Around the time the Mariners announced their plans to bring in the fences, I started thinking about the history of home runs in Safeco Field. Everyone knows that it has NOT been easy to hit dingers at Safeco during its first thirteen and a half seasons of existence, but I wanted to find out which players have had the most success during that time, in terms of the total career number of home runs hit at The Safe.
The first player that came to my mind was actually Vlad Guerrero, which is a little bit sad. His home runs in Safeco have probably stuck in my mind a bit more firmly than others due to their incredible distance. To this day, I can picture the three longest home runs I’ve seen in Safeco, and one of them was a Vlad-shot into the top three of four rows of the left-field bleachers. (FYI – I’m also remembering a Russell Branyan monster hit to CF in 2009 and a Jesus Montero HR last year against the Orioles, I believe).
Another reason it was difficult for me to guess who might be at the top of this list was that the M’s haven’t had the same kind of dominant sluggers they had during the ‘90s. Before my research, I probably could have told you the top 5 Kingdome HR-hitters more easily than the top 5 Safeco Field HR-hitters. But you probably have some good guesses as to who is at the top of this list, just like I did. Let’s take a look at the TOP 25!
|Rank||Player||Home Runs||Bats||Team||Current Status|
|13||Russell Branyan||23||Left||Mariners||Free Agent|
|11||Ken Griffey Jr.||29||Left||Mariners||Retired|
That’s right. It’s Rauuuuuul!
Let me just leave you with one more fact.
Raul Ibanez has more home runs in Safeco Field than all other current Mariners combined. Bam.