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Home Run Milestones that Should Occur In 2012

I decided to do something a little different today. Instead of blogging about the latest news, or my opinion on something, I decided just do an entry on home run milestones.

Below you’ll find a bulleted list of the home run milestones that *should* occur in 2012. I say should because there’s no guarantee that any given player on the list will reach the milestone; they could get injured, have a bad season, or whatever.

In order to make the list, the player had to meet the following criteria:

  1. You can’t be a pitcher. Although there are some pitchers that can hit home runs, you won’t find any on my list. Reason being is that they’re not everyday players.
  2. You have to have hit at least one home run in the Major Leagues. There are around 50 players going into 2012 that haven’t hit an MLB home run, but adding them to the below list just didn’t make sense.
  3. You have to be closing in on an even milestone, like 100, 200, 300, etc. I din’t include anyone that’s a few homers away from number 50, 75, 125, etc. It just didn’t seem necessary.*

The list is organized by player name–team–milestone they’re going for–and how many home runs they are from that particular milestone:

2012 Home Run Milestones

Geoff Blum, Diamondbacks–Home Run number 100 (1 home run away)

Aaron Hill, Diamondbacks–Home Run number 100 (2 home runs away)

Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners–Home Run number 100 (5 home runs away)

Mark Ellis, Dodgers–Home Run number 100 (8 home runs away)

Kelly Johnson, Blue Jays–Home Run number 100 (8 home runs away)

Justin Upton, Diamondbacks–Home Run number 100 (9 home runs away)

B.J. Upton, Rays–Home Run number 100 (10 home runs away)

Orlando Hudson, Padres–Home Run number 100 (10 home runs away)

Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies–Home Run number 100 (23 home runs away)

Adam Jones, Orioles–Home Run number 100 (25 home runs away)

Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox–Home Run number 200 (5 home runs away)

Dan Uggla, Braves–Home Run number 200 (10 home runs away)

Travis Hafner, Indians–Home Run number 200 (11 home runs away)

Chase Utley, Phillies–Home Run number 200 (12 home runs away)

Justin Morneau, Twins–Home Run number 200 (15 home runs away)

Nick Swisher, Yankees–Home Run number 200 (15 home runs away)

David Wright, Mets–Home Run number 200 (17 home runs away)

Curtis Granderson, Yankees–Home Run number 200 (33 home runs away)

Jose Bautsta, Blue Jays–Home Run number 200 (44 home runs away)

Ryan Howard, Phillies–Home Run number 300 (14 home runs away)

Bobby Abreu, Angels–Home Run number 300 (16 home runs away)

Torii Hunter, Angels–Home Run number 300 (19 home runs away)

Miguel Cabrera, Tigers–Home Run number 300 (23 home runs away)

Paul Konerko, White Sox–Home Run number 400 (4 home runs away)

David Ortiz, Red Sox–Home Run number 400 (22 home runs away)

Jim Thome, Phillies–Home Run #610 to pass Sammy Sosa (6 HR’s away)

Alex Rodriguez, Yankees–Home Run #631 to pass Ken Griffey Jr. (2 HR’s away)

I don’t know whether or not you noticed the asterisk on criteria number three, but I did it because Jim Thome and Alex Rodriguez don’t meet the criteria of having to be going for an even number such as 100, or 200. Thome and A-rod were included in the list just for the fact that they’ve hit SO many home runs that they’re going for milestone home runs such as passing the games greats.

Whether or not you found the above information useful, I hope you at least found it enjoyable to read. I’m planning on doing a stats blog entry the first day of every month during the season, of the leaders of different categories from month to month. Similar to the one I did last season. So be looking out for that starting May 1st.

I apologize for being lazy and not blogging for nearly two weeks. I couldn’t seem to motivate myself to type one up, but I’m back now, and ready to go. Look for at least three blog entries a week starting Monday.

Top 5 Favorite Players-2011 Update # 1

I realize that only a few games have been played of this 2011 baseball season. But the games that have been played have been exciting. Every few games, I’m going to take a look at the stats of my top 5 favorite players(see the list to the right side). This is progress update number one.

HEATH BELL
He has only pitched in one game, but that one game pitched led him to his first save of the season. This leaves him 8 saves away from 100 lifetime saves. He’s someone to keep an eye on. (The Padres are currently 2-1.)

DEREK JETER
Having only achieved 2 hits in the 3 game series versus the Tigers, his current batting average in .200. But I have confidence that Jeter will turn this slow start around. The two hits he achieved(both being singles) puts his official hit count up to 2,928. Only 72 away from 3,000. A milestone that is well within reach for this season. (The Yankees are currently 2-1.)

TIM LINCECUM
Having also just pitched one game, versus the Dodgers. Tim looks to be off to a strong start. He lasted 7 innings with no ERA. (1 unearned run.) He did however get the loss. With the Giants winning the World Series last season, and with two Cy Young awards under his belt. I expect Lincecum to continue the elite pitching. (The Giants are currently 1-3.)

ALBERT PUJOLS
I don’t think anyone saw Pujols going 2 for 13, to start off the season. Although one of those two hits was a homerun,(putting him at 409 for his career). Pujols is not connecting with the ball all that well. I still believe that Pujols will quickly improve his game. Anything above the .154 average that he currently holds, is an improvement. (The Cardinals are currently 1-2.)

MARIANO RIVERA
Although he is considered to be ancient, in baseball years, at age 41. Rivera is showing no signs of losing his killer cutter, and thus pitching ability. Rivera is 2 for 2, in save opportunities and saves achieved. This leaves him 41 saves away from passing Trevor Hoffman, on the all time saves list. Rivera’s current number of 561, is an amazing accomplishment, that not many closer achieve.

OTHER GENERAL BASBALL NEWS

  • Boston goes 0-3 against the Rangers.

  • Mark Teixeira hits a home run in his first three games.

  • White Sox ground into triple play for first time since 1978.

  • Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz become first teamates ever to hit a home run in each of the first three games.

From now until the occuring date, I will have a tab to the right side with an updated road to milestones. (Derek Jeter’s 3,000 hit, and Mariano Rivera’s 602 save.)

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