But for every Tony Gwynn, there are three Mark McGwires as far as guys coming up.
Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa showed exactly how important the home run was to fans, and consequently, the owners' pocketbooks.
Even before McGwire and Sosa hit it big, baseball was moving toward the home run ball.
Resourceful talent gathering and a well-stocked farm system can go only so far in keeping up with the Joneses - or the McGwires and the Sosas.
Drew, 1B Mark McGwire, CF Ray Lankford, RF Eric Davis, 3B Fernando Tatis, C Eli Marrero, 2B Pat Kelly.
He finished second to Mark McGwire in baseball's dinger derby last year with 66 home runs, and despite a whirlwind offseason schedule, he's bulked up and could have even more power than last year.
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The man you see on TV is the real Mark McGwire, a modest man coping with the wave of fame.
Baseball is about failure,'' McGwire said earlier this year.
If you believe in omens, here's one for you: McGwire, at age 10, hit a home run in his first at-bat in Little League.
If you believe in reality, here's a big dose: McGwire has suffered seven career-threatening injuries, a couple of serious illnesses and a host of bumps and bruises.