Cody Bellinger catches a Trout and a Nomar
With his 30th home run last night, Cody Bellinger has now joined a select list of rookies who have hit at least 30 home runs. Cody caught future HOF Mike Trout, Boston great Nomar Garciaparra, Twin great Bobby Allison, and Pete Incaviglia.
He also caught Willie Montanez and with one more home run will have the most home runs by a left handed hitting rookie in the NL.
Next on his list is HOF Ted Williams at 31. If you have been following our Chasing Piazza series you know Cody is on pace to easily break the Dodger rookie home run record of 35. That 35 home runs is also the major league record for a left handed rookie hitter set by Hal Trosky back in 1934. Only seven left handed rookies have ever hit at least 30 home runs. I thought for years that Jimmie Hall had the record at 33. I’ll talk about Jimmie Hall more when Cody hits number 33. Probably this Sunday at this rate.
Trosky had an interesting career. When you look at his baseball reference page you see a player who started with a bang but stopped playing at age 28 in 1941. I thought the war interrupted his career but the baseball sabr bio says it was migraines.
his career reached its apex in 1936, when he led the American League in runs batted in with 162, yet he has largely been consigned to historical obscurity. This anonymity is not only due to the reality that his career overlapped a triumvirate of Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, and Lou Gehrig, a triumvirate of future Hall of Fame first basemen who held a virtual lock on the position on the American League All Star teams of the mid-’30s, but also because, at what should have been the peak of his career, Trosky was sidelined with two years of severe migraine headaches, pain so debilitating that he became unable to take the field for days in a row.
From age 21 – 28 Trosky hit 215 home runs. He tried to come back in 1944 and 1946 but it didn’t work out and he ended his career with only 5748 plate appearances and 228 home runs with an OPS+ of 130. He had a short but brilliant career. The man once hit 42 home runs, drove in 162 runs, had an OPS of 146, led the league in TB with 405 and finished 10th in MVP voting.
Player HR Year Age Tm Lg PA Mark McGwire (RoY-1st) 49 1987 23 OAK AL 641 Frank Robinson (RoY-1st) 38 1956 20 CIN NL 667 Albert Pujols (RoY-1st) 37 2001 21 STL NL 676 Al Rosen 37 1950 26 CLE AL 668 Jose Abreu (RoY-1st) 36 2014 27 CHW AL 622 Mike Piazza (RoY-1st) 35 1993 24 LAD NL 602 Ron Kittle (RoY-1st) 35 1983 25 CHW AL 570 Rudy York 35 1937 23 DET AL 417 Hal Trosky 35 1934 21 CLE AL 685 Aaron Judge 34 2017 25 NYY AL 449 Ryan Braun (RoY-1st) 34 2007 23 MIL NL 492 Walt Dropo (RoY-1st) 34 1950 27 BOS AL 609 Jose Canseco (RoY-1st) 33 1986 21 OAK AL 682 Earl Williams (RoY-1st) 33 1971 22 ATL NL 550 Jimmie Hall (RoY-3rd) 33 1963 25 MIN AL 571 Chris Young (RoY-4th) 32 2007 23 ARI NL 624 Matt Nokes (RoY-3rd) 32 1987 23 DET AL 508 Tony Oliva (RoY-1st) 32 1964 25 MIN AL 719 Tim Salmon (RoY-1st) 31 1993 24 CAL AL 610 Jim Ray Hart (RoY-2nd) 31 1964 22 SFG NL 625 Ted Williams 31 1939 20 BOS AL 675 Cody Bellinger 30 2017 21 LAD NL 363 Mike Trout (RoY-1st) 30 2012 20 LAA AL 639 Nomar Garciaparra (RoY-1st) 30 1997 23 BOS AL 734 Pete Incaviglia 30 1986 22 TEX AL 606 Willie Montanez (RoY-2nd) 30 1971 23 PHI NL 683 Bob Allison (RoY-1st) 30 1959 24 WSH AL 638
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