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Raul Ibanez hits 300th career home run, ties a Ted Williams record

Sep 22, 2013, 1:01 AM EDT

Raul Ibanez AP

In the top of the ninth inning against the Angels, Mariners outfielder Raul Ibanez hit a solo home run to right field off of closer Ernesto Frieri. The blast was the 300th of Ibanez’s 18-year career, becoming the 137th player in Major League Baseball history to join the 300-homer club.

The home run was also the 29th of the season for Ibanez, tying Ted Williams for the most home runs hit in a single season by a 41-year-old player. Williams hit 29 in 1960, the final year of his career.

Ibanez also brought his slugging percentage up to .503. If he can keep it above .500 through the end of the season, he would be the first player since Barry Bonds in 2007 to post a .500 or better slugging percentage at the age of 40 or older (min. 450 plate appearances). Before Bonds, who also accomplished the feat in 2006, you have to go back to Harold Baines in 1999 to find the last occurrence. The Mariners, who brought Ibanez in on a one-year, $2.75 million deal, have certainly gotten their money’s worth out of the veteran.

Ibanez’s contribution was not enough for the Mariners, however. The solo shot brought them within one run at 6-5, but Frieri was able to shut the door for his 36th save of the season.

  1. shawnuel - Sep 22, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    God bless Raul, but as a Mariner fan, please Seattle FO…..don’t bring him back next season.

    • seattlej - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      I couldn’t agree more. Or, alternatively, find a manager that won’t use ham as anything more than a power bat off the bench and an occasional DH.

      He does not belong in the OF, though I will say that we’ve gotten several entertaining GIFs out of him…

  2. southofheaven81 - Sep 22, 2013 at 6:25 AM

    Sure am glad that New York let him walk. Those 41 home runs wouldn’t have come in handy this year or anything. Travis Hafner, baby!!!

    • henryd3rd - Sep 22, 2013 at 7:24 AM

      Holy Cow! It is long, it is far, it is gone! Raul so cool!

    • paperlions - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      41 years, 29 home runs

      • southofheaven81 - Sep 22, 2013 at 11:31 AM

        Whoops, bloody typos (and wishful thinking).

  3. psly2124 - Sep 22, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Is there any doubt that he is on steroids. Nope

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 22, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      There is doubt about what you are on. Bile? Booze? Definitely not Prozac.

  4. puckmepuckyou - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Ted Williams was on steroids too I guess. He was such a pioneer!

  5. psly2124 - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    lets me rephrase that ZERO doubt Ibanez is on the juice.

    • raysfan1 - Sep 22, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      Your immediate assumption that anyone who does anything remarkable is automatically cheating speaks volumes about you, and it isn’t good.

  6. blynch67 - Sep 22, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    I think there is a 100% chance that he is NOT on steroids…. I also wish there was a 100% that the Yankees had resigned him after last season.

    • seattlej - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      While I certainly wouldn’t assume that any player is on steroids or other PEDs, hasn’t history taught us that it’s just as foolish to assume that any player isn’t?

  7. psly2124 - Sep 22, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    The same idiots who think that Ibanez is clean ate the same ones who were screaming the innocence of McGwire and Sosa

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 22, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      The reply button is your friend. And what rules did McGwire and Sosa break again?

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