The Kings of Pop: Who Are The Five Best Home Run Hitters In Each League?
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Wednesday July 24th, 2013
By Dan Wanser (MLB Reports Writer) Follow @danwanser
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.
So who are the best Home Run hitters in the game today? Lets rank them:
Chris Davis 2013 Home Runs:
Number 5: Adam Dunn (White Sox)
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 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 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 “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 “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.
Number 5: Carlos Beltran (Cardinals)
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 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)
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 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 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.
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