Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones hit a solo home run in the first inning of Tuesday's 7-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels, thus becoming the first Oriole since Rafael Palmeiro (1994-1998) to record four straight seasons with 20 or more homers, per ESPN Stats & Info.
According to GammonsDaily.com (via Complete Baseball Encyclopedia), Jones is the eighth player in Baltimore Orioles/St. Louis Browns franchise history to hit 20 home runs in four or more consecutive seasons.
If Jones is able to record 20 long balls once again in 2015, then he'll tie both Palmeiro and Boog Powell (1968-1972) for third place on the franchise list for most consecutive 20-homer campaigns.
The 28-year-old center fielder has quite a bit of work ahead of him if he's going to tie Cal Ripken, who sits atop these rankings with 10 consecutive 20-plus homer campaigns from 1982 to 1991. Eddie Murray (1977-1985) is in second place with nine seasons of this sort.
Jones' feat is also unique in the sense that he's tops among all Orioles/Browns center fielders. With Tuesday's solo shot, he became the only player at his position in franchise history to accumulate this type of streak.
Jones was previously tied with Fred Lynn, who homered 20 or more times in the '85, '86 and '87 seasons while primarily playing center field.
Jones' streak could have easily been longer, as he fell just one long ball shy of 20 in both the 2009 and 2010 seasons. His 2009 campaign was particularly impressive, as he managed to hit 19 home runs in just 119 games during his second season as a full-time major leaguer.
If the center fielder can rack up just 10 more homers through the rest of 2014, then he'll reach 30 four-baggers for the third consecutive year. This may be tougher than expected for the soon-to-be 29-year-old, as his career .416 slugging percentage in August is lower than in any other month.
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