For the second time in three years, baseball players in the Major League Baseball (MLB) have set a new homerun record. Jonathan Villar of the Baltimore Orioles hit the 6,106th homerun of the season in the North American top league on the night of Wednesday to Thursday.
The old record of 6,105 homeruns was set in 2017. Before that, the record stood at 5,693 for years. This number of homeruns was achieved in 2000.
After Wednesday's fourteen MLB-games, the counter stands at 6,125 homeruns. There are still eighteen days to go in the regular season, so that number will increase considerably.
The many home runs have been one of the most important themes in the MLB throughout the season. The Minnesota Twins (277 homeruns after Wednesday) have already broken the record for most homeruns in one season for one team. Currently, eighteen of the thirty clubs have hit more than two hundred homeruns.
It is somewhat ironic that Villar broke the record. The Orioles had to collect the most home runs in 2019 (280). "Someone told me after my homerun that I set a record," said Villar. "It's incredible, very cool."
Pete Alonso of the New York Mets has hit most homeruns this season for the time being (47). Of the Dutch internationals in the MLB, Xander Bogaerts (Boston Red Sox) most often hit the ball: 31 times.
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