Baltimore Orioles: Top 5 home run hitters in franchise history
By Sam Belden
The Baltimore Orioles have a long history of production at the plate, but who are the top five home run hitters in franchise history?
From Frank Robinson to Chris Davis, the Baltimore Orioles have employed some prolific home run hitters over the course of their long history.
With three world championships and seven pennants, the Orioles are one of the more decorated organizations in baseball, and their power has been a big reason for that. Including their years as the St. Louis Browns, the team has hit over 13,000 home runs in 118 seasons, good for seventh among MLB franchises.
Birds fans have witnessed plenty of majestic home runs over the years, but when it comes to advancing on the franchise leaderboard, longevity is just as important as power. Every one of the Orioles’ top five home run hitters had a lengthy career in Baltimore. That’s why younger stars like Davis and Manny Machado just missed out, as did some players who spent significant time with other organizations, such as Rafael Palmeiro and Ken Singleton.
In the following slides, we’ll take a look at five names that are synonymous with Baltimore baseball. Together, they have 54 All-Star Game appearances, three plaques in Cooperstown and a staggering 1,597 home runs in an Orioles uniform. Per Wins Above Replacement, all rank among the most valuable players in franchise history.
Those accolades make for a fairly famous bunch, but who knows — some of them may surprise you. Without further ado, here are the top five most prolific home run hitters in the history of the Baltimore Orioles.