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This day in 1998: McGwire and Sosa held homerless, Padres and seven other teams idle

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30 home runs were hit by a bunch of guys you haven’t thought about in a long time

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On April 16, 1998, the 12-3 Padres had a well-deserved day of rest. Winners of nine of their past ten games, the Friars were heading to Pittsburgh after splitting a pair in San Francisco. With San Diego out of the picture, the next logical thing to check was how Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa fared. McGwire was 0-for-4 against the Diamondbacks, then sat out the second game of a doubleheader; Sosa, who had yet to announce his presence in the home run race with authority, hit two singles in five at-bats in an 8-4 win over the Mets.

27 other — lesser — players homered this day, with three of them doing it twice. I scoured the box scores and listed them here in alphabetical order; there were a few names I hadn’t thought about in quite a while.

Jeff Abbott, White Sox (2, 3)

Edgardo Alfonso, Mets (2)

Jay Bell, Diamondbacks (3)

Albert Belle, White Sox (1)

Yamil Benitez, Diamondbacks (2)

Jeff Blauser, Cubs (1)

Tim Bogar, Astros (1)

Bret Boone, Reds (3)

Vinny Castilla, Rockies (6)

Craig Counsell, Marlins (1)

Ray Durham, White Sox (1)

John Flaherty, Devil Rays (1)

Jason Giambi, Athletics (3, 4)

David Howard, Cardinals (1)

John Jaha, Brewers (1)

Charles Johnson, Marlins (3)

Jeff Kent, Royals (3)

Mike Lieberthal, Phillies (1)

Jason McDonald, Athletics (1)

Dean Palmer, Royals (5)

Jeff Reed, Rockies (2)

Alex Rodriguez, Mariners (5)

Henry Rodriguez, Cubs (6)

David Segui, Mariners (6)

Matt Stairs, Athletics (2)

Devon White, Diamondbacks (1)

Matt Williams, Diamondbacks (3, 4)

The record, their first, and to date, only official live album, came out later that summer. It was their first since 1996’s White Light, White Heat, White Trash, and their last until 2004’s Sex, Love[,] and Rock ‘n’ Roll. I have owned it on both CD and cassette at different times.