In 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.
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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.
“Somebody told me after the homer. That’s unbelievable,” Villar said. “That’s impressive for me, not for me, it’s for the team because we hit it here. That’s awesome. They put the bat in the Hall of Fame. I’m excited for that.”
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, 2019
The 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 heading into Wednesday’s games.
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.
In August, major league batters broke the monthly home run record for the third time this year when they hit 1,228 home runs, the Elias Sports Bureau said. That surpassed the 1,142 in June and 1,135 in May.
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.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: MLB sets new home run record for a single season
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