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Why Carlos Quentin Is Better Than Hank Aaron

No, Seriously, There's A Stat That Suggests That!

By Derek Togerson
|  Sunday, Feb 17, 2013  |  Updated 7:57 PM PDT
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Why Carlos Quentin Is Better Than Hank Aaron

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SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22: Carlos Quentin #18 of the San Diego Padres bats during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park on July 22, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

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Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin has tremendous talent. He's a 2-time All-Star, but if he could just stay healthy for a couple of seasons, he might start producing at a Hall of Fame level.

Quentin has never played more than 131 games in a season, and only topped 100 games three times. It's a tremendous tease, because his the power in his bat can tame even a monster park like PETCO.

Since becoming a starter with the White Sox five years ago, Quentin has averaged a home run every 16.17 at-bats. How does that stack up historically?

It's tied for the 30th-best ratio of all time. It's better than Lou Gehrig (HR every 16.23 at-bats), Hank Aaron (16.38) and Willie Mays (16.49), just to name a few.

In case you're wondering, Mark McGwire had the best ratio in history. Among non-cheaters, that honor belongs to Babe Ruth.

If Quentin can stay healthy enough to get to 500 at-bats, and goes yard at his current pace, he'll smack 30 homers.

Put him next to Chase Headley, and you have a pair of 30-home run threats in the middle of the Padres lineup, which would make them one of the most potent offensive clubs in the league.

I'm no kidding! In the National League, only the Pirates and Brewers had two guys hit at least 30 homers last year.

Stay healthy, Carlos. Those shorter fences Downtown are beckoning.

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