By Kyle Melnick
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Baltimore Orioles trailing the Washington Nationals, 3-1, July 12, center fielder Adam Jones smacked a solo home run to left field. Though first baseman Chris Davis struck out in the next at bat to give the Orioles the loss, Jones' home run accomplished a feat more notable than winning a rubber match.
In his eighth season with Baltimore, Jones hit his 180th home run, surpassing former Baltimore All-Star Frank Robinson with the ninth-most home runs in franchise history.
Jones, 29, will have a chance to continue to move up the list. But who else does he need to surpass, and how many more shots does he need to catch the eight Orioles in front of him? Here's a look:
No. 8 -- 182 home runs
OF Ken Singleton (1975-1984)
Expect Jones to surpass Singleton soon after the All-Star break, as he needs just three more home runs to move into eighth place.
Singleton hit .276 with 18 home runs to help the Orioles win the World Series in 1983. He hit 20 or more home runs in four consecutive seasons from 1977-1980, including 35 in 1979, when he finished second in MVP voting.
The New York native was a three-time All-Star. He finished in the top five in the American League in on-base percentage five times in Baltimore.
The only year he didn't hit double-digit home runs as an Oriole was his final season in 1984.
No. 7 -- 185 home runs
OF Ken Williams (1918-1927)
Another likely candidate for Jones to surpass this season, Williams played for the St. Louis Browns before the team moved to Baltimore in 1954.
Williams finished in the top four in the AL in home runs for seven consecutive seasons from 1921-27. In 1922, Williams led the league in home runs (39) and RBIs (155). He hit double-digit home runs in all but one full season with the Browns.
No. 6 -- 209 home runs
OF Brady Anderson (1988-2001)
Anderson broke out in 1996 with 50 home runs, just two behind Oakland first baseman Mark McGwire, who later admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs. Anderson's .637 slugging percentage was good for third in the AL that same year.
The Silver Spring, Md., native was a three-time All-Star. He was also known for his speed, finishing in the top 12 in the AL in stolen bases in six seasons.
He participated in the home run derby in 1996 and 1997, but he never won the crown.
No. 5 -- 223 home runs
1B Rafael Palmeiro (1994-98, 2004-05)
Though Palmeiro spent half of his career with the Texas Rangers, he hit the 12th- most home runs in MLB history with 569. He was a two-time AL Silver Slugger Award winner, one with Baltimore in 1998. He also won the AL Gold Glove with the Orioles in both 1997 and 1998.
The Cuban finished in the top 10 in home runs in the AL 11 times. From 1995-98, he hit 38 or more home runs each season. In 1996, he finished sixth in MVP voting with 39 home runs and 142 RBIs.
Palmeiro returned to Baltimore for the final two years of his career. After recording his 3,000th career hit on July 15, 2005, though, Palmeiro was suspended for testing positive for an anabolic steroid.
No. 4 -- 268 home runs
3B Brooks Robinson (1955-1977)
Robinson spent his entire 23-year career with the Orioles. He was best known for his defense, winning 16 consecutive Gold Gloves from 1960-1975, tied with left-handed pitcher Jim Kaat for the second most. Robinson was an 18-time All-Star and led the Orioles to World Series wins in both 1966 and 1970.
In 1964, Robinson was awarded AL MVP after leading the league in RBIs (118) and batting a career-high .317. He finished in the top five in All-Star voting five times.
The Little Rock, Ark., native hit double-digit home runs 11 times during his career, with a career-high 28 in 1964. He was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 1983.
No. 3 -- 303
1B Boog Powell (1961-1974)
Powell is also fourth all time in Orioles franchise history with 1,063 RBIs.
The Lakeland, Fla., native finished in the top 10 in the AL seven times in both home runs and RBIs. He was named AL MVP in 1970 after hitting 35 home runs and 114 RBIs.
Powell was a member of the Orioles' World Series winning teams in both 1966 and 1970. He was a four-time All-Star, and he led the league in slugging percentage (.606) in 1964.
No. 2 -- 343
1B Eddie Murray (1977-1988, 1996)
Murray was awarded the AL Silver Slugger Award and the Gold Glove award three times. He also helped the Orioles to a World Series title in 1983.
The Los Angeles, Calif., native was an eight-time All-Star. He finished second in MVP voting twice and finished in the top five six times. He led the AL with 22 home runs and 78 RBIs during the 1981 strike-shortened season. In 1984, he led the league in walks (107) and on-base percentage (.410).
Murray was the home run derby champion in 1981. He finished with 22 or more home runs in all but two of his seasons in Baltimore.
No. 1 -- 431
SS Cal Ripken Jr. (1981-2001)
Ripken, the most accomplished Orioles player ever, holds the MLB record for most consecutive games played, and he played his entire career in Baltimore.
Ripken was a two-time AL MVP and an 19-time All-Star. He won the Silver Slugger Award eight times, and he led the Orioles to a World Series win in 1983.
During his first MVP year in 1983, Ripken led the AL in runs, hits, plate appearances and at bats, while hitting .318/.371/.517 with 27 home runs.
The Havre de Grace, Md., native played in every game for 16 straight seasons. He also hit more than 20 home runs in 12 seasons.
In his first year of eligibility in 2007, Ripken was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame.