San Diego, CA- This past weekend San Diego Padres 2nd baseman Jedd Gyorko hit his 31st career home run to become the franchises all-time home run leader at second base.
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With the Cardinals leading 5-4, Jedd Gyorko would put the Padres ahead for good with his 8th home run and second grand-slam of the season to give him the record.
Now while second base has never really been the power position in Major League Baseball, it is very surprising to see that only 30 home runs was the previous record.
Yet if you look at the top ten in home runs as a second baseman in Padres history it makes sense.
Mark Loretta was the previous record holder with 30 career home runs in his three seasons with the Padres. Overall Loretta hit 76 home runs in his career and surprisingly had his highest home run season with the Padres in 2004. Loretta had 16 home runs that season even though he played in Petco Park.
Roberto Alomar, Bret Boone, Dave Campbell, Tim Teufel, Quilvio Veras, Josh Barfield, Fernando Gonzalez and Damian Jackson round up the top 10. Despite these guys being solid players, none of them would be mistaken as “power hitters”.
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Jedd Gyorko is one of only six Padre second baseman to ever hit at least 10 home runs in a season and this season has the opportunity to become the first ever Padres second baseman to hit at least 10 home runs in multiple seasons.
Hopefully Jedd Gyorko will continue the improvements he’s shown in the second half onto next season and for many seasons to come. If the Padres want to be competitive in the near future they will need Jedd Gyorko to continue to grow into the impact power bat they know he can become. As long as Gyorko continues to grow as a hitter and become more consistent with his power, it wouldn’t be a surprise to eventually see him break Nate Colbert‘s franchise record of 163 home runs and become the Padres franchise leader in home runs.