Last night, Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon hit the 5,694th home run of the season off Toronto Blue Jays’ Ryan Tepera. Gordon’s home run marked the most home runs in a single-season of the MLB.
The crazy part about this, is there is still roughly two weeks left until the playoffs start. Not only is the record broken, it is on pace to be shattered by the time this season comes to an end.
“A pretty cool thing to be a part of,” Gordon said. “I didn’t hit many this year, but I guess I made one count.”
A new record for most homers hit in a season – EVER.
— MLB (@MLB) September 20, 2017
The previous record was set in 2000, when total time runs reached 5,693. This is a pretty amazing achievement by the league as a whole considering the previous record was set at the peak of steroid use in the MLB.
While there are still many players using steroids, the MLB has cracked down on this issue and it is not as prominent as it once was in the first decade following the turn of the century.
Regardless, this is a pretty big accomplishment and should be treated as such