It's official: 2019 is Home Year.
Jonathan Villar of the Baltimore Orioles hits the 22nd home run on Wednesday night, and the 6,106th of the season, setting the league's leading records. The previous score of 6.105 was set in 2017.
Here's a look at the record-keeping night and a deep dive into the numbers behind the record-setting period.
MLB's new home run record
In 14 games on Wednesday's schedule (the Yankees-Tigers rained) and an average of 2.8 home runs hit in every game this season, it's clear that the record will drop. This meant the biggest question of the night was which player would be lucky enough to hit a record-setting explosion.
Most home runs were hit in a single season
It's probably fitting that the team that allowed most home runs in a season in MLB history hit a record-breaking home run. Jonathan Villar of the Orioles loaded a 93-mph fastball from Caleb Ferguson and hit a home run No. 6,106, breaking the single-season record from 2017. I don't know if Villar knew he hit the record -breaker, but let's just say he enjoyed his rotation around the bases.
Adalberto Mondesi and Marcus Semien joined the home run fun and, as such, tied the home run record. Who will hit the record-breaking explosion?
The Marlins haven't hit many home runs this season – well, compared to most other teams – but Garrett Cooper did on their second night as he and Isan Diaz were back-to-back off two different Milwaukee pitchers. In Little League, everyone gets a bat! In the 2019 major league baseball, everyone is getting on the homer!
Springer Dinger! George Springer hit the 6,102nd HR of the season and we were three away from tying the record.
Don't tell me you're not excited about the home run countdown! Eat your Tootsie Rolls! Teoscar Hernandez of the Blue Jays and Isan Diaz of the Marlins are deep and now we are five in the single-season mark. It's tense, surprising, and, my god, a lot of home runs.
A couple of home runs from the stars of the American League shortstops got us as close to the MLB record as Francisco Lindor and Jorge Polanco went when deep into each other's moments. We are now seven homers away from a new all-time MLB mark.
We're in the last 10 countdowns today and Ryan Zimmerman goes for the Nationals, a three-run shot off Martin Perez that gives the Nats a 5-0 leads the third entry into the Twins. We were nine miles away. Hey, this could be a potential World Series preview!
Back in 1975, it was decided that a million runs in MLB history would be scored in May. MLB has hyped the feat with a countdown scoreboard in each park and the player who scored millions of runs will receive a Seiko watch … and a million Tootsie rolls. (It's a simpler time.) In a run that goes, two players are thrown off the plate at home. In Cincinnati, the Reds & # 39; Dave Concepcion hit a home run and raced around the bases and the team celebrated millions of runs. Alas, the Astros & # 39; Bob Watson scored a second or two before and got the watch and Tootsie roll. So, all I'm asking is when the record-breaking home run is reached tonight as the player dives around the bases and is rewarded with 6,106 Tootsie rolls.
The Year of Home Run is a team effort
An incredible 16 teams are on pace to set a new franchise for home runs during this period. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the most to set a new franchise record in a season was 12 in 2000. Five teams – the Dodgers, Twins, Yankees, Padres and Astros – have already set their franchise mark.
The 2017 season saw 17 different teams with at least 200 home runs, the most in a single season in MLB history. There are 18 teams that hit 200 HR this year. We are on pace to have 23 teams hit 200 homers this year.
Both the Twins and Yankees broke the previous single mark for a team (267 of the 2017 Yankees) and are in a back-and-forth battle to end 2019 with a title.
Can get up to 50 home runs
Six players have reached at least 40 home runs this year, highlighted by MLB top Pete Alonso, 47 homers put him just five away from tying a rookie Aaron Judge record set in 2017.
His injury at the end of the season meant Christian Yelich would not be added to the his career-high 44 homers – but all these lazy guys have a legitimate shot at joining the 50-home run club:
Pete Alonso: Current total, 47; projected, 53
Mike Trout: Current total, 45; projected, 50
Cody Bellinger: Current total, 44; expected, 49
Eugenio Suarez: Current total, 44; projected, 49
Jorge Soler: Current total, 41; expected, 46
Name a benchmark and they are hitting it
While the names at the top of the leaderboard are impressive, we're not talking about a new standard for home runners for a while if it's not t for raising the league to long balls. In all, a suspected 523 players hit home runs this season and there are shocking totals for the number of players who hit each round.
Players with …
30 home runs: 40
20 home runs: 108
] 10 home runs: 256
Select a day, any day
Yes, the only timetable will fall on a Wednesday night – but players will be deeper each day which will end with a "Y." Saturday currently stands as the leader for the home runs weekdays, with Mondays (often baseball day trips) caught up with others.
Here is the breakdown of the day during this period:
If you are more than a monthly tracker
MLB rewrites the record books for home runners each month played during this period. While the early days of the long ball have fans wondering if the pace is slowing down, the answer has been a resounding "no," to players who are really deep down as the season goes on.
Home runs by month
March / April: 1,144