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The Kings of Pop: Who Are The Five Best Home Run Hitters In Each League?

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Wednesday July 24th, 2013 

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The Home Run might be the most exciting aspect of baseball, and this year we have some players who are definitely spoiling us with the shows they have been putting on so far. One of these players is Chris Davis. Davis lead the American League in Home Runs at the All-Star break but he is not the only player who has enjoyed going yard numerous times this season. Who are the best Home Run hitters in the league right now? Here’s my thoughts:

By Dan Wanser (MLB Reports Writer) 

Whether you’re a casual fan who just enjoys watching whatever games on or you’re a diehard who eats, sleeps, and breathes the game we can all agree that everyone loves the longball.

This season, numerous players are entertaining us by showing off their power whenever they can with some mid-game fireworks.

From the big names like Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera to the rising stars in Yoenis Cespedes and we definitely have some powerhouse hitters who are fun to watch.

So who are the best Home Run hitters in the game today? Lets rank them:

Chris Davis 2013 Home Runs:

American League

 Number 5: Adam Dunn (White Sox)

Adam  Dunn

Adam Dunn has definitely put on a show in Chicago this year. Every time he steps to the plate opponents have to respect his power or they may be watching the next pitch they throw soar into the crowd.

Adam Dunn has definitely showed off his power this year.

In his 310 at-bats, The Chicago White Sox First baseman has deposited 24 Homers into the stands this season.

The Left handed hitter heated up as he team entered June but has cooled down a little in the last 30 days as he has only hit five homers in that period.

Dunn is not only a Home run Hitter however, his power has also contributed to him being 10th in the American League with 60 RBI’s in his 87 games this year.

Because of all this, Adam could be a viable trade option as the deadline rapidly approaches and many teams who are looking to make a deep playoff run definitely need to add some pop to their line-up.

 Number 4: Raul Ibanez (Mariners)

Raul Ibanez

Raul Ibanez has been a pleasant surprise offensively so far this season, and has definitely shown the entire MLB with the power numbers he is putting. At the age of 41 Ibanez is showing that you’re never to old to put on a show

Raul Ibanez turned 41 this year, but you couldn’t tell with the numbers he has put up so far.

Like Dunn, the former Phillies and Yankees outfielder has 24 round-trippers on the year.

Taking his age into consideration, The Mariners definitely have to be happy with his contribution to the team between his 24 Home Runs and his 56 RBI’s (18th in the AL)

Number 3: Edwin Encarnacion (Blue Jays)

Edwin Encarnacion

Edwin Encarnacion has come out of the off-season swinging for the fences. The Blue Jay is third in the American League in Home Runs and has definitely done his job for Toronto

Edwin Encarnacion has been swinging for the fences this year.

Up to this point in the season, Encarnacion has hit 26 Bombs which is third between only Miguel Cabrera and Chris Davis.

If this First Baseman keeps up, he will definitely surpass the 42 shots he hit in 2012

Number 2: Miguel Cabrera (Tigers)

Miguel Cabrera

Miguel Cabrera has is arguably the best hitter of his time, and he has not disappointed this season. Cabrera is looking to be the first player ever to hit for the Triple Crown in consecutive years as he leads in batting average and is right behind in (RBI as of Monday) trailing only Chris Davis – who he also trails in longballs too.

Miguel “Miggy” Cabrera is one of the best hitters in the game right now and is showing it this season.

Up to this point in the year, Miggy as hit 31 homers which is second in the majors behind only Chris Davis.

The Detroit Tiger looks to become the first player ever to hit for the Triple Crown if he can catch the front-running Davis in Home Runs.

Number 1: Chris Davis

Chris Dvais

Chris Davis has been the best Home Run hitter in not only the American League, but the entire MLB. Davis is the only player standing in the way of Miguel Cabrera winning his second straight Triple Crown. This First Baseman never fails to put on a show

Chris “Crush” Davis has been putting on a show this season.

With 37 bombs, Davis leads the entire MLB and has already surpassed his Home Run total from last year.

If Davis can keep his pace, he has a chance to beat Roger Maris’s Home Run record at 61.

Will The Oriole beat that record? I think he falls just short, but nevertheless he has been launching fireworks of his own all season and will most likely consider to do so.

