It’s only the end of August and with plenty more baseball to play, records are already being broken almost daily in the home run category. Team records, monthly records, and rookie records have all been broken recently in “the year of the home run”.
The Minnesota Twins set the record for the most home runs on the road in a season when Jake Cave went deep in the third inning. It gave the Twins 139 on the year, passing the previous mark of 138 set by the San Francisco Giants in 2001. They went on to hit 2 more in the game, and with the team total at 141 and many more away games still left, they have the chance to completely rewrite the record.
In addition, the Twins’ total for the year is at 261, only 6 away from the all-time record set by the Yankees in 2017.
Aristides Aquino of the Cincinnati Reds set two records with one swing of the bat in the first inning. With his 14th home run in August, he broke the record for the most home runs by an NL rookie in a calendar month, surpassing Cody Bellinger’s 13 in June 2017.
In addition, he tied the Reds franchise record for most homers by anyone in a calendar month, joining Hall of Famer Frank Robinson and Greg Vaughn on that list. That is a pretty impressive feat for a Reds rookie, considering the organization celebrated 150 years this season.
Every month this year, from April until August, has seen the calendar month homer record surpassed. In this new era of home runs we have seen in the past 4 years, it seems as if every home run record in baseball will have been broken by the end of the year.