It’s a script ready-made for Hollywood: longtime ballplayer facing the end of his career struggling in the minor leagues after short-lived stints on major league clubs, getting another chance with the team that originally drafted him – and etching his name into history with a pennant-clinching home run.
With 15 years between back to back champions, lots of things have happened in the sporting world during that time. With that being said, here is a look at 21 things that have happened since we last had a back-to-back Home Run Derby champion.
It appears Giants 1st Baseman Brandon Belt did his best Babe Ruth impression over the weekend, saying he’d hit a home run for a sick child and delivering on that promise.
Aaron was honored before the Braves game against the New York Mets on Tuesday night with a ceremony commemorating the 40th anniversary of his 715th home run, the one that pushed him past Babe Ruth and gave him the major league record.
The longest home run of the Major League Baseball season was Tuesday night’s shot of 476 feet by SF Giant Hunter Pence at Coors Field in Denver. It was Pence’s 16th home run of the year.
One day after umpire Angel Hernandez and his crew failed to reverse an obvious home run by A’s infielder Adam Rosales following a video review, MLB executive vice president Joe Torre said an “improper call” was made in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game between the Indians and Athletics.
Japanese home run king Sadaharu Oh paid tribute to Hideki Matsui after the Oakland Athletics’ outfielder hit his 500th homer.
A growing number of healthy players selected for Major League Baseball’s All-Star team are deciding not to attend, and they’re being criticized for it.
Pinch-hitter Geovany Soto’s three-run homer capped a four-run rally with two outs in the 13th inning and sent the Chicago Cubs to a wild 5-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday.
Hideki Matsui hit the first pitch of the 10th inning from Darren Oliver into the right-field seats for a game-winning home run, lifting the Oakland Athletics to a 5-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday.