Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich has 21 home runs through 48 games, putting him on pace for 62 HR this season. Can he become the next member of the 60-HR club?
18 years after Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa were the last to hit 60 or more home runs in a single season, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich is threatening to do it again. In fact, through 48 games played this season, Yelich already has 21 home runs, which puts him on pace to hit 62 home runs by seasons end. More than any other current player.
In the history of baseball, only five players have ever eclipsed the 60-HR mark. According to Call to the Pen, those players have accomplished the feat a total of eight times.
- Babe Ruth, 1927 – 18 HR through 48 games | 60 HR overall
- Roger Maris, 1961 – 16 HR through 48 games | 61 HR overall
- Mark McGwire, 1998 – 24 HR through 48 games | 70 HR overall
- Mark McGwire, 1999 – 15 HR through 48 games | 65 HR overall
- Sammy Sosa, 1998 – 9 HR through 48 games | 66 HR overall
- Sammy Sosa, 1999 – 17 HR through 48 games | 63 HR overall
- Sammy Sosa, 2001 – 14 HR through 48 games | 64 HR overall
- Barry Bonds, 2001 – 26 HR through 48 games | 73 HR overall
By analyzing this list closely, you’ll see that Brewers OF Christian Yelich is ahead of every player on this list but two: Mark McGwire in 1998 and Barry Bonds in 2001. In both instances, each player hit 70 HR or more.
We discuss this in Episode #94 and more on the Welcome to THE SHOW podcast!
Episode #94 Contents:
(00:00) Intro – Christian Yelich on pace to hit 60+ Home runs
(12:59) Was Jose Ramirez using PEDs prior to his current slump?
(38:11) Manny and CT fill out their early All-Star ballot. Do you agree with our votes?
(54:17) Kahwi Leonard or Kevin Durant – Who should the Knicks pursue in the offseason?