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7 hours ago, Can_of_corn said:

At least, unlike the kids you teach, I'm actually the best at something.

Not sure how this thread turned into you dumping on some Little Leaguers, but that's enough, thanks. Let's get back to the topic at hand.

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• Most home runs in a season, MLB: Record is 6,105, set in 2017. There were 6,084 homers hit through Tuesday's games.
• Most home runs in a season, American League: Record is 3,170, set in 2017. There were 3,119 homers hit in the AL through Tuesday's games.
• Most home runs in a season, National League: Record is 3,005, set in 2000. There were 2,965 homers hit in the NL through Tuesday's games.
• Most home runs in a season, MLB team: new record, set by both the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees (276 through Tuesday).
• Most home runs in a season, AL team: new record, set by the Twins and Yankees (276 through Tuesday).
• Most home runs in a season, NL team: new record, set by the Los Angeles Dodgers (258 through Tuesday).
• Most road homers in a season, MLB team: new record, set by the Twins (152 through Tuesday).
• Most road homers in a season, AL team: new record, set by the Twins (152 though Tuesday).
• Most homers by NL rookie: Pete Alonso, New York Mets (47 homers through Tuesday).



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If you scale 1907's home run total (244) to 162 games and 30 teams you get 481. Which the 2019 majors passed in the middle of April.  99% of the 2019 rulebook is the same as it was in 1907.

Boston's Dave Brain led the majors in homers in '07 with 10.  This year 231 major leaguers have 11 or more homers with almost three weeks left on the schedule.  In 1907 86 players qualified for the batting title.  So there are almost three times as many players in 2019 with 11 homers as there were full-time regulars in 1907.

Zach Greinke has more homers this year than Hall of Famers Nap Lajoie, Frank Chance, George Davis, Jake Beckley, Jimmy Collins, Willie Keeler and Bobby Wallace had as regular position players in '07.

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"And last but not least, I’d be remiss if I didn’t single out one team that warms the cockles of my heart: the Baltimore baseball Orioles of Maryland, who broke the record for most homers allowed in a season in game number 128, and also whom we haven’t picked on enough lately. They wound up allowing 305, with the gap separating them from everyone else large enough to drive a semi-truck through."

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"My favorite part of their season, though, might be their stretch from July 29-Aug. 10. In that time, they played 11 games, and they allowed 5+ homers in six of them. Go take another look at that chart. Only eight other teams (Reds, Tigers, Astros, Rockies, Cubs, Rangers, Pirates, Angels) have ever had six such games in a season. Which means 70 percent of MLB teams have never had an entire season with six such games. Again, the 2019 Orioles did so in an 11-game stretch."

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