Wednesday, April 13, 2011
10,000th franchise homerPosted by Chris Jaffe
Monday night, little Brent Lillibridge, he of four career home runs in 146 games, hit the 10,000th homer in the history of the Chicago White Sox franchise.
That leads to an obvious question: who hit #10,000 for other franchises? Well, none of the expansion clubs are there, but almost all the pre-expansion ones are. The Sox are #15 of those 16. Only the Twins haven't done it yet. Entering today, they're at 9,513, so it'll take a while for them.
Below list the lucky longballers for each franchise, ordered by date of #10,000.
Date Team Slugger 5/27/1987 NYY Dave Winfield 7/10/1988 SFG Mike Aldrete 8/17/1995 CHC Sammy Sosa 6/5/1997 ATL Javy Lopez 6/30/1997 DET Raul Casanova 6/11/2000 BAL Mike Bordick 4/14/2001 OAK Miguel Tejada 6/20/2001 CIN Jason LaRue 6/22/2001 CLE Russell Branyan 7/24/2001 LAD Shawn Green 8/7/2001 PHI Bobby Abreu 7/17/2002 BOS Nomar Garciaparra 5/3/2006 STL Hector Luna 7/3/2009 PIT Ramon Vazquez 4/11/2011 CWS Brent Lillibridge
When franchises move, I include all totals, even when they change name and nickname. The same is true for teams that change leagues (which happened in the 19th century as the Cardinals, Dodgers, Pirates, and Reds all began in the now-defunct AA major league). Thus some totals may not match with the official records of some franchises as I don't think some NL teams acknowledge their AA roots, for instance.
History instructor by day, statnerd by night, Chris Jaffe leads one of the most exciting double lives imaginable; with the exception of every other double life possible to imagine. Despite his lack of comic-book-hero-worthiness, Chris enjoys farting around with this stuff. His new book, Evaluating Baseball's Managers is available for order. Chris welcomes responses to his articles via e-mail. Oh, and now he's on twitter.