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Most games with a homer, first 40 games of season

Posted by Andy on May 16, 2008

Here's a look more at fast starts by home run hitters.

This list is the most games with at least one homer among the team's first 40 games of a season.

                   Year Games Link to Individual Games

+-----------------+----+-----+-------------------------+

 Jim Thome         2006    16 Ind. Games                

 Albert Pujols     2006    16 Ind. Games                

 Willie Mays       1965    16 Ind. Games                

 Mickey Mantle     1956    16 Ind. Games                

 Ken Griffey       1994    16 Ind. Games                

 Luis Gonzalez     2001    16 Ind. Games                

 Barry Bonds       2001    16 Ind. Games                

 Hank Aaron        1970    16 Ind. Games                

 Mark McGwire      1992    15 Ind. Games                

 Willie Mays       1964    15 Ind. Games                

 Ken Griffey       1997    15 Ind. Games                

 Barry Bonds       1996    15 Ind. Games                

 Barry Bonds       2000    15 Ind. Games                

 Albert Belle      1996    15 Ind. Games                

 Dick Allen        1970    15 Ind. Games                

 Matt Williams     1994    14 Ind. Games                

 Mo Vaughn         1996    14 Ind. Games                

 Frank Thomas      1994    14 Ind. Games                

 Ivan Rodriguez    2000    14 Ind. Games                

 Mark McGwire      2000    14 Ind. Games                

 Mark McGwire      1998    14 Ind. Games                

 Eddie Mathews     1959    14 Ind. Games                

 Dale Long         1956    14 Ind. Games                

 Carlos Lee        2006    14 Ind. Games                

 Frank Howard      1968    14 Ind. Games                

 Ken Griffey       1999    14 Ind. Games                

 Jason Giambi      2000    14 Ind. Games                

 Andres Galarraga  1998    14 Ind. Games                

 J.D. Drew         2001    14 Ind. Games                

 Jose Canseco      1999    14 Ind. Games                

 Jose Canseco      1990    14 Ind. Games                

Unsurprisingly, it's dominated by recent guys, although some of the best home run hitters of yesteryear show up as well. Keep in mind that actual HR totals through 40 games will be higher in some cases (where the player had one or more games with 2+ HRs.)

Incidentally, Lance Berkman has the highest-ranking performance from 2008 on here, at 12 HR. But Berkman actually had 13 HR through 40 games. Chase Utley had 13 too.

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One Response to “Most games with a homer, first 40 games of season”

  1. I find it interesting, that ARod is not on the list. My impression (although apparently incorrect) was that ARod got off to quick starts.

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