Shin-Soo Choo is about to join a very exclusive list. Unless the Indians right fielder hits four more home runs in the final weeks of the season (unlikely) it will be just the 5th time since the end of World War II that the Tribe’s leader failed to reach the 20 homer mark.
It doesn’t make much to hit 20 homers. Tribe leaders with 2o+ over the years include Candy Maldonado (1990), George Hendrick (1975-76), Oscar Gamble ( 1973) and Woodie Held (1960-61).
The last time the Tribe leader had fewer than 20 homers was in 1982, when Gorman Thomas and Andre Thornton tied with 17.