Juicy stat: Major League Baseball sets record for most home runs in a season

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On Wednesday, Baltimore Orioles infielder Jonathan Villar hit the year's 6,106th home run, setting a single-season league-wide record with more than two weeks left on the schedule. The old mark had previously been established in 2017.

"Somebody told me after the homer. I'm excited for that".

On Aug. 22, the Orioles set a new record for home runs surrendered in a single season (259) and are on pace to top 300 by the end of the season. "I've seen enough home runs here from the other side so it's nice to get one from our side". So, there was a pretty decent chance the Major League Baseball single-season record would come at the hands of an Orioles pitcher.

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New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (47) and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout (45) lead their respective leagues in home runs this season, while 108 players had 20 or more round-trippers entering Wednesday's games.

Athletics' shortstop Marcus Semien hit the year's 6,105th dinger to tie the previous league record set in 2017. That surpassed the 1,142 in June and 1,135 in May. That topped the mark set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era.

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