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VIDEO: Edwin Encarnacion slugs his 15th and 16th home runs this month

May 29, 2014, 9:28 PM EDT

UPDATE: I should have known better than to think that Encarnacion was done for the night. He just hit another one, giving him 16 home runs this month. That ties him with Mickey Mantle (1956) as the only American League players to hit 16 home runs in May. Barry Bonds (2001) has the National League record for May with 17. Sammy Sosa (1998) has the all-time record for home runs in any month with 20.

9:01 p.m. ET: Ho-hum. Another day, another home run for Edwin Encarnacion. It’s becoming routine at this point.

That was a beauty. Encarnacion is now up to 17 home runs on the season and has 15 this month alone, which sets a new franchise record for any month. His teammate Jose Bautista set the previous Jays’ record when he hit 14 in June of 2012.

Just to put things into perspective here, Encarnacion has more home runs this month than both the Royals (11) and Cardinals (9). Yes, the entire teams.

  1. elrock7 - May 29, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    And now he has just hit his 16th of the month….WOW!

  2. wilmyers09 - May 29, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    bleujays are on steroids i am telling u

    • thetoolsofignorance - May 29, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      Slingblade you can’t even spell the word “blue” we’re supposed to believe you?

    • cur'68 - May 30, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      Wait a minute…WAIT A MINUTE!!!! Illiterate, douchey comment from a Rays supporter? This can mean one thing. My old friend and illiterate commenting buddy from there is back! Still haven’t gone to school, eh?

  3. [citation needed] fka COPO - May 29, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    parrot gif? parrot gif…

  4. paint771 - May 29, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    He sure doesn’t hit cheapies either. Man.

  5. wilmyers09 - May 29, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    bluejays are on rods everybody just spread the word no way that edwin is hitting so many homers this month without rods

    • thetoolsofignorance - May 29, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      lol. Yes. He IS using rods! This rod is called a “baseball bat”, though. This game we call baseball is played with this sort of “rod”. Please. Write more. This is fascinating

    • blabidibla - May 29, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      He’s strapped twin ARods to both forearms?

  6. josemartez - May 29, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Is wilmyers09 the new dirtyharry?

    • thetoolsofignorance - May 29, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      Could be! Just as stupid I think

      • cur'68 - May 30, 2014 at 12:08 PM

        No, this another guy. This one has had several handles on HBT and is a Rays fan. I think its the commenter who was known as “gotampabay(InsertRandomNumberHere)”. He’s illiterate, dense, and a troll JUST like this guy so I’m pretty certain its my old illiterate buddy. I used to encourage him to go back to school. Looks like he doesn’t know good advice when he hears it.

  7. brentoage - May 29, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    • proudlycanadian - May 29, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      I did not even have to listen to this, before I gave his “ENARNACION” a thumbs up.

  8. wilmyers09 - May 29, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    edwin is on steroids if u dont know already u must be stupid

    • thetoolsofignorance - May 29, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      Slingblade, you of all people shouldn’t be calling anyone stupid

    • jwbiii - May 29, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      Splitting his last two seasons into two month chunks, Encarnacion hat hit 15-14-9 and 17-11-14 home runs. This year he’s at 18, one better than April/May of 2012. (Uses torch to light charcoal grill, puts manure fork back in garage.)

  9. proudlycanadian - May 29, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    LOL! Billy Butler just hit a ground out . Bautista to Encarnacion. Do not see many of them.

    • thetoolsofignorance - May 29, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      I can’t recall ever seeing anyone do that before! Bautista has a rifle for an arm. I am in awe of that. He should have been a pitcher with that arm strength and accuracy

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 29, 2014 at 10:06 PM

        Pity about that error. I don’t think your closer has given up a run yet. Still with a .000 ERA, right?

    • roundballsquarebox24 - May 29, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      That is bound to happen when you get a bunch of Dominicans playing on the same team! I’ve seen it a few times. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw Shane Victorino tried it in the World Series last year; runner barely beat it out. Of course, Mitch Williams an MLB Tonight were saying that that play is “bush-league” and “cheap”. I disagree..

      • proudlycanadian - May 29, 2014 at 10:15 PM

        We just saw something else unusual. A blown save by Janssen thanks to an error by Reyes.

  10. roundballsquarebox24 - May 29, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    I know, and then that 2-run line drive just blew the lead. The Jays just came to Tampa for this past series, and I just watched them play. I am really watching this team closely, I was very impressed with the way that these guys are clicking right now! If they lose this game, that’s a heartbreaker, though..

  11. jwbiii - May 29, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    E5 has become HR7.

  12. phillysports1 - May 29, 2014 at 11:07 PM


    @Wilmyers09 how does it feel like getting your butt kicked by the so talent Dominican Blue Jays ? You dirty trash.

  13. phillysports1 - May 29, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Hating is a weak emotion Will.

  14. mc1439 - May 30, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    (whispering in someones ear who isn’t aware of the conversation) “steroids.”

  15. phillysports1 - May 30, 2014 at 12:55 AM


  16. jimmyt - May 30, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    Really should not mention Micky in the same sentence with a bunch of PED cheats.

  17. phillysports1 - May 30, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Where is the proof of ped ?

    • happytwinsfan - May 30, 2014 at 10:12 AM

      Any surprising success by a player or team that the observer doesn’t like is proof of PED use. It’s one of the new unwritten rules of baseball.

  18. jonmarkbarre - May 30, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Jose Bautista, 2004-2009 1,754 AB’s 59 HR’s
    Jose Bautista, 2010 569 AB’s 54 HR’s
    Jose Bautista 2004-2009 29.7 AB/HR
    Jose Bautista 2010-Present 12.5 AB/HR

    —adjusted batting stance– that’s all.

    Edwin Encarnacion 2005-2011 2,731 AB’s 117 HR’s 23.3 AB/HR
    Edwin Encarnacion 2012-Present 1,285 AB’s 96 HR’s 13.3 AB/HR
    This month: More home runs than his entire 2006 season in Cincinnati, 117 games
    As many home runs as entire 2007 season in Cincinnati 139 games

    —he’s just staying healthy, he didn’t like hitting in Great American Ballpark anyway—

    Juan Francisco 2009-2013 709 AB’s 32 HR’s 22.2 AB/HR
    Juan Francisco 2014: 104 AB’s 9 HR’s 11.5 AB/HR

    —Finally found some teammates who understand him, on pace to hit about 30 in less than 100 games. —

    Melky Cabrera also on pace for career high in HR’s

    –now the roids are out of his system he can concentrate on not cheating or making fake websites etc, he’s just staying fit and keeping the pounds off. —

    Just sayin’.

    “They apply the cream to each other’s butt’s before the game and it’s undetectable by the end of the 9th inning. They have to wear special underpants to keep the steroids from falling out. It’s the same cream that Nelson Cruz rubs all over his butt. Nelson got in trouble last year but this year he’s gonna be 34 and is on pace to hit 60 home runs thanks to the magick ass cream. When Juan (@BabyHuey3b) walked into the Blow Jays clibhouse (sic) he was wondering why his dominican friends were all rubbing each other’s asses. Now he’s wondering why when he sips Edwin’s magick “Melky Shakes” he immediately grows a full beard.” – – anonymous


  19. phillysports1 - May 30, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    How come you guys aren’t saying anything about Charlie Blackmon ? Oh wait, he’s white !

    • jonmarkbarre - May 31, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      it’s probably because he’s playing at Coors where his home splits are gargantuan compared to his road splits.

    • jonmarkbarre - May 31, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      btw i’m black and my least fav steroid cheeat of all time was a white man who got ’em in Canadia jus sayin

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