Chronicling MLB’s home run history is one of our favorite things to do. We’ve already sliced and diced things in a number of different ways, but an area we’ve yet to touch in great detail is each team’s home run leaderboard. Today’s subject is the Orioles all time home run leaders, and you’ll see plenty of familiar names here.
We’ll first detail the top-five most powerful careers in Orioles history before listing out the remainder of the top 33.
Orioles All Time Home Run Leaders: Top 5
Cal Ripken Jr.: 431 Home Runs
As we’ve already discussed when highlighting him as one of the team-specific all time home run leaders, Cal Ripken Jr. brought plenty to the table outside of his durability. From 1982 through 1996, he never finished a year with an fWAR lower than 3.5. In fact, he finished with one below 4.0 just three times during his span — 1987, 1992, and 1993. From an overall production standpoint, there are three seasons that truly stick out, so you know we need to mention them.
The first two came consecutively in 1983 and 1984. Ripken produced at least 8.0 fWAR on each occasion. Through the 1,442 plate appearances he accumulated, his slash line stood at .311/.372/.514 with averages of 27 home runs, 42 doubles, 94 RBI, and 112 runs scored. The other campaign was the second time he took home MVP honors in 1991. It was a career year for him in many respects — Ripken posted single-season career-high marks in home runs (34), RBI (114), OPS (.940), wRC+ (154), and fWAR (10.6). His 46 doubles and 210 hits were also second-best to his 1983 campaign, which were better by only the slightest of margins (47 doubles and 211 hits).
Eddie Murray: 343 Home Runs
Eddie Murray had an interesting MLB career arc. He spent his first 12 seasons with the Orioles before making stops with the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, and Cleveland. He then came back to Baltimore for 64 games to finish out the 1996 season and experienced a memorable achievement at Camden Yards by hitting his 500th home run.
Murray led the league in homers (22) and RBI (78) during a shortened 1981 season but never led in either of those categories during a single season again. What Murray did do, though, was rack up plenty of dingers along the way. He made his debut as a 21-year-old in 1977 and won Rookie of the Year honors after posting a .803 OPS with 27 home runs and 88 RBI. From 1977 to 1990, he enjoyed 12 different seasons of at least 20 homers, which included five different campaigns of 30-plus dingers.
Boog Powell: 303 Home Runs
Boog Powell never led the league in any major categories. The lone bolded stat on his Baseball-Reference page being a .606 slugging percentage in 1964. But he did win two World Series, went to four All-Star Games, and finished in the top three of MVP voting three times. He took home the hardware on one of those occasions after slashing .297/.412/.549 with 35 homers and 114 RBI for Baltimore in 1970.
He enjoyed four different seasons with 30-plus homers, but he did it in consecutive years just once — in 1969 and 1970. This was also the only time he collected at least 100 RBI in consecutive seasons. Powell posted three more 20-homer seasons after that 1970 campaign, but that was the last time he went beyond 30 in a single season. This effort has landed him within the top-10 most powerful seasons in Orioles history, too.
Brooks Robinson: 268 Home Runs
Understandably so, the first thing many people think of when they hear Brooks Robinson‘s name is that he was a spectacular fielder. Winning 16 straight (!) Gold Gloves from 1960-75 will certainly do that. However, he wasn’t just great with the glove. With five top-five finishes in MVP voting, one MVP award, a World Series MVP award, and an All-Star Game MVP award, he had to do a little more than just catch and throw the ball with elite consistency.
Robinson’s entire 23-year Hall of Fame career took place in Baltimore, and he posted a .267/.322/.401 line with those 268 homers and 1,357 RBI. Most of his dingers came during a very centralized portion of his career. From 1955-61 and from 1972-77, Robinson slugged more than 10 homers in a season just once. But from 1962-71, he reached double digits each year, including six seasons of at least 20.
His yearly averages during his offense prime included a .274/.331/.435 line with 20 homers, 28 doubles, 87 RBI, and 78 runs scored.
Adam Jones: 263 Home Runs
Adam Jones never finished a season in Baltimore with fewer than 15 taters and he produced seven straight seasons of 20-plus dingers between 2011 and 2017. Add in four Gold Gloves and five All-Star Game appearances, and he provided a little bit of everything for the O’s.
The 2012 and 2013 campaigns stick out when looking at his stats for a few reasons. They’re the only years in which he slugged at least 30 homers, posted an OPS above .800, and scored at least 100 runs. Jones just barely missed making this streak three years in 2014 after hitting 29 dingers with a .780 OPS and 80 runs scored. He did post his only three seasons of at least 4.0 fWAR during this span of time, accumulating nearly half (14) of his career fWAR (29.5).
Orioles All Time Home Run Leaders: The Rest
Here’s what the rest of the top-33 all-time Orioles home run leaders looks like at the moment:
- Chris Davis: 253 home runs
- Rafael Palmeiro: 223
- Brady Anderson: 209
- Ken Williams: 185
- Ken Singleton: 182
- Frank Robinson: 179
- Harlond Clift: 170
- Manny Machado: 162
- Melvin Mora: 158
- Chris Hoiles: 151
- Gus Triandos: 142
- Nick Markakis: 141
- Paul Blair: 126
- Jim Gentile: 124
- Lee May: 123
- Vern Stephens: 121
- Jay Gibbons: 121
- B.J. Surhoff: 120
- Matt Wieters: 117
- Trey Mancini: 117
- Miguel Tejada: 109
- George McQuinn: 108
- Doug DeCinces: 107
- J.J. Hardy: 107
- Harold Baines: 107
- Gary Roenicke: 106
- Jonathan Schoop: 106
- Chet Laabs: 101
If you’re looking for sluggers who fall outside of this list, check it out in full on FanGraphs.