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Top 7 Players with Most Home Runs in a Single Season

23rd February 2024

Is there an athletic accomplishment more Americana than hitting a home run? America has been celebrating home runs since the early 1900s. Think about how often the term home run is used in everyday metaphors of life. The home run is a definitive part of American culture, so home runs will always bring smiles (or frowns, depending on your rooting interest), and they will carry with them sheer excitement and wonderment. Many of baseball’s most memorable images are momentous home runs: Bobby Thomson’s shot heard round the world, Hank Aaron’s #715, Ozzie Smith’s unlikely blast to walk off the Cards in the NLCS, and Joe Carter stomping around the Skydome turf to clinch the World Series. This list will spotlight the players with the most home runs in a single season. Since there are some repeat offenders, only seven sluggers will make an appearance for their Ruthian seasons; hint and pun intended. In the words of the immortal Joe Buck, “Go crazy, folks! Go crazy!”

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Top 10 Longest Games in Baseball History

22nd December 2023

One of the great things about baseball is that it’s played until it’s over. It’s not possible to run out the clock or stall for time. And, the 2002 All-Star Game notwithstanding, there are no ties. Both teams have to keep playing until one team wins. And while that might be exhausting for players, it can be great fun for fans. The cost of going to an MLB game is well-documented, so when we get to watch more than nine innings, it feels like we’re getting a bargain. Every once in a while, games will go on-and-on-and-on and lucky fans end up seeing the equivalent of two whole games. That’s what happened with all the games below. Here are the ten longest games in AL/NL history, by innings played.

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Longest playoff games in MLB history

23rd October 2023

With the postseason in full swing, it seems the perfect time to look at legendary postseason games. And what can be more legendary than two games in one? There have been more than a few games that last 18 innings in the history of postseason baseball. And since extra-inning games don’t begin with a runner on second in the postseason, there’s a chance we could see additions to this list in the coming weeks.

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Players With 3000 Hits and 500 Home Runs: The Complete List

8th March 2023

3000 hits. 500 home runs. Certain numbers reflect a level of dominance in baseball that only a small handful of players are able to achieve. Fewer than 35 players have been able to rack up hits or slug home runs at a significant enough rate over their career to join either club. Fewer still have been able to join the even more elite club of players with 3000 hits and 500 home runs. These players are among the best of the best to ever step up the plate, combining elite contact and power skills to shine in their respective eras. Today we are going to run down the list of MLB players with 3000 hits and 500 home runs in their career.

Note: All the statistics and events referenced below can be found using the Sports Reference Stathead tool!

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