Two games, two home runs: Opening Series 2014

Credit: Major League Baseball

Welcome back baseball! With the Dodgers-Diamondbacks Opening Series doubleheader in Australia, we have our first two home runs of the 2014 regular season.

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Baseball is back!

Hey everyone! Spring Training is here and we have our first set of games playing today!

So far we have had three home runs hit today. Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista launched the first home run of Spring Training with two outs in the top of the first inning against Philadelphia Phillies RHP Roberto Hernandez. Yangervis Solarte, a minor league utility man and recent addition to the New York Yankees system, hit the Yankees’ first home run of Spring Training in the top of the second inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates, driving in new Yankee outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez hit a three run shot in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the Yankees 5-5.

Check back throughout the day, and throughout the rest of Spring Training for more home run news.

UPDATE: Day 1 of Spring Training is in the books, and we saw six home runs hit to kick off the year. Cincinnati Reds outfielder Chris Heisey hit a two run shot in the top of the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians, and third baseman Adam Duvall and shortstop Ehire Adrianza both homered in the bottom of the ninth inning for the San Francisco Giants in the 10-5 loss to the Oakland Athletics to close out the day.

Happy New Year! A look back at the 20 longest home runs of 2013.

I found this great video highlight on YouTube the other day. Got some HUGE homers on this.

Congratulations to Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux, and Tom Glavine

Tom Glavine (Photo by Steven R. Schaefer/AFP/Getty Images), Greg Maddux (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images), Frank Thomas (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Congratulations to the Hall of Fame Class of 2014. Without a doubt, these three players were the faces of the game throughout the 90s. With their election into the Hall, the trio adds a combined 1,230 home runs to Cooperstown. Maddux and Glavine surrendered 353 and 356 home runs respectively through their careers, while Thomas hit 521. Here are some quick, Hall of Fame home run facts.

  • With Frank Thomas’ election, 12 of the 20 players in MLB history to hit at least 520 home runs are in Cooperstown.
  • Maddux and Glavine didn’t just give up home runs, they also hit a few. Maddux hit five home runs through his career, while Glavine hit one.
  • Most home runs hit by a Hall of Fame pitcher? 37. Hit by Cleveland pitching great Bob Lemon.
  • 242 Hall of Famers have hit a total of 32,493 total home runs. 71 Hall of Fame pitchers have given up a combined 13,156 home runs.
  • Managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, and Tony La Russa were elected to the Hall of Fame in December by the Veteran’s Committee. These three former managers combined to hit a grand total of 261 homers; Torre with 252, Cox with nine, and La Russa with zero.