Seattle Mariner Raul Ibanez hit two home runs on Friday night in his team’s 8-3 trouncing of the Los Angeles Angels. The two dingers gives Ibanez 24 home runs on the season, only five fewer than Ted Williams’ record set back in 1960 for most home runs in a season by a player 41-years-old or older.
Ibanez’s 24 home runs puts him at fourth on the list. In between him and Williams sits Barry Bonds, who hit 26 home runs during the 2006 season and 28 home runs when he was a 42-year-old in 2007.
Even if Ibanez is able to able to catch Williams, he still has a way to go to match the single-season homers record for players 40 and over: 34 set by Darrell Evans of the Detroit Tigers in 1987.
2013 marks Ibanez’s third stint with the Seattle Mariners. He is hitting .264/.313/.576 (157 OPS+) this season, and his 24 home runs is the third most he’s had in a season in his nearly two-decade career. He’s hit 22 home runs in his last 52 games.
The Mariners are 41-52 on the season.
[Source: CBS Sports]