Josh Hamilton and 10 Sluggers Who Could Challenge Roger Maris' Clean HR Mark

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Josh Hamilton and 10 Sluggers Who Could Challenge Roger Maris' Clean HR Mark
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Josh Hamilton wasn't sure that you understood, so he made it crystal clear for you.

Any doubts you had that Hamilton is the best player in the American League—and arguably the best player in baseball—have been put to rest after his performance against the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday night.

In case you missed it, Hamilton went 5-for-5 with four two-run home runs, a double and eight RBI.

Such a power display immediately brings the great sluggers of the game to mind—Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Frank Robinson and fellow center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. to name a few.

It also brings to mind the single-season home run record.

Whether or not you believe the rumors that have surrounded Barry Bonds, there's no disputing that for those who played during the "steroid era," where there's smoke, there's fire.

Many fans and historians of the game still point to Roger Maris's 61 home runs in 1961 as the real single-season mark, just as they point to Hank Aaron's 755 career home runs as the career record.

But aside from Hamilton, what players today could possibly challenge Maris in the next five to ten years?

Only a select few have the natural power, skill and sweet swing to even merit inclusion in the conversation.

Let's take a look at who they are.

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