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Carlos Pena sets Rays' franchise homer record

Jun 11, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

Last night Carlos Pena hit his 13th homer of the year, setting the Tampa Bay franchise record with 129 homers as a member of the Rays. Here’s the rest of the top 10:

CARLOS PENA       129
Aubrey Huff       128
Fred McGriff       99
Carl Crawford      90
Evan Longoria      71
Jonny Gomes        66
Greg Vaughn        60
B.J. Upton         55
Rocco Baldelli     52
Ben Zobrist        47



You know a team hasn’t been around very long when only four players in franchise history have more homers than the MLB single-season record. Slightly more impressive than topping Aubrey Huff for the Rays’ record is Pena’s homer rank among all players over the past four seasons:

Ryan Howard       150
Prince Fielder    139
Adam Dunn         131
Albert Pujols     130
CARLOS PENA       129
Alex Rodriguez    127
Miguel Cabrera    123
Adrian Gonzalez   119
Ryan Braun        111
Mark Teixeira     111



Particularly impressive once you consider that Pena missed the final 25 games of last season when a CC Sabathia fastball to the left hand broke two fingers. Despite that injury he still has more homers than anyone else in the AL since 2007. Of course, Pena is also hitting just .186 with a league-high 66 strikeouts so far this season, so it’ll be interesting to see what kind of market there is for the 32-year-old impending free agent this winter. My guess is he won’t be back in Tampa Bay.

  1. APBA Guy - Jun 11, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Any doubt that Longoria will top that list in about 2 years?

  2. Rays fan - Jun 11, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    Add to that, despite missing the final 25 games last year, he still tied for the league lead in HRs for the season with Mark Tezeira. I’ll stay positive for now and assume his hitting will heat up as the summer progresses. As for re-signing him–maybe. The Rays, of course, operate on a much tighter budget than their New york and Boston divisional rivals. I’m expecting those two to engage in a bidding war for Carl Crawford, so he’ll be gone for sure, which MAY leave enough room in the budget for the Rays to keep Pena.

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