Yelich, Bellinger and Alfonso reach 30 HRs before All-Star break
A trio of National League sluggers, Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich, the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, and New York Mets rookie Pete Alfonso each reached the 30-HR mark before this year’s All-Star break (Yelich has 31 HRs while the other two have 30). They became the 31st, 32nd and 33rd players to reach 30 home runs before the ASG in baseball history.
It was the first time since 1998 that three or more players had 30 or more home runs before the All-Star break. In 1998 it was Mark McGwire with 37, Ken Griffey, Jr. with 35, Sammy Sosa with 33 and Greg Vaughn with 30
Here are five stats you may not know about players who have reached the 30-HR mark before the All-Star break.
- There have now been 43 times in MLB history that a player had 30 or more home runs before the All-Star break. The quartet mentioned above who reached that mark in 1998 is the most players in a season. In addition to this year’s threesome, three players reached 30 HRs before the All-Star break in 1994 (Ken Griffey, Jr., Matt Williams and Frank Thomas) and 1969 (Reggie Jackson, Frank Howard and Willie McCovey).
- Mark McGwire tops the list with four seasons with 30 or more HRs before the All-Star break. Others who reached that 30-HR mark multiple times: Ken Griffey, Jr. and Babe Ruth (three times each) and Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Willie Stargell (twice each).
- Of the 40 times a player reached 30 HRs before the All-Star Game (prior to this year’s group), 18 ended the season with 50 or more home runs. Two players reached 70 (McGwire 70 in 1998 and Bonds 73 in 2001), three reached 60-69 home runs and 13 ended the year with 50-59 homers. Eighteen players ended the year with 40-49 HRs and four players ended the year with less than 40 homers that season (Dave Kingman 37 in 1976… he had 30 HRs at the break; Frank Thomas 38 in 1994… he had 32 at the break; Jose Canseco 34 in 1999… he had 31 at the break; and McGwire 32 in 2000… he had 30 at the break).
- The 1990s had the most players with 30 HRs at the All-Star break with 12. The 2000’s had eight players and the 2010s seven players is next on the list. The other decades: 1920s-2, 1930s-2, 1940s-none, 1950s-1, 1960s-5, 1970s-4, 1980s-2.
- So, how many home runs will Yelich, Bellinger and Alfonso end the 2019 season with? The 40 times a player had 30 or more HRs at the All-Star break saw that player end the season with an average of an additional 18 home runs (18.07 to be exact). That puts this year’s trio ending the 2019 campaign with just under 50 for the season.
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L.A. Dodgers rookie sensation Cody Bellinger hit for the cycle in the Dodgers win last night over the Miami Marlins.
Bellinger became the 18th player in major league history to hit for the cycle prior to playing his 100th career MLB game.
The last player to hit for the cycle before his 100th career game in the bigs was Carlos Gomez on May 7, 2008 when he was playing for the Minnesota Twins.
The earliest in a career that any player hit for the cycle was in 1918 when Cliff Heathcote did it for the St. Louis Cardinals on June 13, 1918. It was his sixth career game in the majors.
TODAYSPORTSTAT-July 11, 2017
In honor of New York Yankees’ rookie Aaron Judge winning last night’s Home Run Derby, here’s a stat celebrating the MLB’s power-hitting rookies.
Judge and fellow rookie Cody Bellinger have over 20 home runs in their first seasons in the majors (Judge has 30; Bellinger has 25). Last season there were six rookies who had 20+ home runs in their first season in the big leagues (Tommy Joseph, Nomar Mazara, Gary Sanchez, Ryan Schimpf, Corey Seager and Trevor Story). That tied the record for most rookies with 20+ HRs in a season (it was also done in 1964, 1987 and 2006).
That record could be in jeopardy this season. In addition to Judge and Bellinger, there are eight other rookies who have 11 or more home runs at the All-Star break: Matt Davidson (18 with the White Sox), Hunter Renfroe (16 with the Padres), Josh Bell (16 with the Pirates), Trey Mancini (14 with the Orioles), Ian Happ (13 with the Cubs), Andrew Benintendi (12 with the Red Sox), Jorge Bonifacio (11 with the Royals) and Yuli Gurriel (11 with the Astros).
A pair of rookie outfielders already have over 50 RBI this season and could make a serious run at a 100-RBI season in 2017: The Yankees’ Aaron Judge (59) and the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (55).
Since 1901, there have been 43 rookies who reached 100 RBI in a season. The last player was the White Sox Jose Abreu who had 107 RBI in his rookie season in 2014. The other 100-RBI rookies this century are Ryan Zimmerman (2006), Hideki Matsui (2003) and Albert Pujols (2001).
The rookie record for most RBI in a season is held by Ted Williams with 145 in 1939. Walt Dropo is second on the list with 144 in 1950.