Raul Ibanez homers and makes history

May 16, 2013, 10:01 AM | Updated: 10:42 am

By Gary Hill

Raul Ibanez bashed two homers and drove in six as the avalanche of runs buried the Yankees 12-2 Wednesday.

Ibanez has caught fire after scuffling through an April where he hit .158 with 15 strikeouts in 57 at-bats. He has already launched four homers in May while boasting a blistering .421 batting average. In the first two games of the series against the Yankees he has clubbed three homers and driven in eight.

The former Yankee has put himself in the top-10 in homers at the new Yankee Stadium (19). He also became the 28th-oldest player in baseball history with a multi-home-run game. Julio Franco tops the list when he hit two in 2005 with the Braves as a 46-year-old. Edgar Martinez appears on the list at No. 16 when he smashed two homers off of Cliff Lee in a game against Cleveland in 2005. Eric Wedge was the skipper for the Indians at the time. Stan Musial socked three home runs in a game as a 41-year-old.

Raul Ibanez homered twice Wednesday. (AP)

There have been 76 occurrences of multi-homer games from a player 40 or older. Here is the top-17 by age:

1. Julio Franco, 46.3
2. Carlton Fisk, 43.3
3. Carlton Fisk, 43.2
4. Enos Slaughter, 43.1
5. Barry Bonds, 42.3
6. Barry Bonds, 42.2
7. Dave Winfield, 42.2
8. Darrell Evans, 42.0
9. Barry Bonds, 42.0
10. Ted Williams, 41.4
11. Ted Williams, 41.3
12. Greg Nettles, 41.3
13. Darrell Evans, 41.3
14. Greg Nettles, 41.3
15. Ted Williams, 41.2
16. Edgar Martinez, 41.2
17. Stan Musial, 41.2

Ibanez has now has two multi-homer games over the age of 40 and only 16 players have accomplished that. Hank Sauer went deep multiple times in a game over the age of 40 a record eight times. Here is the list:

Hank Sauer, 8
Barry Bonds, 6
Carlton Fisk, 4
Moises Alou, 4
Dave Winfield, 3
Ted Williams, 3
Jim Thome, 3
Greg Nettles, 3
Stan Musial, 3
Reggie Jackson, 3
Darrell Evans, 3
Edgar Martinez, 2
Raul Ibanez, 2
Rickey Henderson, 2
George Brett, 2
Harold Baines, 2

Thanks to the two homers by Ibanez, the Mariners’ outfield now has more homers than any other outfield in baseball:

Seattle, 26
Colorado, 24
Texas, 20
St. Louis, 20
Chicago (AL), 19

The outfield last season for the M’s swatted 54 home runs for the season, which was 18th in baseball. Michael Saunders (19) and Casper Wells (10) were the only outfielders to hit more than seven a season ago. Meanwhile, Michael Morse (nine), Ibanez (six), Jason Bay (four), Saunders (four) and Franklin Gutierrez (four) are all on pace to crack double figures this season.

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