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I was thinking about this as I read an article about A-Rod.

 

Currently, the list of best single season HR totals looks like this:

 

Player / Year / HR

1. Barry Bonds / 2001 / 73

2. Mark McGwire / 1998 / 70

3. Sammy Sosa / 1998 / 66

4. Mark McGwire / 1999 / 65

5. Sammy Sosa / 2001 / 64

6. Sammy Sosa / 1999 / 63

7. Roger Maris / 1961 / 61

8. Babe Ruth / 1927 / 60

 

With Ryan Howard's 58 HR last season and A-Rod's torrid pace this season, there will come a time when a hitter nears passing Maris' mark of 61. There is little doubt in my mind (and I believe in the mind's of most) that Barry, McGwire, and Sosa were all juicing when they put up those absurd numbers. Therefore, do you think a "legit" passing of 61 should get any media attention? Obviously it won't go in the record books, but should we as fans honor that season, if and when it happens?

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I was thinking about this as I read an article about A-Rod.

 

Currently, the list of best single season HR totals looks like this:

 

Player / Year / HR

 

1. Roger Maris / 1961 / 61

2. Babe Ruth / 1927 / 60

3. Ryan Howard / 2006/ 58

With Ryan Howard's 58 HR last season and A-Rod's torrid pace this season, there will come a time when a hitter nears passing Maris' mark of 61. There is little doubt in my mind (and I believe in the mind's of most) that Barry, McGwire, and Sosa were all juicing when they put up those absurd numbers. Therefore, do you think a "legit" passing of 61 should get any media attention? Obviously it won't go in the record books, but should we as fans honor that season, if and when it happens?

 

 

I fixed the list there to how it should read

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I was thinking about this as I read an article about A-Rod.

 

Currently, the list of best single season HR totals looks like this:

 

Player / Year / HR

 

1. Roger Maris / 1961 / 61

2. Babe Ruth / 1927 / 60

3. Ryan Howard / 2006/ 58

With Ryan Howard's 58 HR last season and A-Rod's torrid pace this season, there will come a time when a hitter nears passing Maris' mark of 61. There is little doubt in my mind (and I believe in the mind's of most) that Barry, McGwire, and Sosa were all juicing when they put up those absurd numbers. Therefore, do you think a "legit" passing of 61 should get any media attention? Obviously it won't go in the record books, but should we as fans honor that season, if and when it happens?

 

 

I fixed the list there to how it should read

 

Hank Greenberg hit 58

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