With weeks to spare, Major League Baseball shatters home run record

Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY
Published 9:19 p.m. ET Sept. 11, 2019 | Updated 9:27 p.m. ET Sept. 11, 2019CLOSE
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USA TODAYIn a year defined by the longball, Major League Baseball broke its single-season record for home runs, besting the 6,105 homers hit in 2017.Baltimore Orioles shortstop Jonathan Villar’s three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers was the 6,106th hit league-wide this season.Prior to the mark being broken in 2017, the record had stood since 2000.There’s been plenty of talk about the uptick in home runs this season, with “juiced balls” being the boogeyman to explain the historic homer rate.Considering there are still more than two weeks left in the regular season, the new league-wide total is going absolutely demolish the previous mark Villar helped break.Jonathan Villar deep for THHREEEEE. 🏀 pic.twitter.com/5J96l25s9n— Orioles on MASN (@masnOrioles) September 12, 2019The Twins broke the single-season record for team home runs on Aug. 31, with their 268th homer topping the 2018 Yankees’ mark. This year’s Yankees have caught up with the Twins since then, and at least two other teams will almost certainly finish the season with more than 267.On Aug. 22, the Orioles set a new record for home runs surrendered in a single season (259) and are on pace to top 300 by the end of the season.Whether or not this trend continues beyond 2019 is left to be seen, as the league has had scientists studying the ball and may very well make some changes for the future.AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide

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