On Wednesday night, the Braves earned a 3-1 win over the Washington Nationals. They remain 7 1/2 games behind first-place Philadelphia (Cliff Lee earned his 15th win of the year), but sit a full 8 1/2 games ahead of St. Louis for the NL Wild Card.
The story of the day was the longball launched by Larry “Chipper” Jones, the 450th of his Hall of Fame-worthy career. The home run moved Jones into sole possession of 33rd place on the all-time list, breaking a tie with former Houston hero Jeff Bagwell.
A quick list of the players in that area of the home run list reveals a veritable “Who’s Who” of the this past generation of players. I gave the nod to Bagwell.
- Baltimore DH Vladimir Guerrero has hit 446 career home runs.
- Albert Pujols hit his 440th career home run on Wednesday night (38th all-time, and two more than Hall of Fame inductee Andre Dawson).
- Jose Canseco owns 462 bombs.
Next up on the list is Boston legend Carl Yastrzemski at 452.
Jones has driven in 1,550 runs during his career. The seven-time All-Star moved into a 41st-place tie with Harmon favorite (and Tom Emanski video hero) Fred McGriff.