List of the Day: HR leaders sorted by … popes

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Bless you, Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun!

Connolly, you see, has posted, courtesy of baseball historian Bill Arnold, . Yea, verily: Home runs, Popes.

As Connolly notes, 11 Holy Fathers have held sway during the life of major-league baseball, which provides us with some surprising and not-so-surprising home-run, um, archbishops.

Recreated for your spiritual uplift is said list:

home-run leaders, by PopePope, years of reignPapal HR leader, no. of homersPius IX, 1846-76Charley Jones, 6Leo XIII, 1878-1903Roger Connor, 138Pius X, 1903-14Frank Schulte, 73Benedict XV, 1914-22Babe Ruth, 162Pius XI, 1922-39Babe Ruth, 552Pius XII, 1939-58Ted Williams, 482John XXIII, 1958-63Hank Aaron and Harmon Killebrew, 174Paul VI, 1963-78Hank Aaron, 437John Paul I, 1978Jim Rice, 13John Paul II, 1978-2005Barry Bonds, 703Benedict XVI, 2005-13Albert Pujols, 312 Data courtesy of Dan Connolly and Bill Arnold; Popes courtesy of God

Jim Rice, taking the service entrance to greatness yet again.

Anyhow, bets on the HR leader during the reign of ? Giancarlo Stanton? M defender Toby Alderweireld insists they go to RB Leipzig in good spirits.Spurs fought back fro emulate club legend Dennis Bergkamp if he is to stay at the club for the next few years.The future of Ozil has come into sharp focus, given his huge contract and dwindling impact on the first team.Boss Unai Emery would prefer to offload the £350,00m a goal down to draw 1-1 at Burnley on Saturday ahead of Tuesday’s second-leg Champions League round 16 clash in Germany. RBL lead the tie 1-0 on aggregatike Trout? Ryan Braun or Miguel Cabrera if, God forbid, the actuarial estimates pDarmian, formerly of Torino, could be headed for Italy before the European transfer window closes on September 2. Meanwhile, centre-back Marcos Rojo, who came close to a Deadline Day move to Everton, will be staying at the club. “I can see maybe Mattrove to be accurate? Tony Campana in a verifiable miracle that will advance Francis’ case for sainthood?

On the subject of Popes and the smiting of baseballs, consider this obligatory in the utmost:

And also with you.

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