Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Ex-MLB'er Balentien Chases Japan HR Record

"Oh" My!
You might remember Wladimir Balentien when he played for the Seattle Mariners. He was an OK hitter—in parts of three seasons in 'The Show'—hitting a grand total of 15 HRs. Now, as a member of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of the Nippon Professional Baseball League, he has collected 51 dingers (as of today) and is four bombs shy of tying the all-time Japanese record (55). With five more, he will pass the legendary Sadaharu Oh and two other ex-MLB players: Tuffy Rhodes and Alex Cabrera. Balentien has 32 games to notch the five round-trippers. Looks like a lock.