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With his 55th home run of the 2013 season last night, former Mariner and Reds player Wladimir Balentien tied the single-season Japanese record for long balls shared by Sadaharu Oh, Tuffy Rhodes and Alex Cabrrera.
With 22 more games to go, Wladimir needs one more “Balentien Blast” to become the Barry Bonds of Japan. However, as Sports Illustrated’s Cliff Corcoran points out, the feat might not be as easy at it seems. In reluctance to letting Oh’s 1964 record be broken, as he is seen as the Babe Ruth of Japanese baseball, and a bias towards foreign players, Rhodes and Cabrrera both failed to receive pitches to hit after slugging their 55th four-baggers.
In addition to his 55 touch-em-alls, Balentien’s 2013 slash line currently stands at a ridiculous.340/.464/.820 for the Yakult Swallows. In parts of three major league seasons, Balentien hit 15 homers with a .264/.352/.427 slash line.
To address the elephant in the room, Balentien was not one of the thirteen names linked to the Biogen...
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For most Westerners, the name Sadaharu Oh means little unless put in the context of a Beastie Boys song , but in Japan, Oh's name is met with the type of reverence generally reserved (in America, anyway) for those much more influential than baseball players.
With 868 career home runs, Oh is Japan's all-time dinger king (not to mention the all-time leader in runs, RBI, walks...
Wednesday night, former Major Leaguer Wladimir Balentien came one home run closer to becoming Japan's home run king.
As you might recall, the Tokyo Yakult Swallows outfielder tied the legendary Sadaharu Oh (and Tuffy Rhodes and Alex Cabrera, for that matter) with his 55th home run. And with 20 games to go...odds are he'll get number 56 pretty soon.
So, while we wait...
Wladimir Balentien was known for his ability to hit long balls while stateside but the outfielder could never produce consistently at the the major league level.
Balentien, 29, headed to Japan and on Wednesday tied the Japansese record for home runs in a season with his 55th.
Sadaharu Oh set the record in 1964. It was equaled by former major leaguers Tuffy Rhodes (2001) and Alex...
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Check out what Wladimir Balentin, ex Mariner, is up to…it’s pretty impressive.
Balentien hits 55th homer to tie Japan mark
Former major leaguer Wladimir Balentien hit his 55th home run of the season Wednesday to equal Japanese baseball’s season record.