With the Sox, Mags hit 187 of his 294 career home runs. 187 puts him 5th all-time for the Sox. Ordonez averaged 26 homers for every 162 games played in the major leagues. His best HR seasons for the Chisox were 2002 when he 38, and 200 when he hit 32.
Now look at Jose Valentin, who we are talking about today and Carlos Lee who we will feature next Tuesday. They played 11 combined seasons for the Sox both ending their time in 2004 and hit 288homers. That’s 6 more homers than Dye and Pierzynski in 2 less seasons. 26 HR by season and 30 HR over 162 games.
Valentin came to the White Sox from the Brewers in 2000 and in his first month with the team hit for the cycle (A single, a double, a triple and a homer in the same game). H hit 136 of his 249 career homers over his 5 years with the Sox. Over that career he averaged 24 homers per
162 game season. Valentin hit 30 HR in 2004 and 28 in 2001 and again in 2003.
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Walker played first for the Sox and was replaced as an everyday player by Frank Thomas, who was in turn replaced by Paul Konerko, who in turn was replaced by Jose Abreu. Making the 1B position a stable home run source for the Sox going on 30 years. For more A to Z blogging click here.