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Which Baseball Record Is More Likely to Fall?
June 08, 1998
HOME RUNSIn each of the last three seasons in which they played 100 games, Mark McGwire and Ken Griffey Jr. have been zeroing in on 61 dingers. RBIs? Please. No one's come within 30 of Hack Wilson's 1930 record of 190. It takes other hot hitters to set the table for an RBI guy. A home run hitter doesn't need that help. Of Roger Maris's 61 homers, 31 were solo shots.—Tom Verducci
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June 08, 1998

Which Baseball Record Is More Likely To Fall?

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HOME RUNS
In each of the last three seasons in which they played 100 games, Mark McGwire and Ken Griffey Jr. have been zeroing in on 61 dingers. RBIs? Please. No one's come within 30 of Hack Wilson's 1930 record of 190. It takes other hot hitters to set the table for an RBI guy. A home run hitter doesn't need that help. Of Roger Maris's 61 homers, 31 were solo shots.
—Tom Verducci

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RBIs
Juan Gonzalez drove in more than a run per game over 1996 and '97 but missed 58 games with injuries. Now he's healthy. His 1.3-per-game pace this season would yield 213 RBIs over 162 games. Gonzalez has the table-setters—Texas is hitting nearly .300 as a team—and with the Rangers in contention, he has greater incentive than ever to be productive.
—H.H.

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