Yankees' Carlos Beltran Passes Joe DiMaggio on All-Time Home Run List

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Yankees' Carlos Beltran Passes Joe DiMaggio on All-Time Home Run List
Kathy Willens

New York Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran has played only 14 games with his new team, but it didn't take him long to surpass a milestone that was set by one of the franchise's most-beloved icons.

Beltran's solo blast in the first inning of Wednesday's 4-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs was the 362nd home run of his career, putting him in sole possession of 78th place on Major League Baseball's all-time list, per ESPN Stats & Info. The man he passed up on the list was "The Yankee Clipper," Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio.

While it's probably too late to achieve the sort of rock-star stature that "Joltin' Joe" enjoyed during his 13 years in pinstripes, Beltran has adjusted well to his first season in the Bronx. The 36-year-old slugger, who has now homered in three consecutive games, is batting .313 and leads the team with a .667 slugging percentage.

With Beltran set to hold down a regular spot in the lineup for the rest of the season, he'll have a chance to climb further up the home run list. If he merely matches the 24 home runs he swatted with the St. Louis Cardinals last year, he'll jump 16 more spots into a tie for 62nd place.

Beltran's next mark, four homers away, is former Cardinals teammate and fellow switch-hitter Lance Berkman, who retired this past January with 366 home runs.

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