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Back in what we've now come to regard as the Steroid Era, 30 homers before the All-Star break had become no big thing. But in the post-Mitchell Report, drug-tested world of Major League Baseball, it's once again eye-opening.
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis socked two home runs against the Yankees on Saturday, giving him 30 before June is even out. His total ties Albert Pujols (2009 for the Cardinals) for the most through June since 2001, when Barry Bonds hit 39.
In addition, Davis has set a club record for most homers through June and tied Brady Anderson's Orioles mark for most home runs before the All-Star break. Davis has 14 more games to break Anderson's first-half slugging record for the O's.
With Baltimore having played its 82nd game on Saturday, the matter of home run pace is just a doubling of numbers, so Davis is well ahead of the pace he needs to break Anderson's club record of 50 homers set in 1996. And if Davis does stay on pace and end up with 60, he would record MLB's first 60 season since 2001, when Bonds hit 73 and Sammy Sosa hit 64.
And if you're inclined to disregard the slugging totals of baseball's enhanced days, Davis could join Roger Maris (61 in 1961) and Babe Ruth (60 in 1927) in elite company.
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I can definitely understand the cynicism that he had, but I quipped, “Probably not”
“Nothing surprises me, but I would I be – if that was the case with Davis.”
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