In case you missed it, this is from our friend Brian Heyman, who talked to mid-season home run leader Chris Davis before Monday’s Home Run Derby. Davis talked about the possibility of breaking the single-season home run record — and by record, he means 61…
The six-best homer totals in major-league history all have a performance-enhancing cloud hanging over them, topped by Barry Bonds’ 73 in 2001. But the player who already owns 37 homers at the All-Star break basically declared those six totals null and void Monday.
In the eyes of the Orioles’ Chris Davis, Roger Maris is still the king with his 61 and in 1961 for the Yankees.
Asked before taking his swings in the Home Run Derby at Citi Field if he would celebrate as the record holder if he passes Maris, Davis said, “I think so. It’s the record to me. … I think I’m going to celebrate anything close to that. That’s a lot of home runs. The most I’ve ever hit is 40. I think it’s something I can be proud of.”
Mark McGwire, who has admitted to PED use, is next on the list with his 70 in 1998. Sammy Sosa, who reportedly test positive for a PED in 2003, is next with 66 in 1998, followed by McGwire with 65 in 1999, Sosa with 64 in 2001 and Sosa with 63 in 1999. Bonds, convicted in 2011 for obstruction of justice after giving an evasive answer to a grand jury, stands first with no official asterisk.
“I’m sure he celebrated 73,” Davis said. “That’s a lot of home runs. Everybody is different. Everybody believes what they want to believe. I still believe that 61 is the record.”
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