Yes, "homers" is easy. Yes, "dingers" and "taters" both have their proponents. But in these uncertain times, we need to agree on an alternate term for the longball.
Prince Fielder never fit the stereotypical look for an athlete, but he could hit with anyone in the game—and just about anyone in history—when he was right.
The Chicago Cubs have done everything to build a seamless, thoroughly contemporary World Series contender. But they still rely on a pair of old-school mashers.
Baltimore entered the season looking like a home-run-hitting, pitching-deficient last-place team. Instead, they're a home-run-hitting, pitching-deficient first-place team.
Not long ago, baseball was full of beefy swing-and-miss mashers. While the league is newly tolerant of strikeouts, the old-school galoot is an endangered species.
Lucas Duda took the longest possible route to prominence, with misbegotten stops in the outfield and on the wrong side of a platoon. Now, finally, he's arrived.
This offseason, the Orioles built a lineup heavy in one-dimensional sluggers. For now, that one dimension—hitting tremendous, towering dingers—is fun to watch.
Eric Thames has always had a big bat, but was blocked in his MLB career. In three years in Korea, he's become the best hitter in the league. Can he make it back?
Mashed taters that just scream "fuck me."
Jose Bautista became a star late, and will not take a discount on his first big free agent payday. He knows what he's worth. It's complicated and it's not.