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Major League Baseball players who have hit 30 or more home runs before the All-Star break

Listed below are the Major League Baseball players who have hit 30 or more home runs before the All-Star Game break. There were no MLB All-Star games prior to , as the All-Star game is not played exactly at mid-season but about 90 games in (the full season is 162 games).

The list

This list is sorted chronologically. Multiple occurrences are denoted in parentheses.

  • The season was shortened due to MLB players strike.

 

Notes

Only three players have hit 30 or more homers before the All-Star break and 30 or more homers after it in the same season:
Year Player Team HR After Total
Willie Mays New York Giants 31 10 41
Roger Maris New York Yankees 33 28 61
Harmon Killebrew Minnesota Twins 30 19 49
Reggie Jackson Oakland Athletics 37 10 47
Frank Howard Washington Senators 34 14 48
Willie McCovey San Francisco Giants 30 15 45
Willie Stargell Pittsburgh Pirates 30 18 48
Willie Stargell (2) Pittsburgh Pirates 30 14 44
Dave Kingman New York Mets 30 7 37
Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies 31 14 45
Mark McGwire Oakland Athletics 33 16 49
Kevin Mitchell San Francisco Giants 31 16 47
* Ken Griffey, Jr. Seattle Mariners 33 7 40
* Matt Williams San Francisco Giants 33 10 43
* Frank Thomas Chicago White Sox 32 6 38
Brady Anderson Baltimore Orioles 30 20 50
Mark McGwire (2) Oakland/St. Louis 31 27 58
Ken Griffey, Jr. (2) Seattle Mariners 30 26 56
Mark McGwire (3) St. Louis Cardinals 37 33 70
Ken Griffey, Jr. (3) Seattle Mariners 35 21 56
Sammy Sosa Chicago Cubs 33 33 66
Greg Vaughn San Diego Padres 30 20 50
Sammy Sosa (2) Chicago Cubs 32 31 63
José Canseco Tampa Bay Devil Rays 31 3 34
Mark McGwire (4) St. Louis Cardinals 30 2 32
Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants 39 34 73
Luis González Arizona Diamondbacks 35 22 57
Barry Bonds (2) San Francisco Giants 30 15 45
David Ortiz Boston Red Sox 31 23 54
Jim Thome Chicago White Sox 30 12 42
Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees 30 24 54
Mark McGwire (37/33), 1998
Sammy Sosa (33/33), 1998
Sammy Sosa (32/31), 1999
Barry Bonds (39/34), 2001
Bonds holds the record of most home runs prior to the All-Star game (39), 2001
McGwire has accomplished this feat the most times (4); 1987, 1997, 1998, 2000
The San Francisco Giants hold the record for the most occurrences (6); 1954, 1969, 1989, 1994, 2001, 2003

There have been three occurrences of a player hitting 30 home runs before the break, but failing to hit more than 10 after in a non-strike season:
Dave Kingman (30/7), 1976
José Canseco (31/3), 1999
Mark McGwire (30/2), 2000

{| |- Nine of the players listed above would go on to win the MVP of their respective league: Willie Mays(1954), Roger Maris(1961), Wille McCovey(1969), Kevin Mitchell(1989), Frank Thomas(1994), Ken Griffey Jr. (1997), Sammy Sosa(1998), Barry Bonds(2001 and 2003), Alex Rodriguez(2007).

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