PHOENIX — In the last two days, Braves third baseman Austin Riley and second baseman Ozzie Albies have reached the 30-homer mark for the first time in their careers. First baseman Freddie Freeman also has 30 home runs, which puts the Braves within striking distance of history.
Shortstop Dansby Swanson has 26 home runs. If Swanson can hit four more before the end of the regular season, the Braves’ infield would be the first in MLB history in which each member hit 30 homers.
The 2008 Marlins were the closest club to achieving a 30-homer infield. Mike Jacob, Dan Uggla and Hanley Ramirez exceeded the 30-homer mark but Jorge Cantu finished with 29 home runs.
Swanson has struggled in September, though. Despite his two hits Tuesday, he’s hitting .127 with one homer this month. He’ll need a sudden power surge if the Braves are going to establish themselves as statistically the most potent infield in MLB history.
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Gabriel Burns is a general assignment reporter and features writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. After four years on the Braves beat, he's expanded his horizons and covers all sports. You'll find him writing about MLB, NFL, NBA, college football and other Atlanta-centric happenings.