Tied for the league with 24 is Dave ‘Mustache’ Teague. He’s been an All Star every season, won 3 Lake Erie Awards, was twice the MVP in the Canadian Playoffs, is hitting .304 with a .974 OPS, and plays three different positions. Throw in 47 BB/ 50 K ratio and you have quite an offensive force. Teague has a lifetime 124 dingers and has hit less than 20 just one time. Many pick him to win the home run crown while vying for League MVP.
His main competition comes from an unlikely source. Tied with 24 homers is Jim Copeland of the Kingston Comets. The Scouting Book on Copeland is that he is a not a leader, not very smart, not loyal, and has poor work habits. He batted .180 last season and is hitting .214 with a .262 OBP. Copeland has walked 24 times and fanned 97. His WAR to date is 0.6. But, he is a masher. With 71 RBI’s to go with the 24 big flies he is on pace to hit 35 homers and bat in 104 runs. Most prognosticators don’t favor him to win any award but the reality is he can’t be ignored.