Sometimes the weirdest questions get stuck in my head. Sometimes the most random queries just won’t leave me alone, like an itch that needs to be scratched, or a hungry belly that needs feeding.
So when Paul Konerko steps to the plate, I’m just not that impressed. Oh sure, he hit 40 home runs, good for 5th in the AL. But his SLG of .534 was 9th in the league. Not really impressive in my mind. And I start wondering just how normal it is for a 40-homer guy to slug less than .600. Turns out, once I start digging around, not that out of the ordinary.
Just then Konerko bruises the first offering from Chad Qualls, sending it into the left field seats – a dramatic grand slam that gives the Sox the lead.
So who has the lowest SLG of any hitter with 40 home runs?
The answer to that [ed: insert as-yet-unnamed USSM sponsor here] trivia question would be the Mariners’ own Jay Buhner in 1997.
Buhner hit 40 home runs and slugged .506. His 131 hits are sixth fewest among those with 40 homers, and his 60 XBH are 5th fewest.