It's not an uncommon occurrence for a player to hit a home run for more than one team in the same season, but Wednesday afternoon, Raul Ibanez of the Kansas City Royals became the fourth player 41 or older to accomplish the feat, per ESPN.com (via Elias Sports Bureau).
The 42-year-old designated hitter accomplished the rare feat with a 366-foot shot in the eighth inning of Wednesday's 4-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
Ibanez began the 2014 campaign with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, where he owned a miserable .157 batting average over his first 57 games, leading to his eventual release. Just over a week later, he signed a major league deal with the Royals and promptly hit his fourth homer of the year in his second start with the team. He'll now attempt to salvage his 2014 campaign in the city he called home from 2001-2003.
Serving primarily as a corner outfielder, first baseman and designated hitter, Ibanez has collected 304 career homers since entering the league in 1996. Most came with the Seattle Mariners (156), followed by the Philadelphia Phillies (70), with whom he had a career-best 34 home runs and made his only career All-Star Game appearance in 2009.
With his most recent achievement, Ibanez joins three other players in the club of major leaguers who have homered for multiple organizations after turning 41.
Jim Thome did it most recently in 2012, homering with both the Baltimore Orioles and the Phillies. Previously, Harold Baines clubbed homers in 2000 with the Orioles and the Chicago White Sox, while Davey Lopes was the pioneer on this front, clearing the fences with the Chicago Cubs and the Houston Astros in 1986.
Of the aforementioned players, Thome has far and away the most career home runs, with 612, followed by Baines with 384.
When all is said and done, Ibanez likely won't be in the Hall of Fame, but he'll attempt to muster at least one more productive run in order to provide the Royals with some offense as they look to surpass the first-place Detroit Tigers in the AL Central.
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