Catching and passing Piazza, still chasing Frank Robinson
It took longer than expected but Cody Bellinger finally caught Mike Piazza with his 35th home run on Saturday and passed him yesterday with his 36th home run. It was just a matter of time, and now Cody Bellinger holds the Dodgers Rookie home run record in a single season with 36.
Rk Player HR Year Age Tm PA OPS Pos 1 Cody Bellinger 36 2017 21 LAD 440 .967 *37/9HD 2 Mike Piazza (RoY-1st) 35 1993 24 LAD 602 .932 *2/H3 3 Corey Seager (RoY-1st) 26 2016 22 LAD 687 .877 *6/H 4 Joc Pederson (RoY-6th) 26 2015 23 LAD 585 .763 *8H 8 Frank Howard (RoY-1st) 23 1960 23 LAD 487 .784 *97/3H 9 Eric Karros (RoY-1st) 20 1992 24 LAD 589 .730 *3/H 10 Greg Brock (RoY-7th) 20 1983 26 LAD 543 .738 *3/H
With Mike Piazza now in his rear view mirror, the only reasonable record in sight is the NL Rookie home run record of 38 set by Frank Robinson. Frank hit eleven home runs from Aug 13th – Sept 3rd to get to his 36 home runs on this date. That was quite a run for Frank but he shot most of his bullets during that stretch. From Sept 4th on he only hit two more home runs and ended with the NL rookie record at 38. That was the major league rookie record until Mark McGwire came to town.
|Frank Robinson||575||36||15.97||36||38||NL Rookie HR||1956|
|Mark McGwire||368||36||10.22||40||49||AL Rookie HR||1987|
|Shawn Green||531||36||14.75||42||49||LAD Alltime HR||2001|
PA – this is the number of plate appearances it took for each player to reach 36 home runs. We used 36 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 36 home runs.
HR/PA – this is the home runs per plate appearance pace when they each hit their 36th home run.
Total HR through August Sept 3rd
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