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June 20, 1997

The Angels have the honor, although a dubious one, of being one of the major league teams never to have had a player hit 40 home runs in a season. A look at the four teams, the closest a player has come and the teams' current leader:

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Team Closest Current Team Leader Angels Reggie Jackson (39 in 1982) Jim Edmonds (12) Astros Jeff Bagwell (39 in 1994) Bagwell (20) Royals Steve Balboni (36 in 1985) Jeff King (12) Expos Henry Rodriguez (36 in 1996) Rodriguez (14)

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Note--No player in Los Angeles Dodger history has hit 40 home runs. Mike Piazza came closest with 36 home runs last year. Todd Zeile leads this year with 15.

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