George Springer of Blue Jays hits 55th lead-off home run vs. athletics and climbs to second place all-time

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On Sunday afternoon, the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the last place Oakland Athletics (TOR 12, OAK 1) to win the three-game weekend series. It is Toronto’s fourth victory in their last five games.

As he often does, George Springer got things moving for the Blue Jays. He sent A’s starter Luis Medina’s second delivery to the left field seats for a first home run and a quick 1-0 lead. Springer went 2 for 3 with the homer and walk on Sunday, scoring or driving in three of his team’s 12 runs. Here’s the blast from the game:

Sunday’s lead-off home run was Springer’s third of the season and also his 55th career lead-off home run. That puts him in sole possession of second place on the all-time leadoff home run leaderboard, behind only the great Rickey Henderson. This is the career leadoff homer leaderboard:

  1. Ricky Henderson: 81
  2. George Springer: 55 (and counting)
  3. Alfonso Soriano: 54
  4. Craig Biggio: 53
  5. Ian Kinsler: 48

Springer now has 16 career leadoff homer records with the Blue Jays — the other 39, of course, came with the Houston Astros — and he holds the single-season leadoff homer records for both Toronto (nine in 2022) and Houston ( 12 in 2019). ). Henderson’s career-best season in a single season was nine opening home runs with the 1986 New York Yankees.

Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Mookie Betts is second among active players with 43 home runs. He ranks ninth on the all-time list.

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