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“Mr. October” was Called that for a Reason Print E-mail
Written by Bryan W. Alaspa   
Tuesday, 02 October 2012

The world of major league baseball is coming down to the end of another season. Teams are lining up, or making final runs, to win their division and get into the post-season. Fans are anxious, players are hoping, coaches are doing what they can. For fans of the game of baseball, this is the time of year when things really get exciting. However, throughout the history of the game there is one player who has become legendary for his play during the post-season, in particular his play during the World Series. His name is Reggie Jackson, but he was such a force during the post-season that he has become known as Mr. October.

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Inside-the-Park Home Run Heroes Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 01 October 2012
One of the rarest events in a Major League Baseball game is the phenomenon known as the inside-the-park home run. According to baseball-almanac.com, only one in every 158 (or 0.63%) of home runs were inside the park between 1951-2000.
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Back-To-Back Jacks Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Thursday, 13 September 2012

500 Home Run Club members homer in consecutive at-bats

It’s been said the most difficult achievement in sports is to use a thin, round, fragile piece of wood to hit a round hard ball that’s curving, dipping, sliding and spinning in your direction at speeds exceeding 90 MPH over a fence that’s more than 350 feet away.  But to do so twice, thrice or even four times in consecutive at-bats, is truly an achievement for the ages.

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State-of-The-Art Software Proves 500HRC Members Hit Some Of The Longest Homers Ever Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Thursday, 13 September 2012

On July 21, 1915, Boston Red Sox rookie Babe Ruth struck a prodigious drive that sailed far over the right field bleachers at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. The ball cleared the wide breadth of Grand Boulevard and landed on the sidewalk approximately 470 feet from home plate. That was the start of modern long-distance hitting, and a testament to Ruth's uniqueness that he was able to set objective standards of performance that have never been surpassed.

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For Most Major Leaguers, When you Hit 500, You Get into the Hall of Fame Print E-mail
Written by Bryan W. Alaspa   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012

There are a number of ways to end up in the baseball Hall of Fame. A lot depends on the type of player and the position that they play. Pitchers can end up in the Hall of Fame because of the number of strikeout that they have, or the number of times that they step into the mound. Sometimes a player can end up in the Hall due to the number of singles, games played or because they rack up a huge number of stats on the defensive end. These days, however, one of the most absolutely sure ways to end up at Cooperstown is to find your way into the 500 Home Run Club.  

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Fans Dig The Long Ball Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012

History of the Single-Season Home Run Record Reads Like a Who’s Who of 500 HRC Members

From the very beginning of MLB history, fans have cheered and revered those players capable of consistently hitting the ball into the stands more than all others.  While dominant pitchers and spectacular defensive players have more of an impact on a franchise’s winning percentage, it’s the “bottled enthusiasm” of a home run that bursts out to make a whole stadium full of fans jump to their feet in unison and celebrate like they’ve just hit the lottery.

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500 HRC Members "Walked Off" with the Glory Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012

In addition to hitting more home runs than any other players in the history of the game, 500 Home Run Club members also won key games with some of the most amazing WALK-OFF shots ever witnessed.

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Albert Pujols Breaks St. Louis’ Heart, but Still a Great Player Print E-mail
Written by Bryan W. Alaspa   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012

There are a lot of records held by Albert Pujols and before his career his through he is likely to hold a lot more. Without a doubt he is one of the most impressive home run sluggers that the game has produced in recent memories. During his time with the St. Louis Cardinals he was beloved by fans because of his output. When is contract with the Cardinals ran out in 2011, however, he ended up breaking the hearts of many fans by deciding to go to another team and use his skills for someone else.

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500 Home Run Club Members Hall of Fame Inductions Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Friday, 29 June 2012

Quotes from the 500 Home Run Club Members Hall of Fame Plaques in Cooperstown.

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500 HRC Members Shine in TV's Home Run Derby Show Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Friday, 29 June 2012

Home Run Derby was the name of a 1959 television show held at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles* pitting sluggers against each other in 9-inning home run contests. The rules were not unlike modern Home Run Derbies; however, the television show also added as an out any called strike.

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Baseball Fans Still Wondering if Manny Will Make His Appearance in the Big Show Print E-mail
Written by Bryan W. Alaspa   
Friday, 29 June 2012

It was a risk, according to most sports columnists in and around the Oakland area, for the As to decide to sign controversial player Manny Ramirez. While there is little doubt that Ramirez is a great player, his legacy has been tainted by accusations of drug use. At one point Ramirez even said he was going to retire than go through with the testing and suspension process that Major League Baseball had set aside for him. However, the allure of baseball was too much for Ramirez and, in December of 2011, he asked for reinstatement in Major League Baseball. Since then, the fans of the As, and baseball fans in general, have been asking: will he make his return to the "Big Show?"

