Major League Baseball sets record for most HRs in season

  • Major League Baseball sets record for most HRs in season

Major League Baseball sets record for most HRs in season

Entering Wednesday night's slate of games, teams were 21 home runs away from breaking the record.

Baltimore Orioles infielder Jonathan Villar clubbed home run No. 6,106 in Major League Baseball this season, setting the single-season record.

That the record was broken on September 11, with 18 days still remaining in the season, speaks to how outrageous the pace has been. The rise in home runs during recent seasons has been tied to changes in the baseballs that have made them fly farther. Villar's three-run home run off Dodgers' lefthander Caleb Ferguson gave the Orioles a 5-2 lead in the seventh inning.

In August, big league batters broke the monthly home run record for the third time this year when they hit 1,228 home runs, the Elias Sports Bureau said Sunday.

There were 5,585 home runs previous year. Combine that with rebuilding teams like the Orioles, who have allowed the most home runs in a single season thanks largely to an ill-equipped pitching staff, there might be a ideal storm that's led to home run increase. Prior to that season, the mark stood at 5,693 homers in 2000.

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