2019 is the year of the home run
Jonathan Villar hitting the 6,106th home run of 2019. Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images
Orioles infielder Jonathan Villar hit the 6,106th home run of 2019 last night, officially breaking the MLB single-season record with 3 weeks left to spare.
By the numbers: Last season, just 3 players hit 40+ HR. This season, 6 players have already accomplished that feat and plenty more are closing in.
- Pete Alonso, NYM (47)
- Mike Trout, LAA (45)
- Christian Yelich, MIL (44)
- Eugenio Suarez, CIN (44)
- Cody Bellinger, LAD (44)
- Jorge Soler, KC (43)
Team leaders: Both the Twins (277) and Yankees (276) have blown past the previous single-season mark (267), and an incredible 16 teams are on pace to set a franchise record.
- Minnesota Twins (277)
- New York Yankees (276)
- Los Angeles Dodgers (259)
- Houston Astros (254)
- Oakland A's (232)
The irony: The fact that the record-setting dinger was hit by a member of the 2019 Orioles — the team that has surrendered more of them than any team in history (by a lot) — is hilarious.