Balentien 1 shy of Japan homer record
September 10, 2013
By The Associated Press
TOKYO (AP) - Former major leaguer Wladimir Balentien has hit his 54th home run of the season to move within one of tying Japanese baseball's record.
Balentien has 22 regular-season games left to reach the mark of 55 set by Sadaharu Oh in 1964 and matched by ex-major leaguers Tuffy Rhodes in 2001 and Alex Cabrera in 2002.
Balentien hit a two-run homer on Tuesday in the first inning at Jingu Stadium, but his Yakult Swallows lost to the Hiroshima Carp 9-3.
Balentien, who is from the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao, played for the Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds before signing with the Swallows in 2011. He hit 31 homers in each of his first two seasons in Japan.
Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
4-0 L4, 9-2 Run, 7-1 Guarantees
3-1 L4, 17-7 Streak, +1,788 TY
35-12 L47 Totals, +1,642 TY
4-1 Sunday, 12-3 +911 G-Plays
3-0 L3, 20-9 L29, +1,930 Totals TY
10-2 L12 Totals, 4-1 L5 G-Plays
12-5 +763 G-Plays, 5-2 L7 Totals
18-9 L27 Over/Under Plays
4-2 +219 L6, 8-4 +405 L6 Days
6-2, +476 L8 MLB Selections
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10%
off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20%
off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000
Member Plays each month!