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Locked and Loaded, When 500 HRC Members go on a Tear Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Friday, 01 June 2012

When members of the 500 Home Run Club® got on a home run tear, watch out opposing pitchers.  The home run heroics of 500 HRC members, including:

Ken Griffey, Jr., who made home run hitting look like child's play when he hit longballs in eight consecutive games during the 1993 season as a member of the Seattle Mariners.

Jim Thome, who muscled balls into the stands during seven consecutive games for Cleveland from June 25 to July 3, 2002.

Frank Thomas, who hit titanic blasts in six consecutive games during September 2007.

Manny Ramirez, who homered in four at-bats over the span of two games in 1998.

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Frozen Forever in Bronze: Orioles Legend Frank Robinson Gets a Statue Print E-mail
Written by Bryan W. Alaspa   
Friday, 01 June 2012

For fans of the Baltimore Orioles, there has not been much to cheer about in recent seasons. That seems to be changing with the team’s performance so far in 2012. The team currently holds down first place in their division, leading the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees. However, that was not always the case. There was a time when the Orioles were one of the more impressive teams, and the team itself is acknowledging that by unveiling six bronze statues of their great players this season.

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Pujols the Albatross? Slugger Continues to Struggle Under the Harsh Spotlight Print E-mail
Written by Bryan W. Alaspa   
Friday, 01 June 2012

Albert Pujols, without a doubt, is one of the most beloved players that ever put on a St. Louis Cardinals uniform. During his time with the Cardinals, his stats and playing skills showed that he was an impressive player who was destined for greatness. The numbers he racked up playing for the Red Birds then backed up those optimistic accusations.

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Notable Quotes from 500 Home Run Club Members Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Tuesday, 01 May 2012

Quotes from Hank Aaron

"I can't recall a day this year or last when I did not hear the name of Babe Ruth. I don't want them to forget (Babe) Ruth, I just want them to remember me!"

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Chipper Jones Chipping Away at 500 Club Print E-mail
Written by Bryan W. Alaspa   
Tuesday, 01 May 2012

It’s almost something you never see anymore in modern day baseball. A player who has been with one team for his entire career and for that career to be more than ten years long. However, that is definitely the case with the man named Chipper Jones and his time with the Atlanta Braves. Jones has been putting on the Braves uniform for rapid Atlanta fans since 1993, and in that time he has done his best to live up to his name and has steadily chipped away at the elusive 500 home run mark. Now, with over 400 of them under his belt, it looks like it will be a foregone conclusion that Jones will join that exclusive club.

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Frank Thomas “The Big Hurt,” put up Huge Numbers Print E-mail
Written by Bryan W. Alaspa   
Tuesday, 01 May 2012

Fans of baseball in the city of Chicago are a divided group. While the city unites in triumph or agony when it’s football season, the days of summer finds a city divided. For fans on the north side of the city, the fans are generally behind the National League team, the Chicago Cubs. For fans on the south side, however, there is the American League team, the Chicago White Sox. The debate rages all season long over which team is more beloved and which team plays better baseball.

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500 Home Run Club® Members' Tools of the Trade Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 04 April 2012

Sluggers chose their bats carefully, personalized them for maximum effectiveness

Some of the most enduring and popular memorabilia that exists to remind us of the amazing batting feats accomplished by members of the 500, 600 and 700 Home Run Clubs are the customized, game-used bats that have found their way into baseball lore.

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Thunder Sticks and Lightning Hits Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 04 April 2012

Only four major leaguers have both 500+ homer runs and 3,000+ hits

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Albert Pujols nears the 500 mark and 2012 could be the season he reaches it Print E-mail
Written by Bryan W. Alaspa   
Monday, 02 April 2012

Throughout the world of baseball, the treasured mark of 500 home runs has been a milestone that showed excellence and reaching it virtually guaranteed that the player would end up in the Hall of Fame. Over the years, however, with rumors of cheating and other things in the media about the world of baseball, some have stated that the 500 mark has been tainted. All of that may change, however, in 2012, as one of the most popular players in the game, Albert Pujols, nears the milestone.

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Thome Goes Yard Back-To-Back To Reach 600! Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 01 August 2011

“Big Jim” Thome proved he is one of the great power-hitters of all time (and a dead-lock for the MLB Hall of Fame) by crushing two “Thomenator” caliber home runs in two consecutive at-bats on Monday, August 15th against Central League Division rivals The Detroit Tigers to vault himself into the elite 600 HOME RUN CLUB. 

 

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