Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Rafael Palmeiro, 1996 Score Dugout Collection #88
-The following year, B.J. Surhoff went deep 20 times in the first half and finished the year with 28.
-In 2000, Charles Johnson had 20 big flies at the break and finished with 31 altogether. The last 10 HR he hit came with the White Sox after the July fire sale.
-In 2001, Jay Gibbons and Chris Richard tied for the team lead with 15 home runs...for the entire season. Ugh.
-Aaaand no one else has reached 20 in the first half in the past decade.
So Reynolds has already done something no Oriole has since 2000, and if he can hit one out in the next few games he'll be in even rarer company. Brady Anderson's 1996 tally of 30 homers at the break is probably out of reach...but never say never.