The record book too, is in constant revision, with Mark McGwire and Ken Griffey Jr. doing much of the rewriting. But they began their careers in the dark ages of the 1980s. The sluggers who have known nothing but post-'92 boom times will surpass them. Alex Rodriguez, 24, is ahead of Griffey's home run curve. Carlos Delgado, 28, is on pace to continue a frighteningly impressive career home run trajectory, beginning with '96, his first full year: 25, 30, 38, 44, 51 (projected).
There is no sign of abatement for Delgado or the almighty dinger. Everyone but the pitchers believes in a game in which homers, or just 3.7% of the at bats, produce 41.0% of the runs. The congregation grows. Worship services held daily.
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