Ortiz Takes Sole Possession of 29th Place on All-Time Home Runs List

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffJune 22, 2015

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, June 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
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Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hit the 476th home run of his career during Sunday's 13-2 rout of the Kansas City Royals, moving past Stan Musial and Willie Stargell (475) into sole possession of 29th place on the all-time home runs list, per MLB Milestones.

The milestone homer was a no-doubt solo shot to right field off of Royals pitcher Chris Young to lead off the top of the fourth inning, giving the Red Sox a 2-0 lead.

Officials measured the blast at 456 feet, and Ortiz later added an RBI single in the sixth inning, extending Boston's lead to 10-0.

He finished the day with two hits, two runs and two RBI in four at-bats, also drawing a walk along the way.

Following an unusually slow start to the season, Ortiz has a .270/.356/.508 batting line in May, with four home runs, 13 RBI and eight runs in 18 games.

Even if he's able to keep up the momentum, it will be a while before Ortiz moves further up the all-time home runs list, as Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff are tied for 27th place at 493, sitting 17 ahead of Ortiz.

With 10 home runs thus far, Ortiz is on pace to finish the season with 23, which would put him at 489 for his career.

Of course, a brief look at the 39-year-old's track record makes it quite clear he could still hit 17 or more home runs from here on out, as he already has eight 30-homer campaigns to his name, accomplishing that feat most recently in both 2013 and 2014.


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