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2017 Dodgers Break Record For Players With 20 Or More Home Runs

Jun 20, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Cody Bellinger (35) celebrates with right fielder Yasiel Puig (66) after he hits a two run home run in the first inning against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Six Dodgers players have accumulated a total of 20 or more home runs in 2017, a first for the historic franchise.

Rookie of the Year candidate Cody Bellinger leads the way with 38 home runs, and only trails Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge for first among all rookies. The last Dodger to hit more home runs than Bellinger was Matt Kemp in 2011 (39), and he only needs two more to tie Mike Piazza and Gary Sheffield at #10 on the Dodgers’ all-time single season list.

When Puig has a good day, the Dodgers tend to have great games. Turner Ward has made a big difference ever since he was hired as the hitting coach, and one of his rewards are kisses on the cheek from Puig whenever he’s hit one of his 26 home runs.

Justin Turner is next on the list with 21 home runs, and it’s no surprise. Turner is putting up career numbers in 2017,and has really worked hard to master his signature leg-kick powered stance. He’s come a long way since his time as a New York Met, and the Dodgers certainly appreciate his consistent services throughout the year.

Yasmani Grandal, Corey Seager and Chris Taylor each have 20 home runs. Grandal hit his 20th last night in Philadelphia, and he needed it most because of a recent slump that he’s battling against. Chris Taylor has had a remarkable year after receiving an opportunity at the top of the order, and Seager is a rising star that has always been the aggressor in the count against any pitcher in baseball.

This team is still the best in baseball, despite a lackluster September. They’ll be a major problem for opposing teams in October, especially if they can rekindle some of that old magic from their wild streak during the Pre-All Star break portion of the season.

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Written by Kendall Lewis

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  1. I guess The team thinks that once the playoffs start they will just be able to turn it on. We are seeing another epic Dodger collapse. From a team people were thinking could top the Mariners record of 116 wins to a team that’s going to be lucky to win 100. If you can’t beat the Phillies OR the Padres, there’s not much chance of them beating The D’Backs they way they’re playing.

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