Curtis Granderson hit his 16th HR of the year yesterday – in the Yankees 45th game of the season. Prior to this, how many other Yankees have hit 16+ HR within the team’s first 45 games of the year? Here’s the list:
|1||Mickey Mantle||1956||17||Ind. Games||77||20|
|2||Babe Ruth||1930||16||Ind. Games||81||19|
|3||Babe Ruth||1928||15||Ind. Games||67||19|
|4||Alex Rodriguez||2007||15||Ind. Games||74||18|
|5||Tino Martinez||1997||14||Ind. Games||70||17|
|6||Babe Ruth||1921||16||Ind. Games||73||16|
|7||Babe Ruth||1927||15||Ind. Games||75||16|
|8||Babe Ruth||1926||14||Ind. Games||62||16|
|9||Roger Maris||1960||13||Ind. Games||57||16|
|10||Alex Rodriguez||2005||12||Ind. Games||55||16|
That’s pretty crazy company for the Grandy Man, ain’t it. So, is he the next Roger Maris?
I don’t know the answer. But, to be candid, if Granderson had been traded to the Red Sox instead of the Yankees and, all of a sudden, starting blasting homeruns at a Ruthian pace, I’d probably be on the front of the line of those demanding that someone gets him to pee in a cup.
Maybe Curtis’ 2011 is a lot like Ryne Sandberg’s 1990 – just one of those HR spike years at age 30? In any event, it will be interesting to see if Granderson keeps up his pace this season. Can he hit 50 HR this year? If he keeps cranking them out at his current rate, he’ll clear that with no problem.