The home run ball has been the name of the game in 2019. As you may have heard, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred admitted that the baseball is a little different this year. With that said, we can look to the massive increase in home runs and accept that the new shape of the baseball is a main reason.
A recent post by Jay Jaffe of Fangraphs pointed out that 14 of the 30 teams in baseball are on pace to shatter their franchise’s single-season home run mark. The Dodgers are 6th on that list, on pace for 259 home runs this year to break last year’s record of 235 home runs.
The Dodgers are the 5th team to have 3 players reach 20 HR before July in MLB history. pic.twitter.com/UcPhw0YENh
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 29, 2019
During last night’s slug fest in Colorado, ESPN Stats & Info tweeted out that the three Dodgers’ power hitters have made baseball history. Cody Bellinger, Joc Pederson, and Max Muncy have joined an exceptional class on this leaderboard. The Dodgers join four other teams to have 3 players reach 20 home runs before the month of July.
Cody Bellinger’s 27, Joc Pederson’s 20, and Max Muncy’s 20 have made up 67 of the team’s 139 long balls this season. The only Dodger that’s close to the 20 home run mark is Kiké Hernandez with 13 on the year.
Here is Muncy’s 464-foot bomb in Colorado Friday night, which was his 20th of the season that put the Dodgers in the baseball history books.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 29, 2019