We really wish Jim Thome, dealt Saturday to Baltimore for two minor leaguers, had stuck around with the Phillies long enough to launch one more moonshot.
Not so much because we like seeing baseballs land in a different area code than where they originate, but because we really wanted to see him pass Sammy Sosa and move into seventh place by himself on the all-time home run list.
That would have mirrored nicely with former Phil thirdbaseman Mike Schmidt, who retired in 1989 in seventh place on the all-time home run list.
Here are those lists at each of those moments in time:
|CAREER HOME RUN LEADERS|
|Through May 29, 1989||Through June 30, 2012|
|1.||Hank Aaron||755||1.||Barry Bonds||762|
|2.||Babe Ruth||714||2.||Hank Aaron||755|
|3.||Willie Mays||660||3.||Babe Ruth||714|
|4.||Frank Robinson||586||4.||Willie Mays||660|
|5.||Harmon Killebrew||573||5.||Alex Rodriguez||642|
|6.||Reggie Jackson||563||6.||Ken Griffey Jr.||630|
|7.||Mike Schmidt||548||7.||Jim Thome||609|
|8.||Mickey Mantle||536||7.||Sammy Sosa||609|