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Adrian Gonzalez, Raul Ibanez on record home run pace.

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How happy is Philadelphia’s Raul Ibanez to be out of Seattle? He’s 17 home runs happy, that’s how much.

How much does San Diego’s Adrian Gonzalez care that he’s playing in the most cavernous ballpark in all of baseball? He cares 18 home runs worth, that’s how much.

So that makes no sense at all, but you get the point.

According to Baseball Musings and Home Run Pace, Ibanez is on pace for 61 home runs this year. Adrian Gonzalez is very, very quietly on pace for 62.

If there was ever a time to root for “clean” players, this has got to be it. Gonzalez, the most underrated player in baseball, has been knocking dingers out of the park in San Diego for the past four years and I still don’t think anyone even knows who he is. Raul Ibanez has been underappreciated for the last eight seasons while mired in crumby Seattle and Kansas City. Neither has been implicated in the current steroid discussions.

On pace for 62 jacks.On pace for 61.

Roger Maris’ single-season home run record was never broken. There is something more mythical and more legendary about his 1961 season than Bonds’ 2001, McGwire’s 1998 and 1999, and Sosa’s 1998, 1999, and 2001.

The more I think about it, the more angry I get. How is a 47-year-old record broken six times in a five year period?

Bud Selig really needs to be ousted as commissioner and replaced with someone who respects the history and significance of baseball. Then we can dole out the asterisks like greenies.


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