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Jose Abreu is the seventh player ever with 14 homers in his first 40 games

May 13, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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White Sox rookie first baseman Jose Abreu continued his power show yesterday, smacking his 14th homer of the season. Not only does that lead all of MLB this year, Abreu is just the seventh player in baseball history with at least 14 homers through his first 40 career games.

Here’s the complete list, via Baseball-Reference.com’s Play Index:

Wally Joyner      15
Wally Berger      15
Albert Pujols     14
Mike Jacobs       14
Kevin Maas        14
Sam Horn          14
JOSE ABREU        14

That’s a pretty weird list, actually. Albert Pujols is amazing, Wally Berger was a great hitter in the 1930s, and Wally Joyner was a good hitter for a long time, although he never really showed a ton of power after that fast start. And then Sam Horn, Kevin Maas, and Mike Jacobs combined to hit 227 career homers.

Abreu is already 27 years old, but even then I’d certainly feel safer grouping him closer to Pujols than to, say, Maas and Jacobs. But then again once upon a time people felt the same way about Maas too.

  1. tysonpunchinguterus - May 13, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    I think it’s a pretty safe bet that Kevin Maas will manage the Dodgers to at least 5 World Series titles. Donnie Baseball better watch his back.

  2. moseskkim - May 13, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    im gonna name my son wally and see what happens..

  3. kcfanatic - May 13, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Let’s assume that he is a PED user. Not because I care(or believe it), but because anyone that does anything in baseball anymore is almost always accused of using. Give it 30 days, and there will be a “reporter” (I use that term loosely) accusing him.

  4. aceshigh11 - May 13, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Two Wallys, huh?

    Weird, wild stuff.

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