Flashback Friday: Even Before Michael Reghi, the Orioles Were Touching Off Bombs
March 7, 2014
Michael Reghi arrived in Baltimore one season too late. The man who made familiar, if not famous, the "touched off a bomb" home run call became the O's TV play-by-play guy starting in 1997; however, it was the 1996 Orioles who truly were a bomb squad.
This week's Flashback Friday remembers a team that featured heavy lumber distributed throughout the lineup.
The 1996 Orioles hold the franchise record for most home runs in a season with 257. Brady Anderson led the team with 50 homers. The 2013 Orioles hit 212 home runs. Chris Davis led the way with 53. The difference between the two heavy-hitting lineups is that the '96 O's spread the wealth.
Seven Orioles players had 20 or more home runs in 1996:
Brady Anderson (50)
Rafael Palmeiro (39)
Bobby Bonilla (28)
Cal Ripken Jr. (26)
Chris Hoiles (25)
Roberto Alomar (22)
B.J. Surhoff (21)
Four Orioles players had 20 or more home runs in 2013:
Chris Davis (53)
Adam Jones (33)
J.J. Hardy (25)
Matt Wieters (22)
What would the 2014 Orioles need to do to match the 1996 Orioles with seven players totaling 20 homers or more?
Obviously, the guys listed above would need to hold steady above 20. The addition of Nelson Cruz gives the O's a fifth player who hit more than 20 home runs in 2014 (he hit 27 in 2013). Players six and seven would likely have to come from the trio of a muscled-up Nick Markakis (23 homers in 2007 and 20 in 2008), Manny Machado (14 homers and 51 doubles in 2013) and ... Nolan Reimold?
Perhaps the best way to wrap-up this 20-homer edition of Flashback Friday is to recognize the eight-headed monster that nearly contributed 20 homers to the 1996 Orioles.
So here's to you Todd Zeile (5), Mark Smith (4), Billy Ripken (2), Luis Polonia (2), Mark Parent (2), Pete Incaviglia (2), Gregg Zaun (1), and Tony Tarasco (1). Your contributions to that record season are not forgotten.