Quiz – Monster Mashers (stumped)

All of these players were noted sluggers. But, they alone share the distinction of a certain accomplishment to start their careers. What is it?

  1. Babe Ruth
  2. Ralph Kiner
  3. Harmon Killebrew
  4. Dave Kingman
  5. Juan Gonzalez
  6. Mark McGwire
  7. Mike Piazza
  8. Alex Rodriguez
  9. Ryan Howard

Hint: one active player stands a good chance of joining this group

Looks like this one is a stumper. The solution is that only these players hit 300 home runs over their first 5000 PA, something that Giancarlo Stanton¬†could accomplish next season. Here are our group’s career totals through the game in which each reached 5000 PA.

20 thoughts on “Quiz – Monster Mashers (stumped)

  1. ThickieDon

    Never mind, I don’t think that’s it.

    Several other active players accomplished the feat.

    It’s gotta be something else.

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  2. Richard Chester

    Ryan Howard has played in 1572 games so it may be an accomplishment in 1500 or fewer games. I ran the PI for several numbers of games played in multiples of 100. There are players other than the ones on the list

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  3. ThickieDon

    I know Howard was fastest ever to 100 HR, going by games and at bats (not by age, that’s pretty much always going to be A-Rod).

    Kiner was 2nd fastest. I think McGwire was 3rd, but I could be mistaken.

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  4. Doug Post author

    The solution is that these are the only players with 300 home runs over their first 5000 PA. Giancarlo Stanton should join them next year.

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  5. ThickieDon

    Wow. I should have gone there but didn’t – I assumed it had to be a lesser PA total rather than greater due to the absence of Schmidt, Griffey, Pujols, etc.

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