Orioles’ Jonathan Villar Ironically Breaks MLB Single-Season Home Run Record

Baltimore Orioles' infielder Jonathan Villar hit the 6,106th home run in MLB this season setting the league wide record

Baltimore Orioles' infielder Jonathan Villar hit the 6,106th home run in MLB this season setting the league wide record

Jonathan Villar hit MLB's 6,106th home run of the season with the 22nd blast of the day to set the record.

That breaks the previous record of 6,105 hit in 2017.

That the record was broken on September 11, with 18 days still remaining in the season, speaks to how outrageous the pace has been.

Of course, Baltimore has shattered the record for home runs allowed in a single season, sitting at 279 long balls allowed entering Wednesday. The rise in home runs during recent seasons has been tied to changes in the baseballs that have made them fly farther. It was Villar's career-high 21st homer.

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The Minnesota Twins led the majors with 277 after Jorge Polanco connected in the third inning against Washington ace Stephen Strasburg at Target Field.

Every month has featured at least 1,000 home runs, with July's 1,057 being the lowest total due to the All-Star break. Prior to that season, the mark stood at 5,693 homers in 2000.

More home runs have been hit in 2019 than in any other single season in league history.

Forty players have already topped the 30-homer mark this season.

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