Jedd Gyorko is now the Padres all-time HR leader at 2B ... with 31

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Jedd Gyorko has hit more homers than any other second basemen in Padres history. No, really.
Jedd Gyorko has hit more homers than any other second basemen in Padres history. No, really. (USATSI)

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Every once in a while, I come across a stat that truly blows by mind. This is one of those stats:

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:

RkPlayerFromToGHRPA
1Jedd Gyorko2013201418731770
2Mark Loretta20032005406301811
3Roberto Alomar19881990436221934
4Bret Boone2000200012619524
5Dave Campbell1970197324317997
6Tim Teufel1991199316116539
7Quilvio Veras19971999390151763
8Josh Barfield2006200614312573
9Fernando Gonzalez1978197917911663
10Damian Jackson1999200520211842
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 8/17/2014.

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?

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