tie Lou Gehrig for the all-time salami leadership Tuesday (right), we wondered which player has the most career solo home runs.

So, we looked at the 27 major leaguers with 493 or more career home runs and (thanks in large part to baseball-reference.com), broke them down (see list below). Here's a little of what we found:

♦ All-time home run leader Barry Bonds has by far the most solo homers (450). No one else is even in the 400s. His 223 two-run shots are tied for third all-time.

♦ Long-time home-run king Babe Ruth has the most two-run (251) and three-run (98) round-trippers. Even if you threw out his 349 solo shots, his 365 multi-run long balls would rank him 72nd on the all-time list, just ahead of Joe DiMaggio.

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♦ Phillies Mike Schmidt (81) and Jim Thome (80) and sixth and seventh, respectively, when it comes to three-run homers. Schmidt's seven grand slams are tied for fewest among these 27, though.

Manny Ramirez, currently honing his skills in Triple-A for the Oakland Athletics, is just two grand slams behind Gehrig and ARod.

Rk.     Player    Solo   2-Run   3-Run   Slams     Total
  1. Barry Bonds 450 223 78 11 762
  2. Henry Aaron 399 247 93 16 755
  3. Babe Ruth 349 251 98 16 714
  4. Willie Mays 365 220 67 8 660
  5. Alex Rodriguez 334 214 68 23 639
  6. Ken Griffey Jr. 337 200 78 15 630
  7. Sammy Sosa 326 190 84 9 609
  8. Jim Thome 333 183 80 9 605
  9. Frank Robinson 324 185 69 8 586
10. Mark McGwire 306 197 66 14 583
11. Harmon Killebrew    277 223 62 11 573
12. Rafael Palmeiro 329 171 57 12 569
13. Reggie Jackson 308 176 68 11 563
14. Manny Ramirez 275 191 68 21 555
15. Mike Schmidt 291 169 81 7 548
16. Mickey Mantle 298 162 67 9 536
17. Jimmie Foxx 255 167 95 17 534
18. Willie McCovey 282 154 67 18 521
  Frank Thomas 287 158 65 11 521
  Ted Williams 234 192 78 17 521
21. Ernie Banks 261 164 75 12 512
  Eddie Mathews 270 183 51 8 512
23. Mel Ott 235 185 84 7 511
24. Gary Sheffield 268 158 70 13 509
25. Eddie Murray 247 173 65 19 504
26. Lou Gehrig 230 167 73 23 493
  Fred McGriff 269 162 53 9 493
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