Alfonzo, Erstad lacking power

Some players have got to be wondering when that first long fly is finally going to come.

Updated: June 1, 2004, 4:11 PM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
All of a sudden, it's May 12 and you haven't hit your first home run yet. What will you do? Where will you turn?

If you're like most of the players in the big leagues with a '0' in the home run column, you won't sweat it. Of the 685 men who have appeared in a game this year, 315 of them have managed to hit at least one homer. As for the rest, many are pitchers, many have batted very few times and others, like Neifi Perez and Juan Pierre, have never counted the home run as part of their game.

There are a few, however, who have got to be wondering when that first long fly is finally going to come. None of them are considered sluggers, but all have hit more than a few in their time. What follows is a list of the 10 men who have homered most frequently in their big league careers through 2003, but who have yet to smack a big fly in 2004 (minimum 75 at bats). They are:

Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.

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