BALTIMORE -- Whether they were competing for division crowns or in rebuilding cycles, the Orioles consistently did one thing throughout the 2010s: they mashed. At their best, from 2012-16, the Orioles were the sport’s premier slugging team. And even at their worst, they were often an above-average homer-hitting club.
Take the entire decade into account and the Orioles hit 2,064 home runs, third most in MLB. There were a lot to choose from when selecting their Top 10 homers of the 2010s:
1. Davis slugs his way toward history
Sept. 17, 2013
The Orioles had three different home run champions in the 2010s and four overall: Chris Davis in 2013 and ‘15, Mark Trumbo in 2016 and Nelson Cruz in 2014. But only one of those seasons rewrote the record books, as Davis set a new franchise mark by socking 53 homers in ‘13. The previous high was 50 by Brady Anderson in 1996. Davis’ record-breaking blast was key to an eventual 3-2 win in Boston.
2. Hyun Soo to the rescue
Sept. 28, 2016
The Orioles were cradling a one-game lead for the second American League Wild Card spot during the last week of the 2016 season when a critical contest appeared to be slipping away. They were trailing the Blue Jays, who had a grip on the first WC spot, by a single run in the ninth inning. The Tigers had already won that day, meaning an O’s loss would drop them into third place in the race. But Hyun Soo Kim didn’t let that happen, hitting a go-ahead, two-run homer off Roberto Osuna to give Baltimore a dramatic, come-from-behind victory it dearly needed. The O’s would win three of their next four to earn the right to play Toronto again in the AL Wild Card Game.
3. Hello, October
Oct. 2, 2014
Coming off their first AL East title in 17 years, the Orioles were rewarded with an arduous task: an AL Division Series matchup with the Tigers and their three-headed monster of a starting rotation: Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander and David Price -- all former Cy Young Award winners. Baltimore proved up to it. Cruz’s first-inning homer helped the O’s tag Scherzer for five runs in Game 1, and they never looked back. Cruz would also go on to hit what would stand as the series clincher off Price in Game 3, but this homer set the tone for what was a dominant series sweep.
4. Trey Day at OPACY
June 7, 2017
Pinch-hit, game-tying homer in the ninth? Check. Game-winning homer in extras? Check. It’s tough to have a better night than this one from Trey Mancini, who was just a rookie at the time of this big game against the Pirates. Consider it his coming out party, and a sign of things to come for the current face of the franchise.
5. The longest
Aug. 26, 2015
We’re going to use the middle of this list to get three notable superlatives out of the way, beginning with Jonathan Schoop’s mammoth, 484-foot blast against Kansas City righty Johnny Cueto in 2015. No Oriole hit a longer homer since Statcast began tracking that year, though two -- Keon Broxton on May 24, 2019 (474 feet) and Manny Machado on April 28, 2017 (470 feet) -- came close. (Before Statcast, the Orioles’ unofficial longest came from Jeffrey Hammonds, who hit one estimated at 460 feet in 1997). Across all of MLB, Schoop’s ranks as the 15th-longest ever tracked by Statcast.
6. The longest at Camden Yards
June 2, 2017
Both before and after Statcast, many of the longest homers hit at Camden Yards -- Darryl Strawberry in 1998 and Pedro Munoz and Mo Vaughn in ’96 -- have come from opposing players (the longest tracked in the stadium came from Carlos Correa at 474 feet in 2019). Machado challenged them all with his first-inning homer off Boston's Rick Porcello, which Statcast tracked at 465 feet. That’s where the new record stands for a home hitter at OPACY.
7. The hardest hit
April 14, 2018
Even at the tail end of his career, Pedro Álvarez could still get into one every now and then. The former No. 2 overall Draft pick proved that when he unloaded on a Hector Velázquez pitch unlike any Oriole did before or has done since. Alvarez’s two-run shot left the bat at 115.9 mph, per Statcast, the hardest hit by an Oriole ever tracked by the technology.
8. Manny, 3x!
Aug. 18, 2017
Three different Orioles achieved three-homer games in the 2010s, resulting in five instances overall. Two of those came from Machado (the others were Pedro Severino in June 2019 and Davis in 2012 and ‘14), who accomplished the feat against the White Sox and Angels in consecutive Augusts. His first meant more for the playoff-bound Orioles, but his second trifecta gets the nod here because he capped it with a walk-off grand slam.
9. The century mark on Eutaw Street
June 29, 2019
On April 20, 1992, Tigers (and former Orioles) catcher Mickey Tettleton became the first batter to hit Eutaw Street on the fly, thus creating one of MLB’s more exclusive slugging fraternities. Anthony Santander made Camden Yards history in 2019 when his solo homer off the Indians' Zach Plesac became the 100th long ball to clear the stadium’s walls and the 45th Eutaw Street homer to come from an Oriole. Davis owns the most with 11.
10. Villar sets new MLB record
Sept. 11, 2019
The Orioles garnered more attention for the number of homers they allowed in 2019, when they coughed up a single-season Major League record 305. But they also had a hand in proving how it was a record year for homers league-wide, both hit and allowed. Jonathan Villar’s go-ahead three-run homer off the Dodgers' Caleb Ferguson marked No. 6,106, setting the new all-time single-season MLB mark.