National League

Number 5: Carlos Beltran (Cardinals)

Carlos Beltran

Carlos Beltran has been really good this year for the Cardinals, especially power wise. His 19 homers so far this year rank him 6th in the National League and if he can keep this up he would keep his St. Louis team very happy

Carlos Beltran has been showing off his power so far this year for the Cardinals.

He ranks 6th in the National League in bombs with 19 behind some of the best hitters in the game.

As the years go on Beltran is getting older, but with the power numbers he is putting up this year you definitely couldn’t tell.

Number 4: Paul Goldschmidt (Diamondbacks)

Paul Goldsmidt

Paul Goldschmidt has been a bit of a surprise to the MLB so far this season. The Arizona Diamondback has hit 21 Homers to this point in the season which many people definitely didn’t expect

Paul Goldschmidt has done his job and then some so far this year for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

As of right now, the First Baseman has had 21 four-baggers which ranks 4th in the National League

Coming into this year, I don’t think Arizona expected quite this much from Goldschmidt, and he has definitely performed a lot better than people thought he would.

Number 3: Domonic Brown (Phillies)

Dominic Brown

Domonic Brown has been huge for the Philadelphia Phillies so far this year. With 24 Home Runs he is tied for second in the NL with Pedro Alverez. Many people think that those homers should have been enough to put him in this years Home Run Derby, but they weren’t. Nonetheless, Brown is a great Power hitter, and hopefully he keeps it up

Domonic Brown has been a huge asset for the Phillies this year in what is only his second season in the big leagues, and the first where he is an everyday starter.

To this point in the season, Brown has hit 24 round-trippers this year which is tied for second behind only Carlos Gonzalez.

As we approached the All-Star break, Brown led the league in Home Runs at one point but has slowed down a bit since then.

Will the Left Fielder heat up again? I guess we’ll find out soon.

Number 2: Pedro Alvarez (Pirates)

Pedro Alvarez

Pedro Alvarez has been very good for the Pirates this year, and is a big reason that the Pirates are leading the NL Central right now. Can Alvarez keep it up? The Pirates definitely hope so.

Pedro Alvarez has been outstanding for the Pittsburgh Pirates this year.

With 24 Home Runs, Alvarez is tied with Domonic Brown and is trailing only Carlos Gonzalez for the National League lead.

The Third Baseman put on a show in the Home Run Derby this year but was out-shined by players like Yoenis Cespedes.

Can the left-handed hitter take his Pirates to the playoffs? With his power, I think so.

Number 1: Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies)

Carlos Gozalez 1

Carlos Gonzalez is the best Home Run hitter in the National League this season, and the power number he has put up so far are definitely proving that.

Carlos Gonzalez is without-a-doubt the best Home Run Hitter in the National League right now.

His 26 homers this season rank him first in the NL and tied for third in the entire MLB

The Left Fielder has been huge for his team this year, and is a big reason that they are still in contention to take the NL West.

Can Gonzalez do enough to keep his team going? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean he won’t continue to display fireworks of his own like he has all season.

The Home Run might be the most exciting part in baseball, its something everyone looks forward to seeing, and it can keep in a team in a ballgame.

From  Chris Davis to Domonic Brown, to Carlos Gonzalez and Miguel Cabrera there are some very talented players who can hit a baseball a long way. So who are the best hitters in the league? You have my thoughts. Feel free to leave yours in the comments below.

Prior to the 2011 year,  Bautista signed a 5 YR/65 Million Dollar Contract with the Club after coming off of a Franchise Record 54 HRs.  He hit 43 HRs in 2011 to lead the AL and take home a 2nd Hank Aaron Award and he was at 27 HRs halfway through the 2012 year when he was injured.  He just hit his 23rd HR last night, so watch out for his ascent into the top of the AL race, he is more than capable of tearing it up in the second half.

Prior to the 2011 year, Bautista signed a 5 YR/65 Million Dollar Contract with the Club after coming off of a Franchise Record 54 HRs (Led AL). He hit 43 blasts in 2011 to lead the AL and take home a 2nd straight Hank Aaron Award – and he was at 27 HRs halfway through the 2012 year when he was injured. He just hit his 23rd HR last night, so watch out for his ascent into the top of the AL race, he is more than capable of tearing it up in the second half.

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