Houston Astros fans, you likely knew Jeff Bagwell leads the pack in long balls but who comes in 2nd through 5th in team history? Let’s examine.
Houston Astros’ fans, April marks the 46th anniversary of Henry “Hank” Aaron slugging his 715th career home run to pass Babe Ruth—a play forever linked to the voice of late Astros Hall-of-Fame broadcasting legend, Milo Hamilton.
Aaron left the majors as the most accomplished home run hitter in history, only to become second all-time to Barry Bonds in 2007.
“Hammerin’ Hank” finished his 23-year career with a ridiculously impressive 755 homers. Meanwhile, the Astros have yet to field a member of the 500 home run club. Nonetheless, the rankings below represent the top five players in franchise history in terms of home run production while they played for the Astros.
In first place, Jeff Bagwell blasted 449 baseballs over the fence with Houston. Had a debilitating injury not cut short the latter stages of the immensely talented slugger’s career, who knows how many more long balls he might have launched.
The “Big Puma,” a.k.a. Lance Berkman, homered 326 times as an Astro, good for second place in team history. The switch-hitter wound up finishing his career with 366 jacks. Coming in at third,
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Craig Biggio belted 291, himself.
In fourth place, the late Jimmy Wynn blasted 223 for Houston. Wynn, nicknamed the “Toy Cannon” for his smaller frame and great power hit a shot so far into the upper deck above left field in the Astrodome that they marked the seat to commemorate its moon landing. It makes one wonder—could it have rolled onto the grounds of present-day NRG Stadium?
The fifth most productive Astros home run hitter was none other than Glenn Davis, with 166 four-baggers. Davis debuted in 1984 and spent the first seven seasons of his 10-year career with Houston. Along the journey, Davis hit at least 30 homers for the Astros in three separate campaigns. On his heels and closing in fast, George Springer sits at 160 dingers, about to dethrone Davis and break into Houston’s all-time top five.
Houston Astros fans, if Bagwell never experienced a career-ending shoulder injury, how many total homers do you think he would have wound up with before eventually retiring?