In looking back from the time of Jose Canseco to today's Jose Bautista, a few things become clear.
First, the number of home runs that it took to place on this list, if placed on a graph over time, a nice bell curve would appear. Home runs peaked in the late '90s and early part of the 21st century. It would seem that we are now in an era where a 40-home-run season is a potential league-leader once again.
Fifty-home-run seasons, unlike a certain oil leak in the Gulf, have dried up.
Will any teammate duo be able to challenge Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle's nearly half-century-old record for combined home runs by teammates, 115, in 1961? Maybe someday, but not this year.
It is important to note that, while having a powerful duo in the middle of a lineup can help win many ballgames, it is not a precursor to success, nor does it guarantee team success. Of the 24 duos listed, seven played for pennant winners. Only Ryan Howard with Chase Utley and Pat Burrell in 2008 won the World Series. The six other pennant winners lost in the Fall Classic.
For all the good teams represented, many middle-of-the-road squads are on the list as well. The 2002-03 Rangers finished last in the AL West, while being represented by A-Rod and Rafael Palmeiro on this list.
Although home runs alone do not make a winning team, and in the past decades many home run heroes were juiced-up on illegal performance enhancers, the long ball remains the sexiest part of baseball today. While the numbers may be down, that only makes the home runs that are hit that much more special.
Big power hitters will always be celebrated by the fans. Besides, what's the only thing better than having a big power hitter in the middle of your team's lineup?