Leaderboarding: Home run leaders since Hank Aaron's 715th homer
Forty years ago today, Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's long-standing home run record. Who has gone deep the most times since then?
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:
- Barry Bonds -- 762 home runs
- Alex Rodriguez -- 654
- Ken Griffey Jr. -- 630
- Jim Thome -- 612
- Sammy Sosa -- 609
- Mark McGwire -- 583
- Rafael Palmeiro -- 569
- Manny Ramirez -- 555
- Mike Schmidt -- 528
- Frank Thomas -- 521
- Gary Sheffield -- 509
- Eddie Murray -- 504
- Fred McGriff -- 493
- Albert Pujols -- 492
- Carlos Delgado -- 473
- Chipper Jones -- 468
- Dave Winfield -- 462
- Jose Canseco -- 462
- Jeff Bagwell -- 449
- 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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