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RIP, Earl Weaver

"On my tombstone just write, 'The sorest loser that ever lived.'"

-- Earl Weaver to The Washington Post, 1986

Baseball lost one of its biggest winners recently, as Earl Weaver passed away at the age of 82. The longtime Baltimore Orioles skipper abhorred bunting, played for the three-run homer and agitated umpires with cap-spinning, dirt-kicking, full-throated fury belying his Napoleon-esque frame. Weaver compiled a 1,480-1,060 record in 17 seasons with the O's, good for the ninth-highest winning percentage (.583) all-time among major league managers.

In honor of the salty sabermetric pioneer, here are the batters who have hit the most Earl Weaver Specials during the Pitch F/X era. Mark Reynolds has blasted a MLB-high 24 three-run homers since the beginning of the 2008 season. Ryan Howard, Adam Dunn and Alfonso Soriano have also given Earl plenty to smile about:

Most 3-Run Home Runs in the majors, 2008-12

Batter 3-Run HRs
Mark Reynolds 24
Ryan Howard 23
Adam Dunn 22
Alfonso Soriano 22
Carlos Pena 21
Miguel Cabrera 20
Mark Teixeira 20
Jim Thome 20
Prince Fielder 19
Adrian Gonzalez 19
Matt Holliday 19
Ryan Braun 18
Brian McCann 18
David Ortiz 18
Nelson Cruz 17
Jason Kubel 17
Albert Pujols 17
Dan Uggla 17
Joey Votto 17
Lance Berkman 16


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