Baltimore Orioles slugger Pedro Alvarez clubbed his 20th home run of the season on Friday night. We normally wouldn’t be posting a run-of-the-mill 20th homer, so you know something happened with this one:
Yes, the Orioles now have six players with at least 20 homers. That makes them the 19th team in MLB history with six or more 20-plus homer guys. Pretty impressive.
In order to join the even more exclusive club and become co-record holders with seven, though, Matt Wieters needs to get hot. He has 12 homers and is the next closest to 20 on the O’s.
For those curious and/or looking for a trip down Memory Lane, here are the teams the Orioles joined on Friday night, thanks to baseball-reference.com’s play index:
|1||2010||Toronto Blue Jays||AL||7||Jose Bautista / John Buck / Edwin Encarnacion / Aaron Hill / Adam Lind / Lyle Overbay / Vernon Wells|
|2||2009||New York Yankees||AL||7||Robinson Cano / Johnny Damon / Hideki Matsui / Jorge Posada / Alex Rodriguez / Nick Swisher / Mark Teixeira|
|3||2005||Texas Rangers||AL||7||Rod Barajas / Hank Blalock / David Dellucci / Kevin Mench / Alfonso Soriano / Mark Teixeira / Michael Young|
|4||2000||Toronto Blue Jays||AL||7||Tony Batista / Jose Cruz / Carlos Delgado / Darrin Fletcher / Brad Fullmer / Raul Mondesi / Shannon Stewart|
|5||1996||Baltimore Orioles||AL||7||Roberto Alomar / Brady Anderson / Bobby Bonilla / Chris Hoiles / Rafael Palmeiro / Cal Ripken / B.J. Surhoff|
|6||2009||Texas Rangers||AL||6||Hank Blalock / Marlon Byrd / Nelson Cruz / Chris Davis / Ian Kinsler / Michael Young|
|7||2008||Chicago White Sox||AL||6||Jermaine Dye / Paul Konerko / Carlos Quentin / Alexei Ramirez / Nick Swisher / Jim Thome|
|8||2004||Chicago White Sox||AL||6||Joe Crede / Paul Konerko / Carlos Lee / Aaron Rowand / Juan Uribe / Jose Valentin|
|9||2004||New York Yankees||AL||6||Derek Jeter / Hideki Matsui / Jorge Posada / Alex Rodriguez / Gary Sheffield / Bernie Williams|
|10||2003||Atlanta Braves||NL||6||Vinny Castilla / Marcus Giles / Andruw Jones / Chipper Jones / Javy Lopez / Gary Sheffield|
|11||2003||Boston Red Sox||AL||6||Nomar Garciaparra / Kevin Millar / Trot Nixon / David Ortiz / Manny Ramirez / Jason Varitek|
|12||2001||Cleveland Indians||AL||6||Roberto Alomar / Russell Branyan / Ellis Burks / Marty Cordova / Juan Gonzalez / Jim Thome|
|13||1999||Texas Rangers||AL||6||Juan Gonzalez / Rusty Greer / Rafael Palmeiro / Ivan Rodriguez / Lee Stevens / Todd Zeile|
|14||1997||Seattle Mariners||AL||6||Jay Buhner / Russ Davis / Ken Griffey / Edgar Martinez / Alex Rodriguez / Paul Sorrento|
|15||1986||Detroit Tigers||AL||6||Darnell Coles / Darrell Evans / Kirk Gibson / Lance Parrish / Alan Trammell / Lou Whitaker|
|16||1965||Milwaukee Braves||NL||6||Hank Aaron / Felipe Alou / Mack Jones / Eddie Mathews / Gene Oliver / Joe Torre|
|17||1964||Minnesota Twins||AL||6||Bob Allison / Jimmie Hall / Harmon Killebrew / Don Mincher / Tony Oliva / Zoilo Versalles|
|18||1961||New York Yankees||AL||6||Yogi Berra / Johnny Blanchard / Elston Howard / Mickey Mantle / Roger Maris / Bill Skowron|
Some real fun ones in there. How about the ’65 Braves? The ’61 Yankees obviously stand out with Maris’ 61-homer season and Mantle being there. Of course, we have the 1997-2004 glut.
The big upset? I know they haven’t been around too long, but it’s a bit shocking to see no Colorado Rockies teams.
Zero in on No. 5, though. The 1996 Orioles had seven players with at least 20 homers. Brady Anderson had 50 while Rafael Palmeiro chipped in 39. This year’s Orioles have 213 homers while last year’s had 217. The latter ranks second in club history and will soon be surpassed by 2016’s team. The ’96 bunch hit a whopping 257 for the franchise record in a blowout.
These Orioles have 28 games to close the gap, though, so there’s a chance.
Speaking of which, the Orioles could make history on another front here. Mark Trumbo hit his 41st homer on Friday while Manny Machado and Chris Davis each hit their 33rd, respectively. They’ve also gotten 24 Adam Jones homers and 21 from Jonathan Schoop.
Let’s focus in on Machado and Davis. With Trumbo already to 40 and those two well within range, the team could feasibly get three to 40. Having three 40-plus home run players on the same team would be something pretty cool. And historic.
In fact, if Machado and Davis each hit seven more home runs this season, the Orioles will become the first American League team ever with three 40-plus homer guys. The Blue Jays fell one Edwin Encarnacion homer short last season.
There have been three NL teams to pull this off. The 1996-97 Rockies and the 1973 Braves, with Hank Aaron, Darrell Evans and Davey Johnson.
The simple takeaway: These Orioles hit lots of home runs.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / WATCH: Pedro Alvarez homers to put the Orioles in an elite group