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  • Most Career HR at each batting order position

    Name the player with the most career home runs in each spot of the batting order.

    I'll start with Rickey Henderson in the leadoff spot since I think this fact is very well known.

    batting 1st - Rickey Henderson (293)
    batting 2nd - Ryne Sandberg (186)
    batting 3rd - Babe Ruth (549*)
    batting 4th - Lou Gehrig (383)
    batting 5th - Jimmie Foxx (203)
    batting 6th - Graig Nettles (143)
    batting 7th - Javy Lopez (84)
    batting 8th - Del Crandall (109)
    batting 9th - Rick Dempsey and Mike Bordick (42)

    * since 1919
    Last edited by GiambiJuice; 03-02-2012, 08:02 AM.
    My top 10 players:

    1. Babe Ruth
    2. Barry Bonds
    3. Ty Cobb
    4. Ted Williams
    5. Willie Mays
    6. Alex Rodriguez
    7. Hank Aaron
    8. Honus Wagner
    9. Lou Gehrig
    10. Mickey Mantle

  • #2
    I'm going to guess that #3 is Ruth?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Joltin' Joe View Post
      I'm going to guess that #3 is Ruth?
      Babe Ruth is correct. The Babe had at least 549 HR batting in the #3 spot. I say "at least" because the Baseball-Reference play index begins in 1919. Ken Griffey Jr. is 2nd place with 530 HR in the #3 spot.
      My top 10 players:

      1. Babe Ruth
      2. Barry Bonds
      3. Ty Cobb
      4. Ted Williams
      5. Willie Mays
      6. Alex Rodriguez
      7. Hank Aaron
      8. Honus Wagner
      9. Lou Gehrig
      10. Mickey Mantle

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      • #4
        Gehrig 4, Wes Ferrell or Warren Spahn 9

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        • #5
          Originally posted by PVNICK View Post
          Gehrig 4, Wes Ferrell or Warren Spahn 9
          Gehrig is correct at #4. His 383 HR in the cleanup spot places him just 10 HR ahead of Manny Ramirez who is in 2nd place with 373.

          Ferrell and Spahn at #9 are incorrect. There are 2 players tied with 42 HR in the #9 spot and neither one was a pitcher.
          My top 10 players:

          1. Babe Ruth
          2. Barry Bonds
          3. Ty Cobb
          4. Ted Williams
          5. Willie Mays
          6. Alex Rodriguez
          7. Hank Aaron
          8. Honus Wagner
          9. Lou Gehrig
          10. Mickey Mantle

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          • #6
            Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
            There are 2 players tied with 42 HR in the #9 spot and neither one was a pitcher.
            Didn't Kevin Elster hit a bunch of homers from the #9 spot?
            Baseball Junk Drawer

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            • #7
              #2 Dwight Evans?

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              • #8
                Joe Morgan at #2?
                "Allen Sutton Sothoron pitched his initials off today."--1920s article

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ian2813 View Post
                  Didn't Kevin Elster hit a bunch of homers from the #9 spot?
                  Elster had 23 HR from the #9 spot - tied for 23rd place.
                  My top 10 players:

                  1. Babe Ruth
                  2. Barry Bonds
                  3. Ty Cobb
                  4. Ted Williams
                  5. Willie Mays
                  6. Alex Rodriguez
                  7. Hank Aaron
                  8. Honus Wagner
                  9. Lou Gehrig
                  10. Mickey Mantle

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by PVNICK View Post
                    #2 Dwight Evans?
                    Originally posted by Tyrus4189Cobb View Post
                    Joe Morgan at #2?
                    Both are incorrect. Good guesses, though. Evans is 7th all time from the #2 spot with 99 HR and Morgan is 6th all-time with 112 HR.
                    My top 10 players:

                    1. Babe Ruth
                    2. Barry Bonds
                    3. Ty Cobb
                    4. Ted Williams
                    5. Willie Mays
                    6. Alex Rodriguez
                    7. Hank Aaron
                    8. Honus Wagner
                    9. Lou Gehrig
                    10. Mickey Mantle

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                    • #11
                      I'm trying to think of who would be the leaders for the number 6-8 spots. I'm guessing they'd likely be solid power hitters who spent most of their careers on teams with stacked lineups.
                      Baseball Junk Drawer

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                      • #12
                        Derek Jeter for #2?
                        Jorge Posada for #6?
                        Baseball Junk Drawer

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ian2813 View Post
                          Derek Jeter for #2?
                          Jorge Posada for #6?
                          Excellent guesses but both are incorrect. Jeter is 3rd in career HR from the #2 spot and Posada is 2nd in career HR from the #6 spot.
                          My top 10 players:

                          1. Babe Ruth
                          2. Barry Bonds
                          3. Ty Cobb
                          4. Ted Williams
                          5. Willie Mays
                          6. Alex Rodriguez
                          7. Hank Aaron
                          8. Honus Wagner
                          9. Lou Gehrig
                          10. Mickey Mantle

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                          • #14
                            Here are some hints for the #9 spot. Two players are tied with 42 HR from that spot.

                            One guy played in 24 seasons over 4 different decades but never had more than 500 PA in a season.
                            The other guy was a SS who was once traded mid-season and ended up playing in a Subway Series that year (for the losing team).
                            My top 10 players:

                            1. Babe Ruth
                            2. Barry Bonds
                            3. Ty Cobb
                            4. Ted Williams
                            5. Willie Mays
                            6. Alex Rodriguez
                            7. Hank Aaron
                            8. Honus Wagner
                            9. Lou Gehrig
                            10. Mickey Mantle

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
                              Here are some hints for the #9 spot. Two players are tied with 42 HR from that spot.

                              One guy played in 24 seasons over 4 different decades but never had more than 500 PA in a season.
                              The other guy was a SS who was once traded mid-season and ended up playing in a Subway Series that year (for the losing team).
                              The first guy sounds like it might be Rick Dempsey.

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