Every once in a while, I come across a stat that truly blows by mind. This is one of those stats:
With his grand slam in the 7th inning, @JGyorko05 now has 31 career home runs, a new Padres franchise record for home runs by a 2nd baseman!— San Diego Padres (@Padres) August 17, 2014
Jedd Gyorko, who made his MLB debut last season and has 31 homers in 199 career games, is now the Padres franchise leader in home runs by a second baseman. The Padres have been around since 1969. You know that, right?
I didn't believe this when I read it at first -- maybe an intern just misread the stat sheet before tweeting? -- so I double-checked it with the Baseball-Reference.com Play Index. Here is the leaderboard for home runs as a second baseman in Padres history:
Unbelievable. There have only been 10 players in the 45-year history of the Padres to hit double-digit home runs as a second baseman. (Logan Forsythe and Orlando Hudson are tied for 11th with eight homers apiece.)
Furthermore, there have only been six individual seasons in Padres history in which a second baseman hit at least 10 home runs. No one has done it more than once -- Gyorko needs two more this year to become the first -- and only one player (Campbell with 12 in 1970) did it from 1969-1999. Since the Padres joined the league, there have been 391 instances of a player hitting 10+ homers as a second baseman. Six happened in San Diego. Crazy.
I guess this is a good place to point out the Padres franchise leader in home runs is Nate Colbert with 163. But you all knew that, right?