Found September 11, 2013 on Fangraphs:
Many of my younger years were spent living in San Diego. As such, I got to watch a lot of the Padres and the Braves — the Padres, because they were local, and the Braves, because they were inescapable. As such, I got to watch a lot of Ryan Klesko, and of all the things […]

Balentien on verge of Japan HR mark

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...

Wladimir Balentien's 55 Home Runs

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 ties Japanese single season homer record

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...

Ex-Major Leaguer Ties Japanese Single-Season Home Run Record

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...

Ever wonder what ex-Seattle players are up to these days?

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.
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