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Sosa making power play for the ages as well

Posted: Thursday April 04, 2002 3:29 AM
Updated: Thursday April 04, 2002 9:49 PM
  Barry Bonds' recent blasts are impressive, but Sammy Sosa's consistency is remarkable. AP

By Jacob Luft, CNNSI.com

The single-season home run record has been passed like a baton in a relay race the past few seasons.

Mark McGwire shattered Roger Maris' mark with 70 longballs in 1998. Barry Bonds followed suit with 73 of his own last season.

Sammy Sosa has yet to wear the single-season home run crown, and possibly never will considering the start Bonds is off to this season. But in terms of a sustained power binge, Sosa is on a historic pace of his own.

The Cubs slugger already has displaced Babe Ruth and McGwire for most home runs hit in a six-, seven- or eight-year span. He needs a mere 41 bombs this season to tie McGwire for the most in a five-year span (245). Barring injury, he is a virtual lock to own that mark.

Sosa also can catch McGwire for the four-year record with 68 homers. The three-year mark would require Sosa to hit 79, while the two-year record is a more plausible 71 homers away.

Sosa's main competition will be Bonds, who needs only 62 this season to tie Big Mac for the two-year record and 71 for the three-year mark.

Cumulative Home Run Records

Two Consecutive Seasons
Rank  Player  Years  Home Runs 
1.  Mark McGwire  1998-99  70-65: 135 
2.  Sammy Sosa  1998-99  66-63: 129  
3.  Mark McGwire  1997-98  58-70: 128  
4.  Barry Bonds  2000-01  49-73: 122  
5.  Sammy Sosa  2000-01  50-64: 114  
 

Three Consecutive Seasons
Rank  Player  Years  Home Runs 
1.  Mark McGwire  1997-99  58-70-65: 193  
2.  Mark McGwire  1996-98  52-58-70: 180  
3.  Sammy Sosa  1998-00  66-63-50: 179  
4.  Sammy Sosa  1999-01  63-50-64: 177  
5.  Mark McGwire  1998-00  70-65-32: 167  
 

Four Consecutive Seasons
Rank  Player  Years  Home Runs 
1.  Mark McGwire  1996-99  52-58-70-65: 245  
2.  Sammy Sosa  1998-01  66-63-50-64: 243  
3.  Mark McGwire  1997-00  58-70-65-32: 225  
4.  Mark McGwire  1995-98  39-52-58-70: 219  
5.  Sammy Sosa  1997-00  36-66-63-50: 215  
 

Five Consecutive Seasons
Rank  Player  Years  Home Runs 
1.  Mark McGwire  1995-99  39-52-58-70-65: 284  
2.  Sammy Sosa  1997-01  36-66-63-50-64: 279  
3.  Mark McGwire  1996-00  52-58-70-65-32: 277  
4.  Babe Ruth  1926-30  47-60-54-46-49: 256  
5.  Babe Ruth  1927-31  60-54-46-49-46: 255  
 

Six Consecutive Seasons
Rank  Player  Years  Home Runs 
1.  Sammy Sosa  1996-01  40-36-66-63-50-64: 319  
2.  Mark McGwire  1995-00  39-52-58-70-65-32: 316  
3.  Mark McGwire  1996-01  52-58-70-65-32-29: 306  
4.  Babe Ruth  1926-31  47-60-54-46-49-46: 302  
5.  Babe Ruth  1927-32  60-54-46-49-46-41: 296  
 

Seven Consecutive Seasons
Rank  Player  Years  Home Runs 
1.  Sammy Sosa  1995-01  36-40-36-66-63-50-64: 355  
2.  Mark McGwire  1995-01  39-52-58-70-65-32-29: 345  
3.  Babe Ruth  1926-32  47-60-54-46-49-46-41: 343  
4.  Babe Ruth  1927-33  60-54-46-49-46-41-34: 330  
T5.  Babe Ruth  1924-30  46-25-47-60-54-46-49: 327  
T5.  Babe Ruth  1925-31  25-47-60-54-46-49-46: 327  
 

Eight Consecutive Seasons
Rank  Player  Years  Home Runs 
1.  Sammy Sosa  1994-01  25-36-40-36-66-63-50-64: 380  
2.  Babe Ruth  1926-33  47-60-54-46-49-46-41-34: 377  
3.  Babe Ruth  1924-31  46-25-47-60-54-46-49-46: 373  
T4.  Babe Ruth  1923-30  41-46-25-47-60-54-46-49: 368  
T4.  Babe Ruth  1925-32  25-47-60-54-46-49-46-41: 368  
 


 
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