Seattle’s Nelson Cruz slugged his 30th HR of the season yesterday, the fourth consecutive year that he has hit 30 or more home runs in a season (he has a current streak of three consecutive seasons with 40 home runs).
He may, however, have his eye on reaching 40 for the 2017 season. If he can reach 40 HRs by the end of this year, he would not only become the 26th player in MLB history to have four 40-HR seasons, but he would also become only the 15th player in baseball history to have four consecutive 40-HR seasons.
Babe Ruth tops the list of 40-HR seasons with 11, followed by Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Harmon Killebrew and Hank Aaron with eight.
Ruth also holds the record for most consecutive 40-HR seasons with seven. Here are the 15 players who have hit 40 home runs in four or more consecutive seasons.
7: Babe Ruth
6: Alex Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa
5: Barry Bonds, Adam Dunn, Ken Griffey, Jr., Ralph Kiner, Duke Snider
4: Ernie Banks, Ryan Howard, Harmon Killebrew, Mark McGwire, Albert Pujols, Jim Thome