When Jonathan Villar of the Baltimore Orioles hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning of a relatively inconsequential September game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, it took a little digging beneath the surface to find out just how significant the long ball was.
The three-run blast was the 6,106th home run of the season in the MLB, which broke the record for the most ever home runs in a single season in the history of the league.
Villar’s homer off of Dodgers reliever Caleb Ferguson put the cherry on top of what has been a power-dominant season in Major League Baseball. Amid accusations of the league using a “juiced” baseball, teams are on base to hit over 6,700 home runs on the season, smashing the previous record.
It’s worth noting that two and a half weeks remain until the end of the season, which will give players even more time to increase the record.
Six players have already hit more than forty home runs in 2019, and it appears that several more will join them by the end of the season.
Pete Alonso of the New York Mets currently leads the league with 47 long balls.