Major League Baseball: Teams break single-season home run record

Major League Baseball: Teams break single-season home run record

Gordon, the starting left fielder for the Kansas City Royals, hit a home run in the team's 5-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, the 5,694th of the 2017 Major League Baseball season, breaking the all-time single-season home run record.

Gordon's shot off Toronto reliever Ryan Tepera topped a mark set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era.

Toronto's Darwin Barney hit a more important one, though.

Only 4,186 home runs were scored in 2014, the lowest total in a non strike-affected season since 1993.

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This season, 31 players have already hit at least 30 home runs.

There have been 1.26 home runs per team per game this season - so that's 2.52 homers per game between the two teams - which is far and away the highest rate in history.

When the record was set in 2000 with 5,693 home runs, Sammy Sosa was the major league leader in home runs with 50, while Barry Bonds finished with 49.

Stanton has just 11 games left to reach 61, which is a magic number for home runs and a record help by Roger Maris for many years.

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