Most HRs by a player born in each country

April 21st, 2024

Baseball is played all around the globe, and accordingly, there have been great sluggers from many different parts of the world. Which MLB player has the most home runs of anyone who was born in his native country (or in the case of Puerto Rico, territory)? Here's a look, with a minimum of 100 career homers necessary to qualify for this list.

Aruba: Xander Bogaerts, 175
It didn’t take long for Bogaerts to take this title -- he hit his sixth home run in his 74th career game. Bogaerts, born in Oranjestad, has hit double-digit homers in eight straight seasons. He hit a career-best 33 home runs for the Red Sox in 2019, when he finished fifth in American League MVP Award voting. Bogaerts, who joined the Padres on an 11-year deal he signed in December 2022, is still in the prime of his career, so we can expect this number to increase substantially.
Runner-up: Chadwick Tromp, 5

Australia: Dave Nilsson, 105
Nilsson was born in Brisbane and became the best Australian-born position player to appear in the Majors. The catcher was an All-Star with the Brewers in 1999, hitting .309/.400/.554 with 21 homers in 115 games. But that was the last time he’d appear in a Major League game -- the following year, in order to qualify to play for Australia in the 2000 Olympics, he signed with the Chunichi Dragons in Japan. But he struggled there, batting just .180 in 18 games before being demoted to the minor leagues. He did get the chance to represent his country in the Olympics, though, and did well, hitting .565 with six doubles and six RBIs for Team Australia. He attempted an MLB comeback with the Braves organization in 2004, but didn’t reach the Majors.
Runner-up: Joe Quinn, 30

Brazil: Yan Gomes, 136
The São Paulo-born Gomes hit a career-high 21 homers with a .785 OPS for Cleveland in 2014, winning the Silver Slugger Award for AL catchers. He was an All-Star for Cleveland four years later, posting a .762 OPS with 16 homers in 2018. He was a key member of the 2019 Nationals, who started off 19-31 but went on to win the first World Series title in franchise history. He hit .429 in the NL Championship Series against the Cardinals. Entering 2024, his age-36 season, Gomes was still hitting homers for the Cubs.
Runner-up: Paulo Orlando, 14

Canada: Larry Walker, 383
Walker became the first position player born in Canada to reach the Hall of Fame when he was elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on his final ballot in 2020. The native of Maple Ridge debuted with the Expos in 1989, and went on to launch 383 homers over his 17-season career, including a career-high 49 in a 1997 National League MVP campaign. He remains the only Rockies player to win an MVP Award, and became the first Rockies player to be elected to the Hall of Fame. Walker was much more than a slugger -- a true five-tool player, he won seven Gold Glove Awards in right field and stole 230 bases.
Runner-up: Joey Votto, 356

Colombia: Edgar Renteria, 140
Renteria, who was born in Barranquilla, etched his name in the history books in his rookie season, when he hit a walk-off single up the middle to win Game 7 of the 1997 World Series for the Marlins. Thirteen years later, he delivered another hit that would prove to be the difference in the clinching game of the World Series -- a three-run homer for the Giants off Rangers ace Cliff Lee in the seventh inning of Game 5 to put the franchise on the verge of its first World Series championship since moving to San Francisco in 1958. Renteria also played for the Cardinals, Red Sox, Braves, Tigers and Reds over a 16-season MLB career.
Runner-up: Orlando Cabrera, 123

Cuba: Rafael Palmeiro, 569
Palmeiro has the distinction of being the slugger who hit the most home runs while hailing from Cuba, one of the most prolific countries in the world when it comes to producing Major League talent. With a smooth, easy swing, the La Habana native launched 30 or more homers 10 times while playing first base for the Cubs, Rangers and Orioles in a career that spanned 20 seasons. In an era filled with great first basemen, Palmeiro was an All-Star only four times, a number that certainly could have been higher, and won three Gold Glove Awards.
Runner-up: Jose Canseco, 462

Curacao: Andruw Jones, 434
With Jones being one of the greatest defensive center fielders of all time, it can be easy to forget just how powerful he was at the plate -- he smashed 434 homers over a 17-season career, including an MLB-best 51 in 2005. From 2000-06, the Willemstad native averaged 37 homers a season as he continued to rack up the Gold Glove Awards -- he finished with 10 of those. Playing for the Braves beginning in the mid-1990s, Jones had a lot of postseason opportunities and made the most of them, belting 10 homers, including two as a rookie in 1996.
Runner-up: Jonathan Schoop, 174

Dominican Republic: Albert Pujols, 703
One of the greatest right-handed hitters in the history of the sport, Pujols, who hails from Santo Domingo, passed Willie Mays on the all-time home run list with two against the Rangers on Sept. 18, 2020. He finished his 22-year career in fourth place all time. Pujols was a three-time NL MVP and a 11-time All-Star, and he hit 30 or more homers in each of his first 12 MLB seasons. Nicknamed “The Machine” with good reason, he hit 40 or more homers seven times, leading the Majors with 47 in 2009 and leading the NL with 42 in 2010.
Runner-up: Sammy Sosa, 609

Germany: Max Kepler, 153
Kepler was born in Berlin and graduated from Berlin’s John F. Kennedy High School before signing with the Twins in 2009. And what a find he was for Minnesota -- Kepler’s breakout year was 2019, when he launched 36 homers while posting an .855 OPS, garnering a few MVP Award votes. As of 2024, his 10th Major League season, Kepler continues to put distance between himself and his nearest competitors.
Runner-up: Mike Blowers, 78

