MLB Baseball 500 Home Run Club

Name the Major League players with more than 500 career home runs.
Through 2020
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Last updated: September 29, 2020
First submittedOctober 4, 2012
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HR
Player
762
Barry Bonds
755
Hank Aaron
714
Babe Ruth
696
Alex Rodriguez
662
Albert Pujols
660
Willie Mays
630
Ken Griffey, Jr.
612
Jim Thome
609
Sammy Sosa
HR
Player
586
Frank Robinson
583
Mark McGwire
573
Harmon Killebrew
569
Rafael Palmeiro
563
Reggie Jackson
555
Manny Ramirez
548
Mike Schmidt
541
David Ortiz
536
Mickey Mantle
HR
Player
534
Jimmie Foxx
521
Willie McCovey
521
Frank Thomas
521
Ted Williams
512
Ernie Banks
512
Eddie Mathews
511
Mel Ott
509
Gary Sheffield
504
Eddie Murray
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Level 12
Apr 1, 2013
aaron deserves the title of home run king, bonds took steroids
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Level 58
Apr 1, 2013
I agree Bonds was jacked of steroids.

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Level 54
Aug 11, 2013
his hat size jumped several notches over the years... Scored 19/25 not bad.
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Level 79
May 12, 2017
Yep, totally agree. I love baseball. I love the history of the game. I can tell you who won or lost every World Series ever played and know something about virtually every series. I begged my dad to let me stay up for one more AB by Hank Aaron in '74 when he broke Ruth's record, and for the only time in my life, cheered for a Yankee when I saw Derek Jeter eclipse 3,000 hits live & in-person. But I have never (and will never) watched the "highlight" of Bonds hitting the HR to break Aaron's HR record.

Aaron is a beloved figure in every baseball town in the country, and is one of the nicest people you could ever meet. Bonds has been nothing but an arrogant, cheating jerk who treated people around him like crap. I love that he cost the Pirates a WS trip back in '91 by flipping Van Slyke off instead of listening to him and moving in a few steps before Bream scored the winning run for Atlanta. What a loser.

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Level 17
Apr 4, 2013
Also, Sammy Sosa should not count because he had a corked bat.
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Level 65
May 8, 2015
AND was on a ton of 'roids,
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Level 86
Apr 17, 2013
Bonds, McGwire, Sosa, Rodriguez, Ramirez, and Palmeiro all took roids.

The only clean guys from that era are Griffey, Thome, and Thomas.

Shef?

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Level 48
Apr 23, 2014
Sheffield juiced too
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Level 80
Apr 24, 2014
Ruth was hopped up on beer and hot dogs.
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Level 79
Apr 25, 2014
To paraphrase Lewis Black, "they were using performance decreasing drugs"
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Level 83
Dec 15, 2015
exactly
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Level 49
Jan 17, 2015
Griffey Jr and Tome were both clean for sure, so was Frank Thomas. all the rest.. took roids and lots of them. Lois Gonz

alez of the DBacks started hitting singles and double after hitting over 50 hrs suddenly yeah he wasn't juiced at all. not sure about others or not.. but most were dirty.

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Level 66
Mar 11, 2016
@bwowls, I am absolutely sure Frank Thomas never took steroids...he was always enormous. An enormous, respectable dude. Thome, it's possible, but I'd like to give the benefit of the doubt
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Level 76
Mar 15, 2016
You are delusional. They all took steroids in that era, pitchers too. You don't need to be jacked. It is about recovery time. They were all juicing, we all knew it, we all enjoyed it, and now we are all so shocked and mad, give me a break.
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Level 54
May 25, 2016
Walacama, Griffey's career perfectly resembled that of a clean player. He was clearly at his best during his prime years in Seattle, went to Cincinnati and got progressively worse/more injury prone as he got older. His recovery timeline was longer than the Nile. I'm 100% confident that he played his entire career clean. So no, they were not all juicing.
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Level 76
Nov 22, 2016
The problem is that it is impossible to be 100% sure. I believe Ortiz had a totally clean career, and I sincerely hope he did. Can I be sure, no. Did he juice, probably at some point. The hall of fame voters need to get over it and put these guys in - the ones that got caught. Or at least put them in and give them an asterisk.
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Level 79
May 12, 2017
Ortiz failed a drug test in 2003. The results were supposed to be kept confidential, but the fact that they weren't doesn't mean he didn't fail the test. In Minnesota (1997-2002) he averaged approx. 25 ABs per HR. Thereafter, in Boston, and for the rest of his career, he averaged approx. 15 ABs per HR. Yep, nothing suspicious about that from a guy who failed a drug test.[/sarcasm]

And as much as I liked Griffey, Jr. (kind of ambivalent about Thome), I would feel a whole lot better about him being clean "for sure" if he was as outspoken against PEDs as Thomas.

