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    Where oh where have my home runs gone?

    David Wright is no longer a top-five pick without the long ball.
    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - So you drafted David Ortiz and were expecting him to hit 30 home runs this season, but he's only got you one measly long ball. Or you selected David Wright expecting he'd be at least a 25-25 guy and so far he has just three home runs.

    Meanwhile, Adrian Gonzalez hit a home run for the third straight game last night and for the 21st time this season.

    You're asking yourself, "What happened to all my team's home run power? Is it time to panic?

    Yes and no.

    Yesterday we spoke about those hitters who were surprising us with their long ball prowess - today we speak about the other end of the spectrum.

    Let's look at those supposed home run hitters who are failing to live up to expectation after more than a quarter of the 2009 season.

    It's not like David Wright isn't playing well, he's just become a high average singles hitter. He's hitting .328 with 31 runs scored, 30 RBIs and 12 stolen bases, so he's helping your team - just not in the home run category. I'm afraid that he won't hit 30+ home runs anymore now that the team has moved into the cavernous digs of Citi Field. He's no longer a top-five pick without the long ball. Expect statistics more like Carl Crawford than David Wright circa 2008.

    Pat "The Bat" Burrell has always been streaky, but one home run in 30 games can't be what the Rays or fantasy owners expected when he left the Philadelphia Phillies for Tampa Bay. Changing leagues is always tougher for a hitter than a pitcher, but this isn't going to change anytime soon. You've got to sit Burrell down until you see some life.

    At least Vladimir Guerrero can blame his low home run total on the fact that he's played just 14 games and has only 57 at-bats. Vlad's best months are usually in August and September, but at age 34 and after 7,480 plate appearances you always have to worry about it being more than just a slump.

    Speaking of more than just a slump, David Ortiz owners have to be petrified. No Manny Ramirez, no bat speed, sore knees and a bad wrist have added up to disappointment and one home run in 178 at-bats. He even had to be dropped in the batting order. I'd suggest you try and trade him, but you won't get anything for him. If you need the roster spot, don't hesitate to do the formerly unthinkable.

    Jhonny Peralta has hit 20+ homers in three of the last four years, so his complete lack of power is unexpected. Last season he produced 69 extra base hits, but through 45 games he has 10 this year - nine doubles and a lone home run. His slugging percentage is down 138 points and his OPS is down 117 points. He should be on your bench until he finds his swing - hopefully sometime this season.

    Geovany Soto was the 2008 NL Rookie of the Year and very high draft choice in 2009 (Average Draft Position 50 - No.4 catcher), but he hasn't live up to the hype . His average is down 70 points from a year ago and his slugging percentage is down a whopping 232 points. Just five extra base hits in 125 at- bats. I wouldn't cut him, but he should certainly be watching from the sidelines until you see some life out of his bat.

    Rick Ankiel wasn't hitting for much power when he ran into the centerfield wall back in early May and with the improved play of rookie Colby Rasmus, Ankiel might not get enough at-bats to be a viable fantasy starter the rest of the way.

    PlayerTeamGms Played2009 HR2008 HR
    David WrightNYM49333
    Rick AnkielSTL29225
    Pat BurrellTB30133
    Vladimir GuerreroLAA14127
    Jhonny PeraltaCLE45123
    Geovany SotoCHC40123
    David OrtizBOS46123


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    Welcome to Great38 Tampa Bay WTTA-TV/DT - WFLA News Channel 8

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      Exclusive look inside newly renovated Al Lang Stadium Video included

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      Great 38 News Now got an exclusive look at the newly renovated Al Lang Stadium while it was still under construction. More>>

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      PARC prepares for 41st Annual Golf Tournament Video included

      PARC prepares for 41st Annual Golf Tournament PARC prepares for 41st Annual Golf Tournament
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      PARC is a local non-profit organization whose goal is to turn disabilities into capabilities. They provide opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest.  More>>

      Trio talks about 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

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      You may remember these familiar faces. Mallory Lykes Dimmitt and Joe Guthrie stopped by Great 38 News Now in January before they set off on their 900 mile trek across the state of Florida. More>>

      News Now: JDRF is walking for a cure Video included

      Updated:

      JDRF is walking for a cure. Their goal is to create a world without type 1 diabetes. To help raise awareness and funds, they are holding a 5k walk on April 11th at Amalie Arena. Nicole Johnson and Tim Rivers stopped by to fill us in and to share their stories of living with diabetes. More>>

      News Now: Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      The Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic took place on the 21st. The ladies put on their big hats and the men donned their bowties, and we raised a lot of money for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Children's Cancer Center. This recap is brought to you by Marco's Pizza, who graciously donated $2,000 during the event. More>>

      News Now: Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, Morgan Auto Group hosts their annual Charity Polo Classic. It's an event unlike any other in this area.This year, it is taking place on March 21st and benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Children's Cancer Center. More>>

      Celebrating Music Education Spirit Week

      Updated:

      We are celebrating kids who rock with Music Education Spirit Week! Lorri Naylor, a Lowry Elementary School teacher and a part of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council, fills us in on the festivities.
      More>>

      USF 'Young Innovator' creates anti-bully band Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, USF holds their Young Innovator Competition, encouraging kids between kindergarten and 8th grade to invent something new or improve upon something that already exists. Meet Alexis Martin, this year's winner. The Anti-Bully Band she invented is her plan to stop bullying. More>>

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        Sunday, April 26 2015 11:18 AM EDT2015-04-26 15:18:03 GMT
        Temps will only fall back to around 76 by Sunday morning.
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      • Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Wednesday, March 18 2015 11:05 AM EDT2015-03-18 15:05:08 GMT
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
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