Jamaica: Chili Davis, 350
Davis, who hails from Kingston, enjoyed a long and successful Major League career, lengthening it to 19 seasons by becoming a full-time designated hitter in the later years. Davis’ career-high of 30 home runs came at age 37 in 1997, a season before he joined the Yankees for the final two years of his career, helping the Bronx Bombers win back-to-back World Series championships as part of the Yankees’ 3-peat from 1998-2000. Overall, Davis played for five clubs during his career -- the Giants, Angels and Twins in addition to the Royals and Yankees.
Runner-up: Devon White, 208

Japan: Shohei Ohtani, 176
Ohtani's total is only going to climb, and before long should produce enough distance from second place to rival his most prodigious blasts. Since his debut as a two-way player for the Angels in 2017, Ohtani has become baseball's most globally recognized face, not to mention one of the game most popular players. He has averaged 41 homers per season since 2021, and the change of scenery from Angel Stadium to Dodger Stadium in 2024 has seemingly had no effect on his ability to hit dingers. His two MVP Awards won with the Angels could soon have company on the trophy shelf as his Dodgers career continues to unfold.
Runner-up: Hideki Matsui, 175

Mexico: Vinny Castilla, 320
Castilla was born in Oaxaca and signed by the Braves after raising eyebrows in the Mexican League. He was skinny, but wiry strong, and didn’t miss fastballs. He got his big break when the Rockies selected him from Atlanta in the 1991 Expansion Draft. Castilla gradually got more playing time, and in 1995, became a member of the Colorado slugging group nicknamed “the Blake Street Bombers.” Amazingly, from 1996-97, Castilla posted identical figures in batting average (.304), home runs (40) and RBIs (113). Then came 1998, his finest season, when he posted a .951 OPS (127 OPS+) with 46 homers and 144 RBIs.
Runner-up: Jorge Orta, 130

Netherlands: Didi Gregorius, 134
Gregorius, like Bogaerts, earned this title pretty fast -- he hit his third homer in his 16th career game. The Amsterdam native began his career with the D-backs but really took off after joining the Yankees, averaging 24 homers per year for New York from 2016-18. Gregorius hit 24 homers from 2020 to 2022 with the Phillies.
Runner-up: Greg Halman and Jack Lelivelt, 2 each

Panama: Carlos Lee, 358
Lee was born in Aguadulce and signed by the White Sox in 1994. Upon reaching the Majors in ’99, he was a productive hitter, and from 2000-09, he averaged 29 homers and an .852 OPS per season for the White Sox, Brewers, Rangers and Astros. He was a three-time All-Star, two-time Silver Slugger Award winner and received MVP Award votes in three seasons.
Runner-up: Ben Oglivie, 235

Puerto Rico (U.S.): Carlos Delgado, 473
You can hear Rich Eisen now: “Carlos Delgado … DelGAAAT-it.” Delgado was a purveyor of massive home runs, including four in one game at SkyDome on July 25, 2003, against the Orioles. Delgado, a native of Aguadilla, smashed 25 homers in his first full season in 1996, and didn’t look back -- he hit 30 or more homers in each of the next 10 years, finishing fourth in AL MVP Award voting in 2000, and runner-up in 2003, the season he hit those four homers in a single game.
Runner-up: Carlos Beltrán, 435

South Korea: Shin-Soo Choo, 218
Choo, who was born in Busan, has spent 16 seasons in the Majors, primarily as a right fielder and designated hitter. He’s been productive at the plate throughout his career, even while getting older. Though he’s never eclipsed the 30-homer mark in a season, Choo has consistently hit 20-plus over the years, including a career-best 24 for the Rangers in 2019. Though he made his MLB debut with the Mariners in 2005, he only played in 14 games for Seattle before being traded to Cleveland. He made a name for himself while with Cleveland, and was traded to the Reds after the 2012 campaign. Following one season with Cincinnati, he joined Texas, where he has played since.
Runner-up: Ji Man Choi, 67

United Kingdom: Bobby Thomson, 264
Thomson has a lasting place in baseball lore for “the Shot Heard 'Round the World,” a walk-off home run for the New York Giants against the Brooklyn Dodgers to win the 1951 NL pennant. It is considered one of the most famous home runs in baseball history, but Thomson hit a lot more homers over a 15-season career. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and arrived with his family at Ellis Island in New York when he was 3 years old. Thomson hit 20 or more homers eight times and drove in more than 100 runs four times, earning three All-Star selections.
Runner-up: Tom Brown, 64

United States: Barry Bonds, 762
Bonds is the all-time and single-season home run king, and one of the greatest position players in baseball history. Born in Riverside, Calif., he was raised in the Bay Area, where his father, Bobby, was a star outfielder for the Giants. Barry was drafted by the Pirates sixth overall in 1985, and soon became the best all-around player in the game, winning the first two of seven career NL MVP Awards in 1990 and ’92 with Pittsburgh. He then signed with his hometown Giants as a free agent that offseason, and proceeded to hit 586 homers with San Francisco, including a record 73 in 2001.
Runner-up: Hank Aaron, 755

Venezuela: Miguel Cabrera, 511
Cabrera got to demonstrate just how great a hitter he was right off the bat, as his Marlins won the 2003 World Series in his rookie season thanks in large part to his bat, from which three homers left the yard in the NLCS against the Cubs, and another in the Fall Classic against the Yankees. Born in Maracay, he was instantly one of the best sluggers in the game, smashing 30-plus homers in nine of the next 10 seasons. He was a two-time AL MVP and won the Triple Crown in 2012 for the Tigers. Cabrera hit his 500th home run on Aug. 22, 2021, and retired after the 2023 season.
Runner-up: Andres Galarraga, 399