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Level 52
Oct 30, 2017
Rafael Palmeiro was always outspoken against the use of steroids until he got caught using them. I thought that was too bad, as he had quietly put together a very good career with HOF numbers.
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Level 54
Aug 14, 2017
The shame of Bonds using PEDs isn't just the doing of it, but he didn't need it. His last clean year is supposed to have been 1998 and his numbers from '98 are pretty much in line with his career up til then.

We'll never know how he would have done after '98 without PEDs.

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Level 80
Apr 24, 2014
Let the asterisks commence!
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Level 45
Apr 24, 2014
McGwire did use steroids...he admitted as much, saying he was using them as early as during his Bash Brothers era with Jose Canseco and the late 1980s Athletics.
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Level 65
Apr 27, 2014
I always find Jim Thome so interesting. The guy was quietly like the fifth-best slugger in baseball...every single year for two decades. You could count on him for 30 home runs and 100 RBIs every season. He never got the attention of so many other hitters, yet he's one of only five people to hit 600 home runs without being tied to steroids, with Griffey, Aaron, Mays, and Ruth. Not bad company.
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Level 65
Apr 27, 2014
He's also famously cited by many baseball players as the nicest guy to ever play the game, which is another accolade for which he doesn't get nearly enough attention.
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Level 49
Jan 17, 2015
just the way he wanted it. He was cool and a fan favorite for many years anywhere he played. (for me I loved Griffey Jr, and as a Reds fan it was awesome and disappointed at the same time when he played for the Reds. I saw his conference when he retired, it was a sad day in baseball. when he and Tome both retired it was sad for a lot of people but I wish them all the best.
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Level ∞
Sep 30, 2018
Thome is definitely Hall of Fame worthy, but he isn't an inner circle great. He dominated the counting stats, but he was a minus defender at an easy position (1B). And, while nobody wants to acknowledge it, it wasn't just steroids that created the steroids era. It was also small ballparks and small strike zones. His career WAR is similar to players like Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell, who could never touch his power numbers.
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Level 74
Jan 25, 2015
Only 29% knew Ernie Banks? Mr. Cub? That is truly depressing. RIP Ernie.
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Level 60
Dec 26, 2016
It's not a matter of not knowing them...it's a matter of thinking of them while a clock is running. It's Jeopardy pressure.
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Level 27
Jun 16, 2015
only 37% know about the all time Twin great Harmon Killebrew? Start studying boys and girls. He had tremendous power.
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Level 54
Jun 6, 2016
How many names can you think of for a home run? http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/103225/different-names-for-a-home-run
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Level 54
Aug 14, 2017
I missed five. No excuse. Maybe Shefield because he moved around so much. It was hard to track him.

I missed MAYS!! For God's sake, I probably saw him hit 25 or 30, almost all at Seals Stadium and Candlestick Park in SF, but also at Riverfront in Cincinnatti, Veterans' Stadium in Philly, Wrigley in Chicago and maybe Busch in St. Louis.

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Level 59
Mar 4, 2020
Aah, the good ole days, when you could pop a greenie, slap a single to the left and carry on, because "everyone else did it". PEDs have been around, in some form, since who knows when. Guys have always cheated to get an edge, since the very beginning of the history of the game, and here we're talking about hitters, don't even get me started on pitchers. This doesn't mean that everyone did it, but lots of the most respected figures did, and lots of those now are in the HOF. What I hate of Bonds is that he was already a HOFer before he took the Cream. He was probably going to be one of the best lef fielders of all time regardless, but he wanted to be The One and lost everything he had achieved thanks to skill and hard work. Same for Sheff, who was not on Bonds level, but not far behind.