If the home run derby was like the all-star game and every team got a contestant, then I guess Belliard would have to be our choice. After all, he's our team leader, with 9 dingers, just edging out Zimmerman's 8. This, despite the fact that Belliard isn't really that much of a home run hitter. But more amazing--he has just 42 starts this year, less than half the 96 games the Nationals have played this year.
This got me to thinking--are there any other teams with a part-time player, defined by someone who has started less than half their team's games, leading the team in homers?
The answer, of course is no. Marcus Thames is closest with 17 HR in 51 starts (54% of the games).
So, when was the last time any player led their team in home runs without starting at least majority of his team's games?
This is where a better blogger would be able to answer the question. But I don't know. Maybe one of the commenters can answer it! Or at least suggest a site where this might be reasonably search-able?