Baltimore Orioles: Top 5 home run hitters in franchise history

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4. Brooks Robinson — 268 home runs

Robinson is most famous for his glovework, but Orioles fans know that this 1983 Hall of Fame inductee could be a menacing presence at the plate. The legendary third baseman had a number of solid power seasons during an era when runs were difficult to come by.

Signed by the Orioles out of a Little Rock high school in 1955, Robinson went on to play in 23 big league seasons and make a whopping 18 All-Star appearances. He trails only Cal Ripken Jr. in terms of games played for Baltimore, and amazingly enough, the discrepancy is tiny: only 105 appearances.

Ultimately, it is this longevity that put Robinson on this list. His 268 home runs may rank fourth in franchise history, but his .401 slugging percentage is simply unexceptional. Among players with 1,500 plate appearances, it ranks behind even contemporaries like Curt Blefary and Don Buford.

But when Robinson did show consistent power, the results were tremendous. He was the slam-dunk choice for MVP in 1964, when he slashed .317/.368/.521 and led the American League with 118 RBIs. He was also a postseason hero, winning the 1970 World Series MVP by hitting .429 with 2 home runs.

Robinson may not have been the most powerful player in franchise history, but he’s still Baltimore baseball royalty. No wonder he sailed into Cooperstown on the first ballot.