Raul, so cool…hits his 20th

by Bill Chuck on July 3, 2013

While others may be talking about Kendrys Morales hitting two homers and tying a career high with six RBI to lead the Seattle Mariners past the Texas Rangers 9-2, I’m more interested in the Raul Ibanez historic chase of Ted Williams.

As I wrote Monday, the Splendid Splinter holds the record for homers for batters at least 41 years old with 29 and now the 41 year old Ibanez, who hit 10 homers in June, has 20 on the season after his solo shot last night for the M’s.

Since 2009, when he was a 37-year old kid, Ibanez has reached the 20-homer mark every other season:

  • 2009 – 34 homers
  • 2010 – 16 homer
  • 2011 – 20 homer
  • 2012 – 19 homers
  • 2013 – 20 homers

This season’s 20+ homer hitters by age

Rk Player Born HR Age Tm G PA AB
1 Pedro Alvarez 1987 20 26 PIT 74 287 259
2 Domonic Brown 1987 21 25 PHI 83 331 306
3 Paul Goldschmidt 1987 20 25 ARI 82 356 311
4 Chris Davis 1986 31 27 BAL 83 346 301
5 Carlos Gonzalez 1985 22 27 COL 82 359 322
6 Edwin Encarnacion 1983 23 30 TOR 81 357 315
7 Miguel Cabrera 1983 26 30 DET 82 378 323
8 Robinson Cano 1982 20 30 NYY 83 358 315
9 Nelson Cruz 1980 20 32 TEX 80 332 299
10 Adam Dunn 1979 22 33 CHW 76 316 272
11 Raul Ibanez 1972 20 41 SEA 62 248 231
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/3/2013.

Senior Six

Raul’s head-spinning chase of Ted

Homers by batters 41+ years old

Rk Player HR Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB
1 Ted Williams 29 1960 41 BOS AL 113 390 310
2 Barry B*nds 28 2007 42 SFG NL 126 477 340
3 Barry B*nds 26 2006 41 SFG NL 130 493 367
4 Darrell Evans 22 1988 41 DET AL 144 522 437
5 Dave Winfield 21 1993 41 MIN AL 143 594 547
6 Raul Ibanez 20 2013 41 SEA AL 62 248 231
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/3/2013.

Let’s hope we can hear Eric Nadel call an Ibanez homer tonight. The Rangers Hall of Fame broadcaster left last night’s game with laryngitis, a broadcasting equivalent of a pulled hammy.

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