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Raul Ibanez hits 18th homer, on pace for major league record

Jun 26, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

Raul Ibanez AP

Raul Ibanez hit his ninth homer of June and 18th of the season Wednesday against the Pirates, putting him on record pace for a 41-year-old.

No player has ever hit 30 homers at age 41 or beyond. Ted Williams tops the list with 29 at age 41 in his last season prior to retirement. Barry Bonds hit 26 at 41 and 28 in 42 before he was forced out of the league. Here’s the list of players 41 and over:

1. Ted Williams – 29 – (41, 1960)
2. Barry Bonds – 28 – (42, 2007)
3. Barry Bonds – 26 – (41, 2006)
4. Darrell Evans – 22 – (41, 1988)
5. Dave Winfield – 21 – (41, 1993)
6. Stan Musial – 19 – (41, 1962)
7. Carlton Fisk – 18 – (42, 1990)
7. Carlton Fisk – 18 – (43, 1991)
7. Raul Ibanez – 18 – (41, 2013)
10. Craig Nettles – 16 – (41, 1986)
10. Carl Yastrzemski – 16 – (42, 1982)

So, with 83 games still left in the Mariners’ season, Ibanez is sixth in homers among 41-year-olds and tied for seventh among anyone 41 or over. Even more impressive is that he’s gotten there while playing in just 58 of the Mariners’ 79 games so far. He certainly figures to fade from here, but given that his approach now is much more geared towards homers than singles and doubles, there’s a realistic chance he’ll get to 30 and set the record.

  1. WhyDoIActuallyCare - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    *10. Carl Yaztrzemski – 16 – (42, 1982)*

    Hate to be “that guy,” but lets spell it right, please: Yastrzemski.

    • RickyB - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      Don’t worry, I’ll join you. GRAIG Nettles. The first player I idolized as a kid.

  2. shackdelrio - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    On the Mariners now. No way he ends the year there. Some team will give the M’s a prospect for him.

  3. jerze2387 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Not 100% sure he fades so much..he did similar for the Yankees last season, in fact numbers are quite similar. and it just looks to me like going to the AL to Dh has made him better. probably less worn down from the field, less to focus on..he comes out, hits .240 with a HR every 20 ABs or so…lotta teams could do worse than that from their DH spot

    • einjzmolf - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:09 PM

      He was only in the NL for 2 years of his career, wat?

      • bleedgreen - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:33 PM

        3 years with the Phils.

      • jerze2387 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:41 PM

        but since hes been back

  4. bleedgreen - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    That story from Curtis BLEW MY MIND.

  5. shawnuel - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Ibanez has hardly DH’s at all this season….much to Mariner fan’s dismay. He also plays way too much against LH pitchers, courtesy, Eric Dumb a$$ Wedge. Also, I(banez has an OBP below .300. He is a one trick pony and his “defense” in LF has probably cost close to as many runs as his offense has generated. Of course, he is a great clubhouse guy. Yeay.

  6. shawnuel - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    That all said, 18 HR IS impressive. He could be a phenomenal platoon bat for a pennant contender.

  7. breastfedted - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Is the record he is on pace for vinyl? Most audiophiles will tell you vinyl produces the best sound. Burger King once sold Alf records made out of cardboard with value meals, and the sound quality was mediocre. Hopefully Raul is not on pace for a major league cardboard record.

  8. pkswally024 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    RAAAAAUUUUUULLLLLLL

    With Love,

    Philly

    • sparky1002 - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:45 AM

      Im a Yankee fan but have nothing but respect for miracle-man, ex-Yankee, Raul Ibanez. Get’em Raul…get 30!

  9. heyzeus143 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    You mean against the first place buccos!

  10. Stiller43 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Buccos with the best record in baseball nearing the end of june?!! What?!!!

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      Illiterate AND a hopeless shill … does it get any better?

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