No, not the 73 dripping with Steroid juice hit by Barry Bonds. I am talking about the home run record by a second baseman which currently stands at 42 (Davey Johnson, Roger Hornsby). Both Dan Uggla and Chase Utley could hit 40, if not more this season. Heck, Utley could reasonably hit 50 considering he plays on a souped-up Little League field.
In 59 games this season Chase already has 21. He also has 51 RBI and is hitting for a .320 average. His career-high in home runs came in 2006 when he hit 32, in 160 games. Meanwhile, a complete unknown (to most) by the name of Dan Uggla is putting up some great numbers, as well. In 55 games, Uggla has 16 home runs, 38 RBI, and 21 doubles.
It’s almost certain given the current numbers that both Uggla and Utley will be “chasing 42” when the season starts winding down. The only question that remains is who will finish with a better record? The Philadelphia Phiilies who spent $98 million for their team, or the Florida Marlins who donated just $21 million? As of now, it’s the Marlins over the Phillies but it’s still a long way to go.