Chasing Piazza/Robinson/Green/McGwire/Judge on Aug 9th

Cody Bellinger now has 33 home runs and is well on his way to obliterating the LAD rookie home run record of 35 by Mike Piazza.  He continues to outpace Frank Robinson and looks like a good bet to end the year with at least forty home runs and the NL Rookie Home Run record which currently stands at 38.

He has also moved within striking distance of the all time Rookie record of 49 by Mark McGwire.  Course he would have to beat Aaron Judge first who still has a two home run lead on Bellinger.

Shawn Green is about to hit three home runs in one game so while Cody is currently in front of the LAD all time home record pace of 49, it won’t be for long unless Cody continues his own torrid pace.

Player PA HR HR/PA Aug 9th Total Leader Year
Mike Piazza 576 33 17.45 22 35 LAD Rookie HR 1993
Frank Robinson 543 33 16.45 25 38 NL Rookie HR 1956
Mark McGwire 330 33 10.00 37 49 AL Rookie HR 1987
Shawn Green 515 33 15.61 31 49 LAD Alltime HR 2001
Cody Bellinger 389 33 11.52 33 ??? Chasing 2017
Aaron Judge 437 33 13.24 35 ??? Chasing 2017

f this confusing here is a quick legend.

PA – this is the number of plate appearances it took for each player to reach 33 home runs. We used 33 home runs because that is where Bellinger is right now. This would be within 4 PA of accuracy as I didn’t check the game log for the specific plate appearance they hit the home run.

HR – This is a marker showing you 33 home runs.

HR/PA – this is the home runs per plate appearance pace when they each hit their 33rd home run.

Total HR through August 9th

Total – season home run total

Leader – this is why they are on the list. For example Mike Piazza is the LAD Rookie Home Run Leader

Year – this is the year they accomplished the home run record that Cody Bellinger is chasing



  1. 68elcamino427





    • 68elcamino427

      Home Run per Plate Appearance is key.

      BELLINGER has been steady at the 11 per rate all season.
      Playing everyday.
      This is a real elite level.
      Just behind Ruth and McGwire.

      A list of those at the 12 per PA level since 1913 for their career would provide a nice perspective.
      Or, just ask Grienke for his opinion …


      • Yeah, I hope to do that at the end of the year once we see where he finishes in the HR/PA


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