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By: Jgeller Fri, 27 Feb 2009 17:07:57 +0000 Gerry, one easy way to continually check who has the most homers for one franchise regardless of who else he played with:
go to player season finder.
career seasons.
set HR minimum for 500 (or any other number).
search by team with players.
it'll show every player who hit that HR minimum for a team sorted by team.
it won't show the exact numbers but you can edit the minimum.

By: tomepp Thu, 26 Feb 2009 20:43:45 +0000 I wouldn't put money on Chipper, Pujols, Helton, or Giambi remaining on those lists - particularly the first one. Half the players on that list played all or a large part of their careers before the free agency era. Chipper and Helton have already poked a toe in the free agent market and/or been mentioned in trade rumors linked to their free agent status; and who knows how much longer the Cards can afford King Albert.

Also, many of the players added to the second list played the bulk of their careers for their first team, but played a final season or two for another team when they were no longer in the future plans of their first team. (Aaron, Mays, Killebrew, and Billy Williams; you could also make a case for Big Mac, who played the first ~70% of his career in Oakland, though his most memorable years were in St. Louis.) Of the guys added, only Bonds, Giambi, and McGwire played a significant amount of their careers for their second team, and only Bonds (so far - Giambi will likely join him if he stays on the list) played more than half their careers for the second team. This means that we'll have to wait until Jones, Pujols, Helton, and Giambi retire - or at least are near retirement - to see if they opt for one more chance with another team.

I live in the Philadelphia area, and I remember Schmidty's retirement coming as a big surprise to the Phillies and their fans. He was just two years removed from an MVP award, but was coming off of a disappointing season (by his standards) - only 12 HR in 108 games. If I remember right, he had a good spring training in 1989, but got off to a slow start average-wise. Still, he had 6 HR in the first two months, was among the league leaders in HR and RBI, and was on pace for 21 HR and 95 RBI - probably would have finished in the top 20 (possibly top 10) in each category that year. But Schmidt didn't want to play if he couldn't be his Hall-of-Fame self, and chose retirement over just hanging on to collect a paycheck and creep up the all-time leaderboards. Most people thought he could have surpassed Reggie, Killebrew, and Frank Robinson on the career HR leaderboard (he only needed 39 more HR to pass all three) and finish at that time fourth all-time behind the immortals - Aaron, Ruth, and Mays. Some optimists even thought he had a shot at 600. Still, he's currently 13th on the list - and I'd still take him over half the players ahead of him!

By: gerry Wed, 25 Feb 2009 22:40:43 +0000 Another list would be, who hit the most home runs for one team, regardless of whether he also played for other teams. In June 2004, when Bonds hit his 500th Giant homer, David Vincent posted a list of all the guys who had hit 500 for one team. At the time, the list was Aaron, 733, Braves; Ruth, 659, Yankees; Mays, 646, Giants; Killebrew, 559, Senators/Twins; Schmidt, 548, Phillies; Mantle, 536, Yankees; Williams, 521, Red Sox; Sosa, 520, Cubs; Banks, 512, Cubs; Ott, 511, Giants; Bonds, 500, Giants.

The list could use a little updating.