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Leaderboarding: Home run leaders since Hank Aaron's 715th homer

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Where does Albert Pujols rank on the home run leaderboard over the last 40 years?
Where does Albert Pujols rank on the home run leaderboard over the last 40 years? (USATSI)

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On this date way back in 1974, Hank Aaron swatted his 715th career home run to become the all-time home run king, breaking Babe Ruth's record. He finished his career with 755 homers, and he held the record until Barry Bonds hit his 756th career dinger in 2007.

Just about every baseball fan knows Bonds, Aaron and Ruth have hit the most, the second most and the third most home runs in baseball history, respectively. But what about the home run leaderboard since Aaron broke Ruth's record? Obviously Bonds sits atop that list, but who comes after him?

In this edition of leaderboarding, we're going to look at the baseball's home run leaderboard since the date Aaron broke Ruth's record, so April 8, 1974. I was surprised to see just how few of these players are still active. With an assist from the Baseball Musings Day-by-Day Database, here is the leaderboard:

  1. Barry Bonds -- 762 home runs
  2. Alex Rodriguez -- 654
  3. Ken Griffey Jr. -- 630
  4. Jim Thome -- 612
  5. Sammy Sosa -- 609
  6. Mark McGwire -- 583
  7. Rafael Palmeiro -- 569
  8. Manny Ramirez -- 555
  9. Mike Schmidt -- 528
  10. Frank Thomas -- 521
  11. Gary Sheffield -- 509
  12. Eddie Murray -- 504
  13. Fred McGriff -- 493
  14. Albert Pujols -- 492
  15. Carlos Delgado -- 473
  16. Chipper Jones -- 468
  17. Dave Winfield -- 462
  18. Jose Canseco -- 462
  19. Jeff Bagwell -- 449
  20. Vladimir Guerrero -- 449

Only 10 other players have hit as many as 400 home runs since Aaron broke Ruth's record. Of the 30 guys with 400+ homers since Aaron's record breaker, only seven are still active: A-Rod, Pujols, Adam Dunn (442), Jason Giambi (438), Paul Konerko (434), David Ortiz (432) and Alfonso Soriano (406). Saying A-Rod is active is generous as well.

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