Texas Rangers: Joey Gallo finally ties home field homer mark

One would imagine that the career leader in homers at Globe Life Field would be a member of the Texas Rangers. It would make sense; after all, that is their home park. Instead, the career leader entering Friday night was Dodgers’ shortstop Corey Seager, who belted eight homers at the ballpark during an incredible postseason run last year.

That changed on Friday. Joey Gallo finally matched Seager as he belted a homer in the fifth, taking Josh Fleming deep to give the Rangers a 5-0 lead at the time.

Joey Gallo finally ties mark at Texas Rangers home

it is somewhat surprising that it has taken this long for a member of the Rangers to match Seager. While he accomplished his mark in just one postseason, it has taken nearly a full season’s worth of games for someone in Texas to even hit eight homers at home.

Gallo was the natural choice to eventually supplant Seager. He had been the Rangers’ most prolific home run hitter over the past few years, eclipsing the 40 homer plateau twice in his career. However, he has not been the same slugger he was before wrist surgery ended his 2019 season prematurely.

He has had one of his usual seasons, even if the power is not entirely there. Heading into Friday night, Gallo had produced a .205/.361/.378 batting line in 230 plate appearances, hitting nine homers and five doubles. He held the major league lead with 77 strikeouts, but had also drawn an American League leading 42 walks.

But even if the power is not quite what it once was, Gallo is still one of the Rangers’ premier power hitters. Globe Life Park may not be the launching pad one is used to in Texas, but it was still expected that he would set the record for the most homers there. It was not expected that it would take until June in 2021 for that to happen.

Joey Gallo has finally tied Corey Seager for the most homers in Globe Life Park history. It took far longer than one would have expected for a member of the Texas Rangers to have a share of the record.