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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The True All-Time Dinger List

As we mark the anniversary of the day Hank Aaron passed Babe Ruth's career HR record with #715, I will make the claim that the ranking of the all-time leaders has really not changed all that much since, even allowing for the tentative addition of steroid-era players not publicly linked to PEDs (though one has to wonder about, for example, Griffey's sudden power exploits at the apex of the scandal).  So here's the true top 19, and you can see the gaps where cheaters were deleted.




Hank Aaron 755 1
Babe Ruth 714 2
Willie Mays 660 3


Ken Griffey, Jr. 630 4
Jim Thome 612 5


Frank Robinson 586 6


Harmon Killebrew 573 7


Reggie Jackson 563 8


Mike Schmidt 548 9
Mickey Mantle 536 10
Jimmie Foxx 534 11
Willie McCovey 521 12
Frank Thomas 521  13
Ted Williams 521  14
Ernie Banks 512 15
Eddie Mathews 512  16
Mel Ott 511 17
Albert Pujols 510 18
Eddie Murray 504 19
Lou Gehrig 493 20
Fred McGriff 493






1 comment:

Chris said...

Absent his premature illness and death, Gehrig ends up near 600 HR and even nearer the top in runs and RBIs. Yet his tragic end made him legendary.