Watching the White Sox Paul Konerko launch all these April homeruns (10, to date) in his contract “walk” year may remind some of the last player to hit a record number of April homeruns as he was about to become a Free Agent. (That player would be Alex Rodriguez who hit 14 April homers in 2007.)
But, for me, it makes me think back to what the Yankees Graig Nettles did in April 1974. Here’s a May 3, 1974 Associated Press report on that:
The freaking thing here? Nettles only went on to hit another 11 homeruns, all season, in 1974. In fact, from April 29th to July 4th of that season, “Puff” only hit one homerun in a span of 51 games played (by him).
Also, from July 6th that season, to September 6th, Nettles hit just two homers in a span of 55 games played (by him).
Imagine what the New York media would do to a guy today if that happened?