While power-hitting shortstops have become the norm in the American League, they remain a rarity in the National. The sole exception is the Giants' Rich Aurilia (left), who through Sunday had seven homers while also leading the league in hitting with a .393 average. Aurilia led National League shortstops with 22 home runs in 1999 and 20 in 2000, in the process becoming the first shortstop in the league to have back-to-back 20-homer seasons since Ernie Banks 40 years ago, and one of only four ever to hit 20 or more in a season more than once.
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