Raul Ibanez connected for his 300th career home run on Saturday night, going deep off Ernesto Frieri of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Only 135 other players in baseball history have hit 300 homers in the big leagues.
Ibanez became the eighth former Tacoma player to reach 300 home runs in the major leagues. Or the seventh player, depending upon if you want to count Griffey, who did not come up through Tacoma but did play in one Rainiers game on a rehabilitation assignment in 1995.
Here is the All-Time Major League Home Run list for former Tacoma players, through Sunday’s games:
- Alex Rodriguez – 654
- Ken Griffey Jr. – 630
- Mark McGwire – 583
- Willie McCovey – 521
- Jose Canseco – 462
- Jason Giambi – 437
- Jay Buhner – 310
- Raul Ibanez – 300
- Tony Batista – 221
- Mike Sweeney – 215
I can never decide how to include rehabbers on lists like this. Griffey played in one game – it feels like cheating to me when we count him as an ex-Rainiers player. But Buhner also only rehabbed here, yet he was with the team for almost an entire month in 2001, and people all around town remember him as a Rainiers player that season. So, I included both of them.
I wonder if Tacoma can claim more 500 Home Run Club members than any other minor league team? Seems like a strong possibility.
- The Mariners closed out their final road trip of the season with a 3-2 win at Anaheim yesterday. The season-ending six-game homestand starts tonight.
- A swarm of bees delayed the game in Anaheim yesterday. This was clearly an attempt by the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees to overpower their parent club, but alas, the coup failed.
- In case you missed it, the Sunday feature story in The News Tribune remembered President Kennedy‘s speech at Cheney Stadium 50 years ago. The article has some great photos – check out the secret service sniper on the roof of the stadium in the background of the Kennedy-at-the-podium shot.
- Howard Lincoln stated the Nintendo of America has no plans to sell its majority share of the Seattle Mariners.
- As you can see from this photo, everybody – and I mean everybody – got involved in the Oakland A’s clinching party.
- Jonah Keri’s weekly MLB column for Grantland got around to the Mariners today.
- Former Iowa Cubs manager Ryne Sandberg was named “permanent” manager of the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday. He worked hard to get this job, managing six years in the minors – which is not a common thing for a Hall Of Famer.
- Cost overruns are becoming an issue with the construction of the new downtown ballpark in El Paso.
This week, I’m looking forward to the Mariners games against Kansas City. The M’s have a chance to play spoiler and knock the Royals out of the wild card race.