Home Run Leaders by Team – NYTimes.com – BATS – 3/27/2010

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Here’s a different way of looking at home run leaders. Instead of looking at them by sheer individual totals, they are presented here by their total contribution to one team, and in that view, some interesting and unpredictable patterns emerge.

All-Time Team Career Home Run Leaders
First of all, it’s kind of nice seeing Aaron, Ruth and Mays on the top of the home run totals. It’s also nice to see so many Hall of Famers on this list (signified by an *). Twelve of the top 16 are already in the Hall, with three more most likely to join them when eligible.

Not surprisingly, the bottom 10 team leaders are all expansion clubs. Jeff Bagwell, who will be eligible for the Hall this January, of the expansion Astros, has the 11th highest total among team leaders, and Ken Griffey Jr., of the expansion Mariners, sits in 13th place, and will also ultimately be in Cooperstown. Jim Thome, another future Hall of Famer, leads the Cleveland Indians.

There are a few players on the list who are still active, but only Griffey and Todd Helton, of the Rockies, are active with the teams in which they lead and therefore could be moving their teams up the list.

Willie Stargell and Stan Musial finished in a tie, as did Johnny Bench and Duke Snider.

Finally, Florida is simply not a good place to hit homers.

1. Atlanta Braves — Henry Aaron* 733
2. New York Yankees — Babe Ruth* 659
3. San Francisco Giants — Willie Mays* 646
4. Minnesota Twins — Harmon Killebrew* 559
5. Chicago Cubs — Sammy Sosa 545
6. Boston Red Sox — Ted Williams* 521
7. Philadelphia Phillies — Mike Schmidt* 548
8. Chicago White Sox — Frank Thomas 449
9. Pittsburgh Pirates — Willie Stargell* 475
St. Louis Cardinals — Stan Musial* 475
11. Houston Astros — Jeff Bagwell 449
12. Baltimore Orioles — Cal Ripken* 431
13. Seattle Mariners — Ken Griffey Jr. 417
14. Detroit Tigers — Al Kaline* 399
15. Cincinnati Reds — Johnny Bench* 389
Los Angeles Dodgers — Duke Snider* 389
17. Texas Rangers — Juan Gonzalez 372
18. Oakland A’s — Mark McGwire 363
19. Toronto Blue Jays — Carlos Delgado 336
20. Cleveland Indians — Jim Thome 334
21. Colorado Rockies — Todd Helton 325
22. Kansas City Royals — George Brett* 317
23. Los Angeles Angels — Tim Salmon 299
24. New York Mets — Darryl Strawberry 252
25. Milwaukee Brewers — Robin Yount* 251
26. Washington Nationals — Vladimir Guerrero 234
27. Arizona Diamondbacks — Luis Gonzalez 224
28. San Diego Padres — Nate Colbert 163
29. Florida Marlins — Mike Lowell 143
30. Tampa Bay Rays — Aubrey Huff 128
* Hall of Famer

All-Time Team Single Season Home Run Leaders
This list is very different indeed, with only four Hall of Famers on the entire list and comparatively few potential candidates Cooperstown-bound.

Despite the recent home run surge, expansion team single-season leaders are at the bottom of the list, with the Royals being the only team never having had a player break 40 homers in a season (George Brett’s high was 30 dingers in 1985).

While there are a number of ties, I found it more interesting to note that Junior Griffey hit his 56 in back-to-back seasons in ’97 and ’98. Harmon Killebrew tied his 1964 record in 1969 for the Twins. The Rockies and the Mets are the only teams with shared leaders.

Also of note:
• Jim Thome is the Indians’ single-season and all-time home run leader.
• The same is true for Jeff Bagwell with the Astros and Sammy Sosa with the Cubs.
• Todd Helton shares a single-season leadership but owns the Rockies’ all-time career mantle.
• Mark McGwire is the Cards’ single-season leader and the A’s all-time leader.
Albert Belle hit 49 for the White Sox, but his career high was 50 with the Indians.
Gary Sheffield hit 42 for the Marlins, but his career high was 43 with the Dodgers.
Brady Anderson hit 50 for the Orioles but only 210 total for this career, all but one for Baltimore. He never hit over than 24 in any other season.
Roger Maris hit 61 for the Yankees but only 203 in his Yankee career.
Todd Hundley hit 41 for the Mets but only 202 total for this career and only 124 for the Mets.
Alfonso Soriano hit his 46 in 2006, his only year with the Montreal/Washington franchise.
Steve Balboni hit 36 for the Royals but only 181 total for this career and only 119 for K.C.

