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Revised MLB HR List (*)

By bullpenbrian - February 13, 2009 - 12:30 am Leave a comment.

Everyone understands Hank is still No. 1

Everyone understands Hank is still No. 1

There’s no sense in rewriting baseball’s record book because of the Steroids Era.

What happened during this period was real, some of it artificially enhanced for sure, but it was all real.

Begin changing box scores for the steroids era and you’re climbing a slippery slope with the rest of baseball’s unique and imperfect history.

Bud Selig has made it public he’ll consider tweaking the record books: convicted PED users being removed from lists as if they never existed.

It’s a bad idea, it won’t work and it doesn’t change in any way what actually happened on the field.

If Selig wanted to protect baseball’s most cherished records he should have done so a decade ago by taking swift action against PED use and not waiting until A-Rod’s admission to steroid use Monday.

Besides, Selig doesn’t need to remove Bonds from the all-time HR list for baseball fans to know Aaron is still king.

All we can do moving forward is keep working to further understand exactly what happened during the late 1990s.

Then, take what’s learned and put it into perspective for that period of time.

In the meantime, here’s the all-time HR list with guilty steroid users removed…in parenthesis is where the player actually stands on the current list.

1. Aaron (2) 755

2. Ruth (3) 714

3. Mays (4) 660

4. Griffey (5) 611

5. Robinson (7) 586

6. Killebrew (9) 573

7. R. Jackson (11) 563

8. Schmidt (13) 548

9. Thome (14) 541

10. Mantle (15) 536

11. Foxx (16) 534

12. M. Ramirez (17) 527

13. McCovey, Thomas, Williams (18) 521

14. Banks, Mathews (19) 512

15. Ott (20) 511

16. Murray (21) 504

17. Gehrig, McGriff (23) 493

18. Musial, Stargell (24) 475

19. C. Delgado (25) 469

20. D. Winfield (26) 465

  • Removed

1. Bonds 762

6. Sosa 609

8. McGwire 583

10. Palmeiro 569

12. Rodriguez 553

25. Sheffield 499

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