Who are the best home run hitters in the history of baseball? The first name that comes to people’s minds is Babe Ruth. Millions of people that aren’t even baseball fans can give you that name. Then there is Hank Aaron and quite a few other names throughout history. Baseball fans also know that in modern times, the sport has seen even more powerful hitters that continue to try and rewrite the history books.
Just think about where Albert Pujols stands as he is continuing to finish up his career. Consider Alex Rodriguez and what his numbers were as he retired. Then you have people like Jim Edmonds that were known just as much for their skills on the field as they were for their skills at the plate. If you want a good full look at the best home run hitters in baseball, all you have to do is look at the 500 Home Runs Club.
That list is getting bigger and bigger, and of course when talking home run hitters in recent history, you have to throw in all of the talk about steroids. It seems that talk about steroids in relation to home runs is not much of a big deal anymore. Have you heard much about it in the last few years?
When Barry Bonds set the new career mark, that is what really got people talking for years. Then you have the single season home run record that became the big story back in 1998. You remember the whole McGwire and Sosa saga, don’t you? If you do, then you know that really fueled talks about steroids. With all that talk about steroids, it might seem like there are hundreds of players who have hit 500 or more home runs. Well, if you look at the list of the top 300 home run hitters, you end up seeing that #300 has barely hit over 200 home runs. Teams like the Kansas City Royals don’t even have hitters who hit 500 home runs.