1. San Francisco Giants — Barry Bonds 73
2. St. Louis Cardinals — Mark McGwire 70
3. Cubs — Sammy Sosa 66
4. Yankees — Roger Maris 61
5. Detroit Tigers – Hank Greenberg* 58
Oakland A’s – Jimmie Foxx* 58
Philadelphia Phillies — Ryan Howard 58
8. Arizona Diamondbacks — Luis Gonzalez 57
9. Texas Rangers — Alex Rodriguez 57
10 Seattle Mariners — Ken Griffey 56 (twice)
11. Boston Red Sox — David Ortiz 54
Pittsburgh Pirates — Ralph Kiner* 54
13. Cincinnati Reds — George Foster 52
Cleveland Indians — Jim Thome 52
15. Atlanta Braves — Andruw Jones 51
Washington Nationals — Alfonso Soriano 46
17. Baltimore Orioles — Brady Anderson 50
Milwaukee Brewers — Prince Fielder 50
San Diego Padres — Greg Vaughn 50
20. Colorado Rockies — Todd Helton/Larry Walker 49
Los Angeles Dodgers — Shawn Green 49
Minnesota Twins – Harmon Killebrew* 49 (twice)
White Sox – Albert Belle 49
24. Houston Astros – Jeff Bagwell 47
Los Angeles Angels – Troy Glaus 47
Toronto Blue Jays – George Bell 47
27. Tampa Bay Rays – Carlos Pena 46
28. Florida Marlins – Gary Sheffield 42
29. Mets – Carlos Beltran/Todd Hundley 41
30. Kansas City Royals – Steve Balboni 36
* Hall of Famer

A.L. EAST
New York Yankees
All-time – Babe Ruth 659
Season – Roger Maris 61

Boston Red Sox
All-time – Ted Williams 521
Season – David Ortiz 54

Baltimore Orioles
All-time – Cal Ripken 431
Season – Brady Anderson 50

Toronto Blue Jays
All-time – Carlos Delgado 336
Season – George Bell 47

Tampa Bay Rays
All-time – Aubrey Huff 128
Season – Carlos Pena 46

A.L. CENTRAL
Minnesota Twins
All-time – Harmon Killebrew 559
Season – Harmon Killebrew 49 (twice)

Chicago White Sox
All-time – Frank Thomas 449
Season – Albert Belle 49

Detroit Tigers
All-time – Al Kaline 399
Season – Hank Greenberg 58

Cleveland Indians
All-time – Jim Thome 334
Season – Jim Thome 52

Kansas City Royals
All-time – George Brett 317
Season – Steve Balboni 36

A.L. WEST
Los Angeles Angels
All-time – Tim Salmon 299
Season – Troy Glaus 47

Seattle Mariners
All-time – Ken Griffey 417
Season – Ken Griffey 56 (twice)

Texas Rangers
All-time – Juan Gonzalez 372
Season – Alex Rodriguez 57

Oakland A’s
All-time – Mark McGwire 363
Season – Jimmie Foxx 58

N.L. EAST
Atlanta Braves
All-time – Henry Aaron 733
Season – Andruw Jones 51

New York Mets
All-time – Darryl Strawberry 252
Season – Carlos Beltran/Todd Hundley 41

Philadelphia Phillies
All-time – Mike Schmidt 548
Season – Ryan Howard 58

Florida Marlins
All-time – Mike Lowell 143
Season – Gary Sheffield 42

Washington Nationals
All-time – Vladimir Guerrero 234
Season – Alfonso Soriano 46

N.L. CENTRAL
Chicago Cubs
All-time – Sammy Sosa 545
Season – Sammy Sosa 66

St. Louis Cardinals
All-time – Stan Musial 475
Season – Mark McGwire 70

Pittsburgh Pirates
All-time – Willie Stargell 475
Season – Ralph Kiner 54

Cincinnati Reds
All-time – Johnny Bench 389
Season – George Foster 52

Milwaukee Brewers
All-time – Robin Yount 251
Season – Prince Fielder 50

Houston Astros
All-time – Jeff Bagwell 449
Season – Jeff Bagwell 47

N.L. WEST
Arizona Diamondbacks
All-time – Luis Gonzalez 224
Season – Luis Gonzalez 57

Colorado Rockies
All-time – Todd Helton 325
Season – Todd Helton/Larry Walker 49

San Francisco Giants
All-time – Willie Mays 646
Season – Barry Bonds 73

Los Angeles Dodgers
All-time – Duke Snider 389
Season – Shawn Green 49

San Diego Padres
All-time – Nate Colbert 163
Season – Greg Vaughn 50