- Jayson Stark, Senior Writer, ESPN.com
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If the biggest name in baseball can hit his 715th home run and nobody outside the 415 area code even claps, that should tell us something.
And not just about the man hitting the home run.
It should tell us something about what has become of the mighty home run itself.
When Barry Bonds and his cohorts in the Asterisk Generation can perform radical surgery to remove all the romance from one of the most romantic numbers in any sport -- 714 -- it's time to reevaluate.
It's time to reevaluate the home run and what it means in our culture. And it's time, especially, to reevaluate what we've always looked on as our favorite records in the record book.
If numbers like 714 are going to cease to mean anything, then what do any home run records mean? And if the home run records are no longer the coolest, most celebrated records in baseball, what replaces them?
We've asked this question recently to a bunch of baseball people -- players, ex-players, executives, historians, writers and great statistical minds:
"If we take all home run records out of the argument, what are the 10 best records in baseball?" That's the question.
But by "best," we don't mean: Which ones are the hardest to break?
Look, even Fernando Tatis (two grand slams in one inning) has an unbreakable record. But it's not a record anybody cares about.
What we're looking for are the records people care about most. We're looking for the records that would create the most buzz if someone were closing in on them.
We want electricity. We want poetry. We want (here's that word again) romance. We don't want just John Kruk to be talking about these feats. We want Katie Couric to be talking about them. We'd even settle for Campbell Brown.
That won't be possible with all 10 of these. Katie should know that up front. But that's the goal.
We also need to warn you: As we went along in this debate, we found out it's time to reevaluate one more thing -- what constitutes a "modern" record.
Nap Lajoie hit .426 in 1901. Jack Chesbro won 41 games in 1904. But do those records have any relevance to "modern" baseball? Be serious.
So for the purposes of this column, we're going to consider .400 and 30 wins to be de facto records, even though they're not records you'll currently find in any record book. We'll get into this issue in a follow-up column in a few days. But for now, here they come -- The 10 Best Records in Baseball:
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Max Scherzer, who could miss his next start for the Washington Nationals with a sprained thumb, says the National League would be better served if pitchers weren't asked to bat.
The Dodgers put Yasiel Puig on the 15-day disabled list due to a tight left hamstring, marking the first time the mercurial outfielder has been on the DL in his big league career.
Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon made a terrific leaping catch against the Chicago White Sox.
Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain is ready to move on after the Royals brawled with the Chicago White Sox in the series opener on Thursday night.
Adrian Beltre had a rough night at the plate Friday against Garrett Richards, but the Rangers third baseman got the last laugh, sending the Angels pitcher an invoice for three broken bats.
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After finding out Adam Wainwright will likely miss the rest of this season due to an Achilles injury he suffered on Saturday, the Cardinals lost to the Brewers.
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Six players were suspended and a seventh was fined for their roles in Thursday's Royals-White Sox brawl.
The Yankees began to make amends for a decade-long oversight by kicking off a celebration of Bernie Williams and his time with the club.
If Giancarlo Stanton needs inspiration in his comeback from getting hit in the face, he can look to players who kept going through similarly traumatic experiences.